‘It ain’t over until we say it’s over’ … remember that famous line from Animal House? That’s how I feel about Summer 2014. This summer has been perfect and I’ll give you two reasons why.
This was my 36th summer in the Washington DC Metro Area and I've never seen one more beautiful, thanks to El Nino. We had none of the heat and humidity of our usual summers. It was warm, comfortable, breezy with occasional showers which seemed to come only at night. Summer is a 7-month season here beginning in April and ending in late October. In mid-September the temps cool a bit, just for a few days and deceive us into thinking Autumn is here. Then Indian Summer arrives in late September/early October with 80 degree temps. The nights are cool, just right for the fall mums and pansies to burst with color, and our daytime temps are warm … really! The forecast all weekend is sunny in the 80s. The cool air finally returns for good after Halloween and then it’s officially Fall.
I said two reasons, right? The weather has been lovely but the best part of this summer has been our NATS. The Washington Nationals baseball team is comprised of a talented, tenacious and classy bunch of athletes who have played outstanding baseball, led their division most of the summer and clinched the pennant for the National League East. It has been very exciting watching them play and the camaraderie among the team. They finish up the regular season tomorrow having played 162 games. Next week begins the Championship Playoffs and if all goes our way, onto the World’s Series. For you baseball fans whose teams are not playing in post-season, come join the curly Ws and catch our NATS in action … and tell me if you don’t fall in love with these guys!
With warm temps and plenty to celebrate there is still time to enjoy a delicious summer cocktail. The turquoise screams Caribbean and conjures up images of white, sandy beaches as you sip this delightful concoction. The Blue Curacao lends the blue color and a slight hint of orange. Add pineapple juice and coconut mix to complete the deal and don’t forget the rum!
Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
2 oz Rum
2 oz Blue Curacao
2 oz Coconut Mix
4 oz Pineapple Juice
Fill a blender with crushed ice.
Add all ingredients. Blend a few seconds until mixed.
Pour into glasses. Makes 4-6 drinks.
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