It’s mid-July and a lot of us are just plain sick of summer. Just one step into the scorching humidity and we instantly melt into gross puddles of sweat. Give us air conditioning or give us death! Or better yet, give us Christmas! If you’re clamoring to skip a few months ahead to the holidays, let us help. The farmers markets may not be boasting a bounty of cranberries or chestnuts just yet, but trust us, there are still plenty of ways to incorporate winter flavors into your summer kitchen. So get ready to deck the palm trees with tinsel and blast some Mariah as you cook up a storm and beat the heat with these oh-so-cool holiday treats.
Frozen Hot Chocolate
You don’t have to go to New York’s Serendipity to get your hand on this famous drink. Plus, it’s way more affordable to make it yourself. The bev is rich, creamy, and evocative of cozy December nights, yet it’s still chill enough to chase away the summertime sweats. Check out this Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe.
Peppermint and Eggnog Ice Cream
Since everyone’s pigging out on ice cream to cool down, why not take it a step further by making a flavor even more reminiscent of the cold weather months. In other words, break out the leftover candy canes! Trust us, they can still be of use once July rolls around. We’re partial to this Peppermint Ice Cream recipe, but you could also try making eggnog ice cream or even gingerbread ice cream if you’re craving something with a little more spice.
Grilled Turkey and Ham
Sure, turkey is the holiday entree of choice, but you can give it a summer-y twist by throwing it on the grill. We swear this a real thing you can do and not a made-up concept we invented to excuse us from ever-eating hot dogs again. In fact, the fine folks at Butterball have an entire guide for how to cook a turkey using this outdoor method. They break down the basics for using both gas and charcoal grills, so you can gobble down on this Thanksgiving bird all throughout the year.
No-Bake Coconut Snowmen
Coconut shavings are a multi-faceted ingredient. It has a tropical taste that will transport you to the beach, but in an ironic twist, it also looks like snow! These no-bake coconut treats utilize these seemingly incongruous properties to delightful effect, especially if made in the summer. Learn how to make them with this White Chocolate Coconut Snowman recipe.
Hula Gingerbread Men
If you are brave enough to turn on the oven in 90-degree weather, you might as well make some classic gingerbread men. But when it comes time to decorate, give them a summery edge. Add a hula skirt or bikini top with the power of sprinkles and frosting! If you’re looking for inspiration, this Hawaiian Style Gingerbread Men cookie recipe will have you saying “Mele Kalikimaka” all year long. Or you can put Santa in some swim trunks with this sugar cookie and royal icing recipe.
Header image courtesy of The Barefoot Baker.