In my relentless effort to enjoy a few more of the joys summer brings before the season changes, it occurred to me that frosty drinks are a simple way to stay attached to that airy feeling. For me, anything with a hint of sweetness and unexpected aromatic infusions help me get through an otherwise sticky day.
But instead of sipping on the average cocktail, why not try something different? Since you're probably skipping those high-calorie desserts to keep your waistline trim, try these summery drinks that are like desserts-in-a-glass. A sweet way to finish off a meal and the season.
B’s Honey Star Anise Lemonade
As of late, I’ve been thirsty for lemonade. Been drinking for breakfast, dinner and even at two in the morning. I’m not talking about Minute Maid or Chick-fil-A type lemonade, I’m talking about the freshly squeezed stuff you sweeten as you please. My choice for dulce: honey! L.O.V.E IT! Growing up, my mom would make my dad limeade and add some anise liquor for him to sip on while he’d mow the lawn! I thought it was strange, but was always amazed at the smell; especially juxtaposed with whiffs of freshly cut grass. I then started incorporating an “adult” version to my dinner parties and cooking lessons!
Here, a refreshingly, simple and thirst quenching summer drink. No more plain Jane lemonade. For that rustic and nostalgic look, serve it in recycled mason jars (I use old Ragu jars, too). I let my jars chill for a while because adding ice just waters it down; and a watered down drink is just no good!
In martini shaker, add ice cream, milk, Irish Cream and ice. Shake well. In small non-stick sauce pan, bring sugar to boil, stirring constantly with wooden spoon until sugar has liquified and is caramel in color. Remove from heat and continue stirring until caramel starts to thicken a little. Using tablespoon, drizzle caramel around the inside of chilled martini glass. Pour dulce de leche cocktail into martini glass.
- 2 lemons
- 1/4 cup honey
- 8-10 star anise
- 1 liter water
Add lemon juice and honey to room temperature water. Shake well. Martini shakers are good for this. Add star anise. Shake again. Refrigerate for 45 mins. Serve over ice, if desired.