Staying Cool This Summer
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Staying Cool This Summer. I shared this photo on Father’s Day on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages with a teaser about a yummy drink recipe…We had such a fabulous day on Sunday! Partially because we were able to stay cool in the blistering Florida heat with our Arctic Cove Polar Party. Some of my kiddos are super sensitive to the heat and become dehydrated and sick feeling very quickly, so staying cool (both literally and figuratively) is very important. We cooked out, swam in the pool, watched the boys play catch, worked on the garden, played some corn hole…and just had a fantastic day celebrating!
I was recently sent several boxes of awesome from Arctic Cove, and I cannot tell you how much we love everything we were sent! However, the Polar Party is *my* favorite! It’s a light, a mister, and it has a Bluetooth speaker! It’s easy to use, and move around the yard, despite it’s size. The base is designed to accommodate a 5 gallon bucket of water (we have added ice chunks to it too). The battery compartment is (obviously) water tight, and we can put an iPod IN it if we want. We have even used the speakers for outdoor movie nights! The mist is cooling, and can soak you if you stand under it for a little while. The kids all love running under it…I enjoy sitting close enough to get a spritz of water, but not soaked. We use it several times a week, and our guests (and even the neighbors that saw us using it out front when we shoveled dirt for our garden – seen in the background) have all asked about it.
Since we spend so much time outdoors in the summer, it’s very important to drink plenty of fluids. I don’t always want my kids drinking sugary juice drinks, or even sports drinks. And, frankly, sometimes plain water can be boring. So, this week I made a frozen drink using our Margaritaville Mixer, watermelon, strawberries, and a simple basil syrup with ice. I added a shot of Vodka to the adult drinks too. The kids and adults loved virgin version, and I am sure that I will be making more very soon.
- 2 Cups Water
- 1 Cup Cane Sugar
- 3-6 Fresh Basil Leaves
- 1 Cup of Ice
- 1 Cup of Fresh Cut Watermelon
- 1/2 Cup of Fresh Cut Strawberries
- 1/4 Cup + of Basil Simple Syrup
- Shot of Vodka or Light Rum
- Add all ingredients in mixing jug and mix until smooth
- Add Ice in Ice reservoir
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixing jug and mix as normal
- We made two varieties, one for the kids and one for the adults.