Dana Slatkin

Green Monster Pineapple Kiwi Punch

Pineapple-Kiwi PunchJust as I was about to post a recipe for a warm, comforting Fall soup, summer finally hit Los Angeles. It didn’t just creep up slowly. All of a sudden, the city turned into a sauna. Yesterday was so hot that it broke the all-time record (since 1877) — as well as the weatherman’s thermometer. And overnight, we Angelenos finally stopped complaining about the traffic.

So I’ll save the soup recipe for a cooler spell. Instead, I thought you might appreciate this refreshing punch, a variation on my Pineapple Lime Mint Agua Fresca that I developed for goodbite.com. I was chosen recently as a new contributor and, in a few weeks, you’ll be able to watch me demonstrate how to make it on my website and theirs.

But there really are no tricks to this fizzy, sugar-free concoction. With a couple optional drops of green food coloring, it is the perfect beverage to pour into a cauldron for a Halloween party. I’ll be floating glow-in-the-dark snakes in mine. And the best part is, there’s no heat involved.

Here’s what else I’ll be serving up for my pre-trick-or-treat feast: Mini-mugs of Spicy Sweet Potato Soup, Smoky Fish and Chips, and Radicchio Caesar Salad. Dessert is on our neighbors!

Only a few days left to enter my September cooking contest. Give it a shot!

Photo credit: tastespotting.com

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