I don’t want to jinx it, but with the arrival of June tomorrow, I think I can say it: Summer is upon us!
With summer comes long days, deck sitting, barbecuing, hosting parties, going to parties, and everything of the sort. Potlucks are plentiful, so I thought I might help you out and toss some ideas for things you can bring or just make at home. When I’m bored I get lost in the rabbit hole that is Pinterest, so I’m glad I can now use it for good.
We’ll start it off easy with a nice refreshing strawberry lemonade ice cream float. It’s a quick recipe, only 5 ingredients, including fresh strawberries (come to the farmer’s market starting June 20th!), and light lemonade, you could even go homemade here if you wanted.
Ingredients: 1 pint of fresh strawberries, 1 tablespoon of granulated or powdered sugar, 3 cups of vanilla bean ice cream, 1.5 cups of light lemonade, and some extra strawberries for an optional but very delicious garnish. Instructions: Slice 7-8 strawberries and place in a small pan over low heat, sprinkle strawberries with sugar and stir intermittently until mixture boils (at this point it is also a delicious syrup for over your pancakes!), remove from heat and put in a glass bowl to cool. Now for the fun stuff: put a couple scoops of ice cream into a tall glass, pour half the strawberry mixture over the ice cream, slice the rest of the strawberries and add them to your glass, then fill ‘er up with lemonade! Want to see the recipe? I found it here.
This next one is one of my favorites because it’s super delicious, easy, and perfect for those summer afternoons. So when I think of sitting on the deck enjoying the sun, I think of watermelon and spitting the seeds off the deck. Maybe at no one, maybe at an annoying sibling [oops]. How about a cake made of fresh watermelon with whipped cream frosting and fresh fruit on top? To me that sounds like a decently healthy dessert while also being a messy snacking opportunity in the process.
Here’s how this goes: pick out your favorite watermelon, then slice off each end so you have two flat surfaces. Once you’ve done that, be ready for the messy/snacking part- put it on one of the flat ends then slice off all the rind (outside) of the watermelon. At the end, you should have a cake-like shaped, fully edible, watermelon. This next step is actually really important, I know it sounds weird, but use a cloth towel and take off the top moisture from your watermelon. This will make it so the whipped cream frosting stays in place. Congratulations! The hard stuff is all over. Slap your favorite whipped cream on there, store bought or homemade, and pile other fresh fruit on top. Voila! Another delicious way to eat watermelon.
Alright. I know you’ve had enough of the G-rated easy sweets. I get you’re ready to kick it up a little bit. Other than the obvious gummies in vodka, grapes in wine, pudding shots (so delicious, you should try these if you haven’t yet), and other vodka soaked fruits, there are a ton of ways to change innocent desserts into adult desserts. Popsicle’s, for instance, are one of the easiest desserts to convert. I found this great site that has poptail recipes: Endles Poptails.
I’m a fan of whiskey, so we’re going with the Limoncello and Raspberry Whiskey Sour Poptail for #FoodieFriday. By the end of this, you’ll have about 12 2.5 oz poptails that you really shouldn’t enjoy all at once, especially if you are measurement impaired. Ingredients: 1 pint of lemon sorbet, 4 oz of limoncello, 2 oz of whiskey, 2 ¼ oz of raspberries, 4 oz of lemonade, and 1/2 oz of whiskey. Instructions: Grab your blender and blend the sorbet, limoncello, and whiskey together until smooth, then set aside. Next blend the raspberries, lemonade, and whiskey together until smooth. Pour this mixture into a measuring cup with a spout for easy pouring, then get your popsicle forms ready. Fill wells ¾ of the way up with limoncello mixture. Slowly and carefully pour raspberry mixture against side walls of wells for a layered effect. Cover the top of your popsicle forms with foil and poke a small hole where you can put the stick through. Now is the hard part of waiting for them to freeze. Pro-tip: when you first put them into your freezer, make sure they are labeled so you (and any kids) know they are 21+.
So I get you may not be up for making your own easy sweets, which is fully acceptable. We have a ton of places in Downtown Manchester who would love to stock you up for your special occasions, potlucks, barbecues, and whatever else you can think of. Here are a few places for you to check out!
Granite State Candy Shoppe, 832 Elm Street
Queen City Cupcakes, 790 Elm Street
Lala’s Hungarian Pastry, 836 Elm Street
Van Otis Chocolates, 341 Elm Street
Dancing Lion, 917 Elm Street
Dulce’s Bakery, 424 Chestnut Street
Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, 940 Elm Street
Edible Arrangements, 1000 Elm Street
Thank you for tuning into this week’s #FoodieFriday featuring Easy Sweets! Tune in next week for more information about the best restaurants, cafes and bars in downtown Manchester!
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