Hello, hello. I'd like to say that the last month has been frenzied and frantic, thus explaining my lack of any new posts in quite some time. However, just the opposite is true--the last month has been a slow and lazy wind-down to another school year. Final projects, calculating year-end grades, graduations and their accompanying parties and festivities. And that's about it. No good excuse on my end.
What better time for a refreshing beverage? None, I assert! Fortunately, I am here offering up two delicious drink selections. First, the perfect daytime fizzly: a Campari orange spritzer. (By the way, now would be a good time to confess that I purchased yet another Barefoot Contessa cookbook, Back to Basics, where I happily stumbled across this drink.) It's just a little boozier than freshly squeezed lemonade and more refreshing than an evening cocktail.
Take a tall glass, fill it with several ice cubes. Pour in 1/4 cup Campari (I used Aperol because it was what we had on hand. Worked great.) Add 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 1.5 juicing oranges per drink). Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling or soda water and add an orange slice for garnish if it pleases your fancy.
Okay, so for this fruity treat you'll need a blender--hand held or traditional. Into the blender throw 1 frozen (peeled) banana. Add at least 1/2 cup milk, more if the milkshake is too thick. Throw in a bit of vanilla extract, maybe 1/4-1/2 teaspoon. Blend. Pour. Straw. Enjoy. For a protein boost, add peanut butter. (Yum!) For a sweet tooth, add some chocolate syrup. All good options.
Stay cool and enjoy the holiday. Happy independence.