Thursday, August 18


Kids are heading back to school. And they're getting out freshly sharpened pencils and writing in their crisp composition notebooks what they did on their summer vacation.

In that spirit, I'm sharing what I drank on my summer vacation (and what you should drink as you squeeze in the final days of summer).

One of my favorite things about summer are the fruit and vegetable stands on the side of the road (the precursor to the modern day farmer's market trend). I just loved that I could buy fruit, still warm from sunbathing on the tree, straight from the family who picked it. When we're back in South Carolina on vacation in the summer, I like to find road-side stands for peaches, strawberries, watermelons, and boiled peanuts.

Digression? I don't think so. Strawberry Vodka. I got the idea in late June from David Lebovitz. All you do is clean and cut up the fruit. Cover with plain vodka. Steep for 4-5 days (who can wait that long?) at least 2 days. Discard fruit. I used the vodka with a splash of tonic and a squeeze of lime. Delicious and refreshing. There's still some of you that can find ripe and tasty strawberries.

photo courtesy of David Lebovitz

On to the next fresh veggie-inspired cocktail. My brother made habañero tequila (see the danger/cross & skull bones? it's serious stuff!). Mixed with grapefruit juice, it is ON POINT! We called it a margarita b/c we put salt on the rim of our glasses. This cocktail will slightly burn your lips and mouth for the first few sips. Hurts so good.

photo courtesy of Eric Thome

Whether you're savoring the end of summer or toasting to the oncoming school year, get yourself some liquor, fruit or peppers, and be an stay-at-home mixologist.

Here's a recipe for you: Watermelon Jalapeño Cocktail Cooler

Rather let someone else do the mixing for you? Order a Southern Screwdriver at Husk or a Dewberry Swizzle at Anvil Bar & Refuge.