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Compiled By Hilary Brady | Photography By Keith Ketchum

Summertime is synonymous with frozen drinks and freshly churned ice cream, drool worthy desserts and classic cookouts. Lucky for you, there are several hot spots in southern Brunswick County to keep you cool this summer. Or in the case that you want to get creative at home, there is no shortage of summertime recipes that will make your taste buds do the tango.

Whether you’re beach bound and need a cool down or you’re barbecuing with buddies and want to make your evening sizzle, we have some goods for you.

Here’s what’s tasty in southern Brunswick County this summer.

What’s tasty: Red Bull Smoothie
The price: $4.90
Where to get it: Jumpin’ Java Espresso Co. in Shallotte
More info: jumpinjava.co; (910) 754 5282
Description of deliciousness: A frozen drink that will have you instantly exploding with energy? Yes, please! Who doesn’t need an extra little hop in their summer step? Grab one of Jumpin’ Java’s red Bull Smoothies (or the equally popular 5 Hour Energy Smoothie) on a warm afternoon to both cool you down and pick you up.

What’s tasty: Mango Italian Ice
The price: $3 for a small, $4 for a medium, $7 for a souvenir cup
Where to get it: Sunset Slush in Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Holden Beach or Oak Island
More info: sunsetslush.com; (910) 575-2020
Description of deliciousness: Looking for something a little bit healthy and a whole lot yummy? Italian ice is gluten free, dairy free, cholesterol free, fat free and low in calories. Most importantly, the irresistible ice is available in 50 refreshing flavors that can make your lips pucker or your sweet tooth smile. Mango, creamsicle, lemon-lime and cherry are the season’s most popular flavors.

What’s tasty: Homemade Ice Cream
The price: $3 for a scoop
Where to get it: Calabash Creamery
More info: calabashcreamery.com; (910) 575-1180
Description of deliciousness: From bubble gum to butter pecan, fudge ripple to rocky road, no matter your age, there’s something heavenly about a heaping ice cream cone on a summer afternoon. Kids and kids at heart have called Calabash Creamery their favorite spot for sticky fingers and satisfied tummies for four years in a row. Whether you love the fresh ingredients or the Creamery’s mascots Scoop and dip, the store’s homemade ice cream is always a summertime hit.

What’s tasty: Key Lime Pie
The price: $13.49
Where to get it: Seaside Bakery in Ocean Isle Beach
More info: seasidebakery.net; (910) 579 3052
Description of deliciousness: Need a sweet treat for a special summer occasion? There’s nothing better than biting into a cool pie (or “paaa” as they say it in the South) on a hot afternoon. Seaside Bakery is renowned for its chilled pies: chocolate silk pie, cheesecake pie, brownie bit pie and, now in development, the creamsicle pie. Most popular, however, is the dense and creamy key lime pie, made with real key lime juice and other “secret ingredients.” This Southern favorite is sure to make a splash at any summer party.

What’s Tasty: Silly Citrus Jell-O Slices
Description of deliciousness: A fun twist on tasty fruits, these Jell O slices will be a hit during any summertime snack time. Kids will clamor at the sweet smelling snack and adults will “ahhh” at oh so pretty presentation.

Recipe

You’ll need: Orange, lemon and lime flavored Jell O (3 oz. boxes). Oranges, lemons and limes (as many as you’d like to make). Boiling water.

Instructions: Cut your fruit in half (through the axis).

Scoop out the insides, being careful to keep the rind intact. rinse and dry the inside and outside of the rinds. Place the rinds in a muffin tin and make them as level as possible. Combine 3/4 cup boiling water and 3 oz. Jell O mix together (no cold water needed) and mix for 3 minutes. (One 3 oz. box of Jell O will fill about 1 large orange, 3 whole lemons or 4 whole limes). Fill your rinds as full as possible with the Jell O mixture. Transfer to the refrigerator for about 3 hours. Once the Jell O has set, turn the fruit open side down and, using a sharp serrated knife, slice in half and then in half again to form quarters.

What’s tasty: Banana Boats

Description of deliciousness: No one believes I was ever a Girl Scout, but, alas, I have this recipe to prove my once sweet and well behaved childhood character. (No amount of evidence will ever persuade my high school teachers of this fact). Banana boats may have been created by the camping crowd, but these delectable desserts can also be used in a simple backyard setting to finish off any barbecue on a sweet note.

Recipe

You’ll need: Bananas, 1 per person. Chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, sweetened coconut, nuts, etc. Foil.

Instructions: Slit the bananas lengthwise.

Stuff them with any combination of toppings you desire. Line your grill with foil, and place the bananas on top. Grill with the cover on until toppings get melty and delicious. Eat with a spoon.

 

What’s tasty: Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Popsicles

Description of deliciousness: Who says popsicles are only for kids? Indulge your inner child with these scrumptious strawberry peach treats. Spiked with what we’ll call “a little summer fun,” these popsicles are kid-like in flavor but pack a punch that the adults will fall for. Literally.

Recipe Makes 12 2.5 oz. popsicles

You’ll need: 6 oz. pureed strawberry (about 10 strawberries). 2 oz. peach syrup (recipe follows). 12 oz. tonic water. 2 oz. plus 3 oz vodka (divided use)

Instructions: Stir strawberry puree with 2 oz. of vodka. Place three teaspoons of strawberry mixture in the bottom of popsicle form (or cordial glasses); set aside. Stir peach syrup with tonic water to combine. Add vodka and stir to combine. Pour peach and vodka mixture over strawberry mixture and stir to combine. Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

Peach Syrup (You will have more syrup than you need. Save for other cocktail uses.) You’ll need: 1/2 cup sliced peaches (about 4 medium size peaches). 1 cup water. 1 cup sugar. Instructions: Wash, peel and pit peaches. Place peaches in a blender or food processor and process until peaches are pureed. Place water, sugar and peach puree in a pot and bring to a boil; after boil continue to boil for 5 minutes.

 

What’s tasty: Frozen Coconut Limeade

Description of deliciousness: What’s so spectacular about this recipe is its simplicity. If you are anything like me, making Kool-Aid pushes my baking abilities to the brink. Especially during the laziest season of the year: summer. So thank goodness for this thirst-quenching drink that is refreshingly easy to make. Now sing with me: “Put the lime in the coconut and stir it all up…”

Recipe Makes 3 drinks

You’ll need:

51/2 cups ice 5/8 cup coconut rum (for non-alcoholic version, substitute cream of coconut, like Coco lopez) 4-5 tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate (substitute lemonade version if you’d like) 1/8 cup water Instructions: Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. That’s it. Yes, really.

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