Chill Out

Watermelon Cooler, as served at Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria, $15

Great balls of fire, it’s gonna get hot this summer! But you can easily combat the blazing inferno with a soothing salve, a light and slightly effervescent cooler that puts to use that icon of summer, the watermelon. Those looking for something fun to drink in the sun should look no further than the cocktail menu at Liquid, where bartenders use fresh, frozen fruit to give the Watermelon Cooler the chills. “It’s a great refreshing cocktail that also complements the lighter fare of our food menu at Liquid,” Light Group mixologist Pauly Scaringe says. “This cocktail has no prejudice. Anybody looking for a good time on a sunny day will enjoy it!” Oh, and about that garnish, he says: “You’d be surprised how creative some of our guests can be with two frozen watermelon balls.” Oh, really? We’re listening.

In a 12-ounce Collins glass add 1 ounce Grey Goose vodka, ¾ ounce Marie Brizard watermelon liqueur, ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, ½ ounce rock candy syrup and 7UP. Add ice, cover with a mixing tin and shake lightly, just once, to combine the ingredients. Garnish with two frozen watermelon balls.

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“Save room for dessert” is all too often wasted on dry cheesecake and reheated molten lava cakes. This departure is a healthy scoop of creamy, sweet, imported Italian buffalo milk ricotta cheese. It’s whipped, chilled and served drizzled with locally sourced organic honey and sprinkled with toasted pistachio nuts. The final effect is both smooth and crunchy, sweet and savory and just a little sour, not unlike Greek yogurt. And just 300 calories! Enjoyed with an espresso, a partner in crime and two spoons, this is a dessert to share and discuss as you finish up a great Italian meal.