Peach Cooler

August 18, 2010

Confession time: I had some weird-ass crushes growing up. If you haven’t read about my first crush, you can do so here. And yes, that oddity set a precedent for some doozers.

I had some normal ones: Donny Osmond (who my sour-puss Grandma claimed had head lice–WTF?), Andy Gibb, Han Solo…but a few of mine were strange.

Glenn Campbell? Now hey, Rhinestone Cowboy was the soundtrack to my early life, and to this day, that song makes me hap-tastic, but what was alluring about the Sideburns that Ate the Midwest?

The Fonz? While everyone was swooning over Chachi, I was trying to figure out what kind of goodness happened in Fonzie’s “office.”

Perhaps most disturbing (at least to my sister) was my devotion to a certain character from Grease. Danny Zuko is for pansies, boys and girls. The only one deserving of my mad-love was Rizzo, and I plastered my room with her satin-clad, crimson-lipped visage.

Luckily for me, Mama didn’t bat an eye. “Ah, Stockard Channing,” she said, scanning my walls. “She’s a smart one. She went to Radcliffe. Plus, you’re right–she did have all the good lines.”

My sister’s crushes were more plebian, but I must say, I couldn’t fault her for her devotion to David Cassidy. Whenever he crooned, with his shaggy hair and bell bottoms and pooka-bead necklace, I was riveted, too. We must have played The Partridge Family Album (with the maroon and yellow cover) until Mama’s ears bled. She didn’t complain, but I’m sure that after the fifth rendition of “C’mon get happ-eeeeee,” she was ready to hit the gin.

My girls aren’t yet in the serious crush-zone, and for that I am grateful. But I know I’m working on borrowed time; earlier this week, as Miss D. was watching Batman, she said, “Oh good! Robin’s in this one…he’s hot.”

Which sent me straight for one of these. It may not save me from the Jonas Brothers or that Beiber kid, but at least, sipping this little refresher, I’ll be happ-eeeeee.

Gingery Peach Cooler

serves 4

from Real Simple magazine

3 cups ginger ale

1/2 cup peach nectar, such as Kerns

2 peaches, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated

4 ounces gin

Mix ingredients together and serve over ice.

*PS: to my beautiful readers who don’t indulge in alcohol, this recipe is perfectly delicious without the gin.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Camilla August 20, 2010 at 1:45 am

Summer is getting closer this end of the world and I am adding this to my list of ‘must haves’ you have kept me boozed up for days- thanks friend x


Pam August 20, 2010 at 6:45 am

Great post and crushes!!! And that peach cooler looks pretty cool and delicious!


The Amber August 20, 2010 at 9:35 am

Thanks for the non-alcohol PS. : )

I had crushes on CARTOON characters. You can’t get any lamer than that.


Belinda Munoz + The Halfway Point August 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Oh, my, I just had flashbacks of Leif Garrett and Denny Terrio.

If I had one of those peach coolers, maybe I could convince myself the sun will come out in gloomtown…

Head lice? Eeew. Do kids still get ’em these days?


Paula August 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I had it bad for Robert Wagner in Hart to Hart. And thanks for the nonalcoholic version. Have some peaches right now that will work. Yum!


Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum August 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm

What a fun blog! I love your side bar with links to your other pages. And the peach cooler looks great!


Melissa August 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I so don’t want to remember what tween crushes I may have survived… but survive I did! Survived well enough to whip up a refreshing nonalcoholic beverage, perhaps.


girlichef August 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Ahhhh, childhood crushes. Who didn’t I have a crush on is a better question. I plastered my walls from corner to corner, top to bottom, edge to edge…no need for wallpaper in my room. Well, mom didn’t wallpaper, anyway, thank gawd, but. I loved Sean Astin, Johnny Depp, Ralph Macchio, Cory & Cory….um, pretty much any 80’s guy that crush-worthy, I crushed on. I’m totally crushing on this peach cooler right now, though. Gimme.


TKW August 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Okay, this is my favorite comment thread of all time, I think. And to the Leif Garrett lover, good LORD, did you see what he turned into? My sister loved him best of all…hmm, now that I think of it, they don’t look or seem too different later in life.

Anyone have a crush on Prince? (running in shame)


M @ Betty Crapper August 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Hilarious and scary reminder of what’s waiting for me in several years. Hopefully not anytime soon. The daughter is only one.

I think I’ll remember the booze tip when my daughter begins getting crushes.


Maria August 21, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I cannot believe I am going to admit to this on the Blogsphere, but here goes. I had the BIGGEST crush ever on David Hasselhoff whe he was on Knight Ridder. When he got married at some point to his first wife, I sulked for weeks.

Thank goodness, my husband looks nothing like him!


Ingrid August 21, 2010 at 11:37 pm

This looks really refreshing! Yummy!


Kelly August 23, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I had a shameless crush on Kip Winger. So embarrassing! I also have an entire year’s worth of notebooks with the name “Kelly Cougar Mellencamp” emblazoned on them. Sigh.

This cocktail made my mouth water!


Erin August 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Oh my, I’m having so much fun reading your blog! I had a crush on the Fonze, too. Along with Steve Martin and Mork from Ork. They all were kind of goofy characters, weren’t they?


Dug September 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Gin, peach and ginger? Those are three radically different tastes – I can’t even begin to imagine how it would taste. I guess there is only one way to find out, and that is to try it.


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