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.

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