Blender Drinks and Heatwaves

It’s hot, very hot in New Hampshire. The whole Northeast is having a heat wave, and today was over 100 degrees (a record) for July 6th.

Personally, I think it’s summer, it’s hot, it’s great, but everyone and their aunt seems to be complaining. I instead went for a nice long bike ride of 25 miles in the morning, a quick dip in the ocean, and then retired to my cool office and worked most of the day.

Festive Blender Drink!My doc says I can exercise all I want in the heat, as long as I stay hydrated. I’m no athlete, just a fat middle aged guy who doesn’t realize it. I drank lots of water during my ride and all day in fact.

One of my favorite types of drinks when it’s hot (although not on bike rides!) are blender drinks. You know, the frozen drinks usually with fruit flavors and pureed ice, and sometimes alcohol. Now a word of warning: alcohol is dehydrating so take it easy.

We made Pina Coladas for the kids today. They were pre-mixed and came in a large jug, and we blended than with ice in our trusty Osterizer blender. Obviously for the kids as they are 6, 7, and 10, we gave them no alcohol! Ours did have a bit of Captain Morgans Rum in them however.

There is something very cooling about a glass of flavorful slush, which is really what a blender drink is. The best ones are made with fresh fruits, but even our pre-mixed Pina Coladas from Sams Club were wonderful. Plus, I didn’t have to worry about hurting myself cutting open coconuts with a machete like a friend of mine did!

Frozen Margaritas are one of the most popular, although I prefer mine on the rocks with salt. Pina Colada and Daiquiris are also extremely popular. An Ice Crusher Blade can be helpful.

The best I’ve ever had were made with whatever fruit looked best at the market, semi-expertly blender in our Osterizer by me. When the fruit is great, an expert is not required!

I’ll be experimenting over the summer. Why not a frozen gin and tonic, or Jack Daniels and Coke? I’ll stop short of a frozen Martini (yuck, that would not be a real Martini). Maybe frozen Kool Aide for the kids, frozen root beer with a tad of ice cream, frozen chicken soup – OK, maybe not :)

I will remind everyone once again that alcohol is dehydrating so if you are making frozen alcoholic drinks as I sometimes do, take care!