Shaken Nectarine Vodka Chillers


You know when it’s really hot out and you’re like “teeheehee, omg it’s soooo hot out! It must be like 100 degrees!” But it’s actually only 89 degrees, or something, which is still even considered a little fun hot?

Well today we reached “teeheeha-NOOOOOMG THE HEAT INDEX IS 117 FREAKING DEGREES. BRAAWWWrrrr…” hot.

The kind of hot where the instant you leave the relative comforts of an air conditioned building you squirm because you feel a trickle of sweat run down your spine. You trip because your feet stuck themselves to the bottom of your flats. You weep because your jeans are suctioned cupped around your thighs, choking them in a hot, humid death grip…

It’s even…too hot to eat.

I’m know, I’m scared too. But don’t worry, we’ll get through it.

HOW?!” you may ask! With an incredibly refreshing, COLD AS HADES, liquid dinner. Shaken Nectarine Vodka Chillers!




I was trying to think of the coldest, most refreshing non-meal I could make for “dinner” tonight (even a salad sounded repulsive to my heat-induced nauseated state.) Peach Banana “Ice Cream” came to mind, but I didn’t have any frozen peaches. Or bananas, for that matter…

Then I thought about blending the cold cantaloupe half sitting in my fridge, and freezing then scraping it into a refreshing granita. But that takes TIME. Time I didn’t have! I was melting, people! :cry:

Suddenly I looked left to the load of stuff I had carried in from the car when I got home from work today. Sitting atop the empty bowl of salad I took for lunch was this:


A mason jar. The mason jar I used to tote my Total Raisin Bran cereal breakfast in to work this morning, then had to use as my glass all day since I forgot a water bottle (which felt so deliciously 1900 farm girl.)

Next I looked right. My last juicy nectarine…


BINGO! Shaken Nectarine Vodka Chillers!!


Mason jar? Check. Nectarines? Check. Vodka? CHECK. Ice? By the skin of my teeth, check! (Ben was trying to hoard it all for the torso-sized water pitcher he was filling up to take to a pick-up soccer game tonight…I’m all for cold hydration, but not when there’s shaken vodka nectarine chillers at stake…)


I started by peeling a nectarine then blending it in my food processor until it was silky smooth.

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Then I added about 3/4 of the pulp into the mason jar.


I topped the pulp with one shot of vodka. Mine was just regular vodka, but a fruity, flavored one would be fantastic in here!


Next I added a few raspberries on top.


These are optional, but I had some in the fridge that I needed to use or lose, plus I thought they’d look pretty in there. :)

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Ice filled the jar about 3/4 of the way up,


and cold club soda topped ‘er off.


Pop the top on, and…


Shake, shake, shake…shake, shake, shake…shake your chill-er. Shake your chill-er!




Cold, sweet, refreshing, fruity and everything I needed! Plus, since its got nearly an entire nectarine in there and I topped the chiller with more raspberries and sliced strawberries, I’m pretty sure it’s considered health food.


How much fun would these be to set out as a drink bar at a party, btw? Seriously – mason jars, fruit, vodka, ice and club soda. Everyone can make their own delicious combos and have so much fun shaking the heck out of ’em!


Cheers to that! :D


Now if you’ll excuse me, I need a refill. (This picture is so ten minutes ago.)


Oh, and I’d still rather be hot than cold. Down with the season that shall not be named!

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  1. This drink sounds so delicious and refreshing! It’s also adorable because of the mason jar! :)

  2. Looks so refreshing! But I would still be starving! ;)

  3. Can’t beat a liquid dinner on a hot night! I like your choice of liquor/fruit, too. It just screams, “hello summer!”

  4. Cocktails for dinner? Yes please!

  5. Holy deliciousness! This looks refreshing – perfect for the heat. It only hit 80 today here in northern California, but it still feels hot. I can only imagine the heat Iowa is experiencing!

  6. Yummy! I heart nectarines! And vodka. hahahaha

  7. Amy 06.30.2011

    That looks awesome. And I respectfully disagree – I’d much rather be cold than hot. You can always put more clothes on. Unfortunately, I can’t strip my skin off today. . . . lol!!!

  8. Anna 06.30.2011

    Haha this post was hilarious! And that drink looks so delish. It’s 95 up here in Minneapolis. I wasn’t planning on venturing out into the heat again tonight but I may just have to make a quick run to the store for some nectarines and club soda!

  9. Lauren 06.30.2011

    Oh my my. These things could be dangerous on a hot summers night. :)

  10. Chaviva 06.30.2011

    Holy wow this looks amazing.

    PS: My friends just launched I think it’s right up your alley :) Let me know if you want to connect with them. They’re Omaha and Virginia-based!

  11. sara 06.30.2011

    looks DELICIOUS!! wow.

  12. Tiffany 06.30.2011

    What a perfect summer idea!!

  13. erica 06.30.2011

    omg. i want one of those right now!!!

  14. Yum! That looks amazing and would be great with other fruits as well. Also a great party drink :)

  15. jane 06.30.2011

    ha love it! ill have to try one of those! i made the steak salad you made a few nights ago for my parents and my boyfriend tonight-DELISH! thanks for a great recipe! and i cant even imagine 117-here in florida its in the high 90s and its HOT

  16. Linda 06.30.2011

    Nice dinner – sounds great to me!! Will we be reading about your jello shots you ended up making for dessert??? ;)

  17. dmcgirl (Dawn) 06.30.2011

    yummmm!!!! Looks refreshing, but I think a little diet cherry 7up and a vanilla vodka would be soooo much better.

    It doesn’t look that sweet!!!

  18. Alyssa 06.30.2011

    Ooh la la! Looks refreshing.

  19. That sounds absolutely refreshing! I braved the heat today and got in an 8 mile run. This would have been fantastic to come home to.

  20. Courtney 06.30.2011

    That looks so refreshing! I might have to take a page out of your book on the next screaming hot night here. =)

  21. That looks amazing…too bad my preggo refreshing drink didn’t turn out as well today!

  22. Sydney 06.30.2011

    Oh man these look so good!!

  23. Courtney 06.30.2011

    Yum! Looks beautiful! I had the same thought… too hot to eat when I got in from the heat so I had a mojito with raspberries :) So good!!

  24. sounds delicious and refreshing AND it’s gorgeous!

  25. That drink looks so incredibly refreshing!!! Beautiful pictures too! What a fun night!

  26. Those look great! I need to make those to cool down in this Houston heat! :)

  27. mollie 06.30.2011

    My drink for the weekend is gonna be some mango puree with peach schnapps. Yum!

  28. candi 06.30.2011

    “Oh, and I’d still rather be hot than cold. Down with the season that shall not be named!”


    i was born in northern MN, grew up in SD, and lived in IA for 4 years of school & i still do not like winter. i wish the season was as magical as they show in movies!!!!!

  29. Kelly 06.30.2011

    This just looks delightful!

  30. Charis 06.30.2011

    wow! All that’s missing is pretty straw!

  31. Meagan 06.30.2011

    That looks delicious! When I get married everyone’s glass will be a mason jar and we’ll have jargaritas! (that word is mentioned on this episode of my drink kitchen, which you may like :)

  32. Meagan 06.30.2011

    Bah! Wrong episode. It’s this one!

    • dmcgirl (Dawn) 07.01.2011

      OMG, I have never laughed so hard in my life. This girlz got skilz!!!!
      funny stuff, major talent, I hope she does SNL!!!! someday

  33. Anna 07.01.2011

    Love it! Mason jars are great! I saw this blog post a few months ago and was jealous I hadn’t thought of it myself! Mason jar meals!

  34. Hope 07.01.2011

    That drink looks fantastic! Such a refreshing and light summery drink! I love those mason jars! I need to get myself some of those :)

  35. oooh this looks fab! so refreshing :)

  36. Angie 07.01.2011

    OMG, that looks so amazingly delicious! I live in the Twin Cities, and it’s Hot-Hot-HOT here, too! I so need to make those! Thanks for posting, I drool pretty much every time I read your blog (it’s a little embarassing at work, haha).

  37. BeccaV 07.01.2011

    These look excellent! And your photography of the drink is awesome!
    Also, I would much rather be hot than cold too!

  38. Those drinks look awesome! I definitely need to make these soon! I just need to find mason jars! I’ve been looking for them for months and can’t find them anywhere!

  39. Iowa Girl Eats 07.01.2011

    I think you can get them at Lowe’s/Menards!

  40. That looks absolutely delicious!! I live in Texas, and I’m always craving smoothies and anything cold/icy after running outside! I’m the opposite, I’d rather be cold than hot. But that probably has something to do with the fact that I’ve lived in TX my whole life, and have never experienced snow for more than half a day at a time. (Except last year, we had five days in a row.. it was epic! haha)

  41. This looks amazing! So refreshing!

  42. Jordan 07.02.2011

    oh my goshhhh these look fantastic!!

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    Delicious and great! it’s healthy to drink too!

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