Cheers to second summer with a glass watermelon frose, an easy to make and easily sippable cocktail full of quintessential summer flavors.
Yesterday as I was getting ready for work, our local weatherman came on TV, you know, as he does during the local news breaks during the Today Show. Irma has been all the rage over here (sending much love to all those affected in the Caribbean and Florida), but Charlotte mostly avoided Irma’s wrath but for some wind and rain, downed trees and power lines (and of course, not a single bottle of water to be found at the grocery store). Besides a bottled water draught, we also experienced some chilly temps (I had to wear a sweater last weekend!) and it was starting to feel like fall when it’s supposed to (anyone else when Labor Day hits like fall! Now! Please! Let’s go!).
Anyways, as I was brushing my teeth and digging for my work badge, our weatherman’s weekend forecast stuck with me: second summer. Sure, temperatures dipped and I immediately wanted to be cozy in front of the fire every single night, but Sunday it will be 86 degrees, so I don’t see us turning on the fireplace in the foreseeable future. Instead I see sunny days and shorts and probably pushing pause on fall for a while. Second summer.
Part of second summer definitely is savoring the flavors of summer while we still have them. I’m not quite ready to retire red, ripe tomatoes. And I’m looking forward to perusing late season peaches and watermelons at the farmers market this weekend. And since it’ll be feeling more like summer than fall, I’m going to pass on a pint of pumpkin beer (for now) and enjoy a glass (or two if we’re being honest) of watermelon frose.
Sure, this super summery watermelon frose recipe should have been something I shared, oh I don’t know, when it was seasonally appropriate at the beginning of summer. Well, good timing has never been my forte. While everyone else is rolling out pumpkin spice this and apple that (it’s almost decorative gourd season after all) I’m going to do what I want and share a summer recipe like watermelon frose in September because I can. And also, because you’re really going to enjoy it.
Watermelon frose is so, so easy too (my favorite kind of recipe, it’s almost not a recipe at all). Get yourself a watermelon, and cut it into chunks (or do what I do and whine until your husband cuts it into chunks for you). Freeze said watermelon chunks (not all, but some). Get a bottle of rose. Freeze a few cubes of rose (again, not all, but some). In a blender, blend some frozen watermelon, some frozen rose, and some unfrozen watermelon and rose. Lime juice too. Until you get a good consistency. There you have it, watermelon frose.
While I thought I was ready for bootie and blanket scarf season, maybe not quite yet. After all, I’ll be wearing a tank top to the Panthers game this weekend. So for now, I’m going to raise a glass of watermelon frose and cheers to second summer.
- 1 bottle rose wine
- Frozen watermelon cubes (3 cups)
- Unfrozen watermelon cubes (2 cups)
- lime juice (2 limes)
- Put about half the wine and half of the watermelon cubes into blender. Blend until smooth. Evaluate consistency and add more frozen watermelon or wine and blend again. Continuing slowly adding until you get desired consistency. Blend in juice of 1-2 limes.