I hate summer. There, I said it. I'm probably one of the few people that do, but it's hot, it's sticky, the sun burns my pale, pale skin, and did I mention it's hot? I drive people; mainly my husband – crazy on a daily basis with my complaints about the daily humidity. Why yes, it's humid every day, we live on the East Coast, there is no escaping it in the summer months.
The secret truth is though, as much as loathe summer, I secretly love it too. If I could get rid of the heat and the bugs – oh I forgot about the bugs – and replace it just with summer produce, I'd be a really happy girl.
No other time of year are we rewarded with such bounty: tomatoes, corn, peaches, berries, cherries, herbs, greens and watermelon. I have to be controlled at ever farmer's market I attend because I want to buy everything I see, and there's only so much two people can consume!
My love affair with fresh produce started young with trips to local farms, and big slices of watermelon for dessert after dinner. I have fond memories of biting into a slice and not caring one bit about the juice running down my face and arms.
These days I'm a little neater when I eat, and I'd rather not waste that precious watermelon juice! Yes – cold slices are satisfying after a big meal, but what's even better is sipping on a cooling watermelon cocktail on a hot day. I love pureeing fruit and switching out grapefruit juice that's traditional found in a paloma.
A paloma is a fancy name for tequila + fizzy soda + lime, and it is so, so good. If we're getting technical this would just be a watermelon tequila spritzer, but as long as it tastes good you can call it whatever you want!
To make the cocktail:
Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker
Wusthof Santoku Knife - 5 inch