As summer winds down, it’s very easy to remember a simple time when my biggest concern was summer ending and school starting. I liked school most of the time but there is something bittersweet about summer coming to an end and structure re-entering our lives.
First day of school pictures are starting to float around my social media and memories of my school days are fluttering back. One of the things that most marks my time in middle school specifically was my most treasured store at the mall – Bath and Body Works.
You know you are with me. Right?
Something about the sweet scent of that place drew me in and encouraged me to spend all my birthday money on sweet scented lotions and body spray. I’m not sure if it was the age or just the familiarity of the names but it seems my signature scent was always food themed. Or, as my dad so bluntly put it, “you smell like a fruit salad”
Country Apple was a mainstay for sure, Warm Vanilla Sugar is (and was) a classic, Coconut Lime Verbena came on the scene later as a trendy choice but there was ALWAYS a special place in my heart for Cucumber Melon.
In the best possible way, this cocktail tastes just like Cucumber Melon smells.
This nostalgic lotion was truly not the catalyst for creating this cocktail. I love the combination of cucumber and watermelon in salads and I so desperately wanted to do a cocktail version this summer. But once I made it and smelled it and tasted it, all those memories came flooding back and it was awesome.
So, before the weather starts to cool down, as you savor the last few weeks of summer – I encourage you to try this cocktail. It takes a tiny bit of foresight to freeze your cucumber and watermelon but it’s totally worth it to get the perfect consistency. It’s creamy, cooling and refreshing and will take you back to that place of youth.
Cucumber Melon Frose
- 1 1/2 cups watermelon cubes, frozen
- 1/4 cup diced seedless cucumber, frozen
- 4 ounces dry rose
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar, optional
In a blender, combine all ingredients and process until smooth and frothy. Add additional agave as needed for sweetness, very ripe watermelons will not need more. Serve immediately.