Here are some cures for the summertime blues.
To make a simple syrup for cocktails, stir together equal parts water and sugar, and heat over medium-high until sugar is completely dissolved. Let it boil a minute and then cool completely. Keep it stored in the refrigerator.
Agave nectar is also a great (albeit more expensive) sweetener with a summery personality that I love with fruit.
Now for my own recipe, a fruity and fizzy summer punch. You can make it with juice squeezed from the remnants of watermelon you might have after using a melon baller. I call it Watermelon Candy (because I’m sweet on candy).
- 1/2 cup (4 oz) watermelon juice (squeezed & strained from fresh watermelon)
- 1/4 cup (2 oz) vodka
- 1/4 cup (2 oz) fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 cup (2 oz) pomegranate juice
- 1 Tbsp (1/2 oz) triple sec
- ice cubes
- grapefruit or lemon-lime soda
Shake the watermelon juice, vodka, lemon juice, triple sec, and pomegranate juice in a jar or cocktail shaker. Serve in two glasses over plenty of ice cubes, and top off with soda (nearly as much soda as other liquids for a friendly, sweet drink).