HALLIE EPHRON: I love the changing seasons. In winter we hang out in the front of the house, the cozy living room with a fireplace (even though it doesn't work, it's the thought that counts.)
Now that the weather has warmed and days are longer, we've migrate to the back of the house to the sunny addition, two steps down from the rest of the house with views all around of the backyard.
We change our quilt from heavy toasty warm to layers of barely-there cotton blankets. Dried flowers get replaced by fresh greens and buds from the garden.
Food changes too. Soups begone! Roasted meats and vegetables are out. Hot cocoa festers for the next eight months in the cabinet.
Instead it's salads and platters of antipasti or cold poached seafood and veggies with a warm baguette. Last night it was shrimp with tomatoes, cucumbers and fetah cheese topped with fresh oregano and parsley from the garden (plants that survived the winter). And cold wild rice salad. Strawberries (they've been SO good this spring!) for dessert.
Oh, and haul out the barbecue and the pots for boiling corn and clams and lobster, all of which are on sale (finally) at the supermarket this week.
I've put away the sherry, my go-to winter cocktail. Sidelined red wine. Now it's chilled whites and roses and homemade Sangria. Also I've discovered hard cider, now with lots of brands to choose from. My current favorite: Woodchuck Granny Smith hard cider. It's the closest to what I remember drinking the first time I had hard cider years ago in Normandy. Not too bitter, not too sweet, very fresh tasting. A revelation.
And I confess, I have a soft spot for Budweiser. But only in the summer. And Prosecco is year round.
Here's my summer white wine Sangria - cheap, light, not too sweet and goes down easy.
Summer White Wine Sangria for two
8 ounces of light white wine (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio...)
2 ounces of Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
Juice from 1 lime
A few sliced up strawberries
4 oz orange juice
DIRECTIONS: Mix first 5 ingredients together, pour over ice (in two 12-oz tumblers, MUCH bigger than the wimpy ones in the picture), and top each glass off with sparkling water.
So what about you? Do you eat and drink differently as the seasons change? And if you have a favorite summer drink recipe, please share it!