In the cooler climate of the UK I’m reading about the US heat wave and have to admit feeling a bit envious. Its been raining here for days and the temperatures have hardly cracked the 70s which I know would sound ideal to many of you.
Which got me thinking to what I do to cool down when it gets so hot, since I grew up in Florida and lived for five years in Texas I know about heat. And some of my favorites ways to beat it are the obvious ones sitting in the pool or under a ceiling fan. But I also enjoy making granitas, sorbets, cool salads for dinner and of course frozen adult beverages.
A quick an easy granita combines one pot of your favorite coffee, 2/3 cup of sugar, combine them pour into a square baking dish (I use my lasagna one!) and then freeze, every hour you scrape the dessert and by dinner time you have a delicious frozen dessert that I add a little whipped cream to.
In my upcoming release A CASE OF KISS AND TELL one of the secondary characters Jane is a lifestyle guru similar to Martha Stewart and she has a concoction called a firecracker mojito. I’ve been a fan of mojitos for a since I tried my first one with my then editor Natashya Wilson in San Francisco. We had pomegranate mojitos–truly delicious and since then I’ve been experimenting with mixing different flavors with the basic sugar water, mint and rum. My favorite right now is mango.
What’s your favorite way to beat the heat or mixed tropical drink? I’ve got a copy of A CASE OF KISS AND TELL (win it before you can buy it!) for two lucky blog participants.