Have you read any good books this summer? Sometimes I fantasize about taking an entire week off from work and doing nothing but reading. Of course, this will never happen. If I did happen to take a week off from work without having plans, I’d most likely spend 50% of that in the kitchen, 25% sleeping, and 25% zoning out in front of my computer. And I’d end the week with a huge stack of unread books and a major deficit in my vacation time. Also, I’d still be pale. To be fair, I also often dream about taking a week off to organize my basement (confession: we still have a ton of boxes here from when we first moved in), but really, if I have any time off in the summer, the chances of me spending it in the basement are slim to none.
These Watermelon Rosé Slushies are pretty much the perfect, “I’m taking time off and I deserve to indulge” treat. They’re easy to make and won’t keep you from your relaxation time. They’ll help beat the heat on a hot day, while also allowing you to relax a bit. They’re best paired with a backyard deck, a good book, and an entire afternoon of freedom in front of you. Basically heaven, right?
All you need to do is chop some watermelon into cubes and place in the freezer to chill until frozen. Then simply pop it in a blender with your rosé and a little bit of lime juice.
I recommend letting the slushies chill a bit more after scooping them into glasses, otherwise they’ll get super melty super quickly. Not that that’s really a bad thing… You can start off by eating them with a spoon and finish by sipping straight from the glass.
This is totally the kind of life I signed up for. You know, sipping on watermelon rosé slushies all day long in the hot summer sun. And yes, it’s been HOT in Boston lately. But I’m absolutely loving it. Every year, I make a pledge not to complain about being hot since winters are so long and cold and miserable in New England. But honestly, it’s really not that hard for me because I love the heat so much and rarely get “too hot.”
I’m also very lucky and have AC in my home… I think trying to sleep is the only time I get a little uncomfortable in the heat. Otherwise, I’m more than happy to sit outside and just cool off with an endless supply of slushies.
One of these days, I really will take a day to put my to-do list away and sit outside with a stack of books. My current stack is sitting on my nightstand and residing on my kindle and I still have quite a few I want to get through before summer ends. Most notably, Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand (favorite summer reads author ever), Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (so far, I’m in love… Also, her podcast is awesome), Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (so excited she has a new book out!), and The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jeffries.
My reading list is hefty, but my cocktail glass is also filled with slushie, so we’re all good!
Of course, if you’re more of a social type, this is also the perfect treat to serve your friends. Who would ever turn down a rosé slushy?? Then again, books are my best friends, so…
But actually, maybe it’s time to make these watermelon rosé slushies my new best friend… They’re pretty, sweet, and always completely delightful.
What are your favorite summer book recommendations this year?
- 4 cup diced frozen watermelon
- 1 bottle (750 ml) rosé
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- Lime zest for garnish
- Put frozen watermelon, rosé, and lime juice in blender and blend until slushy.
- Pour mixture into glasses and place in freezer for about 30 minutes to firm up a bit more.
- Top with lime zest before serving.