The Summer Sipper

A week at the Jersey Shore basking in the sun, eating home cooked meals as well as fried Oreos and thin crust pizza, and imbibing in cool libations is part of an ideal summer to me. I am lucky to be part of a family that loves good food. Vacationing with sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and grandparents means that the cooking duties are handled by different people each night. Sometimes a husband and wife team pair up, or a grandparent and grandkid, or two sister-in-laws join forces to create a memorable meal for all. Each brings their on tastes and cooking style to the dinner preparation. A bond is formed because family members who see each other only a couple times a year work together chopping, grilling, and serving their culinary creation. With extended family sharing dinner together, we reminisce about the past, tell stories about the days events, and plan for our future visits.

We have dined on a tomatoey fish stew loaded with scallops, mussels, clams, and mahi mahi called cioppino, lobsters, caprese salad and homemade peach and blueberry cobbler, and grilled tequila and lime chicken, steak and shrimp fajitas. A new drink creation is mixed up for happy hour every night and one of my favorites was made by my sister-in-law the mixologist.

The Summer Sipper is a refreshing concoction of limeade, mint, Pelligrino, and Malibu rum which is served on the rocks. I'll be enjoying this sparkling drink long after I return home from my days at the beach.

The Summer Sipper

makes enough for about 8 drinks

1 can frozen limeade concentrate
about 1 cup fresh mint leaves plus extra for garnish
4 cups water
1 cup Malibu rum
1 25-ounce Pelligrino

In a 2 quart pitcher, place 1/3 of the limeade concentrate and mint leaves. Smash the mint leaves with a wooden spoon to break up in small pieces. Add the remaining limeade concentrate, 4 cups water, the rum and Pelligrino and stir. Serve over ice with additional mint as a garnish.


La Bella Cooks said...

Now that is a perfect, refreshing summertime drink. I really need to try this one. Now, what exactly is a fried oreo? This can only mean something delicious!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Ahhh! Now that is my kind of vacation. What a great refreshing drink.

Paula said...

Oh where has this drink been all my life? This sounds so refreshing right now! I'd better make a double batch!
PS: What's a fried oreo?

krysta said...

it's a 110 today... i need this

Robin Sue said...

this drink is amazing, I will have to make this soon. I love Malibu Rum. What beach do you go to? I used to live in Mystic Island. Ok stop laughing! We liked LBI and Ocean City, Stone Harbor but ended up in Atlantic City too often, that is where all our company wanted to go.

Rindy R said...

I still can't perfect a Mojito - but how could I go wrong with this recipe! As far as I'm concerned - you haven't lived 'till you've had a fried Oreo!
Thanks for sharing!

amycaseycooks said...

bridgett and paula - fried oreos are oreo cookies dipped in a sweet batter - like pancake batter - then deep fried. sinful!!!

lisa - isn't the Jersey Shore great?!!

krysta - 110?!! I think you made need 2.

robin sue - I love the Jersey shore. We go to Manasquan - haven't been to Atlantic City yet.

rindy r - you'll love this drink. i need to limit my oreo intake for fear of sugar overload.

Leah said...

My family took beach vacations like that when I was growing up, and I'll always cherish those memories! Good times.

That drink looks fantastic, so pretty and summer-y. I'm sending the recipe to my printer as we speak, and adding rum to my grocery list!

Melynda@Scratch Made Food! said...

Wow, does this sound good! Love the combo of lime and mint. Thanks, one to make and enjoy.