Watermelon-Berry Lemonade

Recipe by Better Homes & Gardens™

Servings: 12

 

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • 3 cups hulled and quartered strawberries
  • Two 12-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 8 cups water
  • Wedges of fresh watermelon (optional)
  • Whole hulled strawberries (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. In blender, combine half of the watermelon, strawberries and lemonade concentrate. Cover; blend until smooth. Transfer to serving container. Repeat with remaining. Add water, chill up to 2 days.
  2. Serve over ice with watermelon wedges and strawberries. Makes 12 servings.

 

Tips:

Make up to 2 days ahead; cover and refrigerate. To serve, stir and add berries and watermelon wedges.

 

 

Nutritional Facts:

Per Serving: 145 calories, (0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 8 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

 

Watermelon Cooler

Recipe by Betty Crocker

Yield: 8 Servings

Watermelon Cooler

Photo by Betty Crocker

Ingredients: 

  • 8 c. 1/2-inch cubes watermelon
  • 1-1/2 c. ginger ale
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 can (6 oz.) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed

 

Directions:

  1. Place watermelon cubes in single layer in 1-gallon resealable freezer plastic bag; freeze 8 hours. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes.
  2. In blender, place half each of watermelon, ginger ale, water and limeade concentrate. Cover; blend on medium speed until smooth. Pour mixture into pitcher. Repeat with remaining ingredients; stir into mixture in pitcher. Serve immediately.

 

Tips:

  • Look for seedless watermelon in the produce department to save having to remove the seeds when cutting the watermelon into cubes.
  • Garnish each cooler with a lime wedge and fresh mint leaves threaded on a fancy toothpick.

 

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Shamrock Shake at Home Recipe

By Sarah Karnasiewicz

 

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Photo by Williams-Sonoma.  For another mint milkshake recipe, click here

Our homemade take on the fast food favorite keeps the minty flavor (and awesome color!)  you love—but ditches the corn syrup and food coloring.

But before you go crying into your cup, take heart. We headed to the kitchen for some experimentation. The happy results? A homemade version that keeps the cool color and flavor, with just six ingredients.

DIY Shamrock Shake

The addition of heavy cream might seem indulgent here, but it has a practical purpose. Just as beating cream with a whisk will result in whipped cream, whirring some in your blender along with the rest of your ingredients will lend the finished drink a decadently rich, mousse-like texture.

 

Yield: 2 shakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract

Directions:

Place the ice cream, milk, cream, mint, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract in a blender.
Blend until smooth and frothy.
And if you really want to live it up…. Adults ONLY!

Boozy Shamrock Shake

This twist on the classic gets a little pep in its step from the addition of a shot of Branca Menta, an Italian amaro with a complex minty, herbal edge. But if you can’t find it in your local store, classic creme de menthe will also do in a pinch!

 

Yield: Makes 2 shakes
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 oz Branca Menta liqueur
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Place the ice cream, milk, cream, mint, Branca Menta, mint, and vanilla extract in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and frothy.

Purple People Eater Punch

Purple People Eater Punch/Taste of Home.com
Photo by Taste of Home

This Taste of Home Test Kitchen punch recipe was inspired by the hit novelty hit song “Purple People Eater,” as recorded by Sheb Wooley.

Singer and acter Sheb Wooley appearing  in July 1958 issue of LIFE magazine.

Singer and acter Sheb Wooley appearing in July 1958 issue of LIFE magazine. Shown here with a Purple People Eater.

Yield: 5 quarts/approximately 26 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts red grape juice, chilled
  • 4 drops neon purple food coloring
  • 2 liters club soda, chilled
  • 2 quarts vanilla ice cream, softened

 

 

Directions:

Pour grape juice into a 6-quart punch bowl; add food coloring.  Slowly pour in club soda.  Gently spoon ice cream into the punch and whisk to swirl.  Serve immediately.

 

Originally published as Purple People Eater Punch in Taste of Home Halloween Food & Fun 2008, p47

 

 

 

Haunting Hot Chocolate

Ooooooh, spooky! Delight little goblins and float a ghost-shape marshmallow on this hot white chocolate drink.

Haunting Hot Chocolate
Photo by Better Homes & Gardens©

Yield:  6 ounces or 5 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 orange
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cup vanilla-flavored baking pieces or vanilla-flavored candy coating
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla Whipped cream (optional)
  • Ground nutmeg (optional)
  • Purchased marshmallow ghosts (like Peeps®)

Directions:

  1. Remove peel of orange with vegetable peeler; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine 1/4 cup of the milk, the vanilla-flavored baking pieces, orange peel, and nutmeg; whisk over low heat until baking pieces are melted. Remove orange peel. Whisk in remaining milk and heat through. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
  3. Serve warm in mugs. Add a marshmallow ghost, dollop with whipped cream, and sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (Haunting Hot Chocolate)

Per serving: 221 kcal cal., 12 g fat (9 g sat. fat, 20 mg chol., 72 mg sodium, 22 g carb., 5 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

“Shirley Temple” Drink Recipe

In honor of the cultural icon and talent who stole many hearts, a drink was created for the little curly headed dancer and actress.  At 21 years of age, she retired from the Hollywood scene and later became a United States ambassador.  On Monday, Feb. 10, she died at the age of 85.

Here’s your chance to create your own version of the non-alcoholic beverage.

Shirley Temple, child star

Child star Shirley Temple

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 3 ounces ginger ale
  • Dash grenadine
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish

Directions: Pour lemon-lime soda and ginger ale into a glass with ice cubes. Then, add a dash of grenadine. Finally, stir your refreshing drink and top it off with a cherry.

For more information on Shirley Temple and the Mocktail… click here.