It’s Getting Warmer and I Just Wanna Chill

It’s hard to believe it’s already June. By now, most of you are gearing up for summer or have already eked out those much-needed handfuls of vacation days for your mental health or relaxation. It seems you’ve been waiting forever for the day when you can finally trade in your parkas and gloves for a swimsuit and sun block. Lucky you! According to the calendar, that time is nearly here. T-minus 17 days and counting…

As the Northern Hemisphere begins to point toward summer and the days start get longer (and the nights shorter), I’m looking a little further into the future – beyond the initially warm summer nights, outdoor concerts and cookouts – to the hot, muggy, relentlessly sticky days that make me sweat like a pig and long for a lengthy trip into the giant beer cooler at the supermarket. You know what I’m talking about: the days where it feels like you’re trying to breathe through a hot, wet sponge…

I’ve always told friends and family that, “I prefer fall or winter. During winter, if you’re cold, you can always add layers, wrap-up in thick Rum Runnerheavy blankets or light a fire in the fireplace. In summer, when it’s broiling, you can only take off so much before getting arrested for public indecency.” So, I’m sitting here looking up cold drinks to brace myself for those days when all you sun worshippers will be out having a ball and I’ll be so drenched in sweat that it’ll make a drowned river rat look like a piece of dehydrated fruit.

This classic sounds like it’ll do the trick:

Rum Runner

2 cups ice (use more for a thicker, colder drink. Use less to avoid the deep-freeze headache)
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz blackberry liqueur
1 oz orange liqueur or triple sec
1 oz banana liqueur
1 oz light rum
1 oz dark rum
Splash of grenadine
1 oz Bacardi 151

Fill your blender with 2 cups ice. Add pineapple juice, blackberry liqueur, orange liqueur, banana liqueur, light and dark rums, and a splash of grenadine for sweetness. Blend until smooth. Garnish with an orange slice and pour an ounce of 151 Rum into the straw for an extra kick.

It’s refreshing to know that on those intolerably hot days ahead when the wind will blow, leaving me to feel like someone has put a hairdryer in my face and set it to HIGH, at least I’ll be able to kick back and chill an icy cold rum runner and look forward to the cooler seasons ahead.


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