Sparkling Melon Coolers w/ Muddled Raspberries + Mint

August 19, 2015

Sparkling Melon Coolers w/ Muddled Raspberries + Mint | Faring Well #drinkthesummer

Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better; To paint a picture, or write a letter; Bake a cake, or plant a seed; Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there’s not much time, With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb; Music to hear, and books to read; Friends to cherish, and life to lead.   

Dust if you must, but the world’s out there; With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair; A flutter of snow, a shower of rain, This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind, Old age will come and it’s not kind. And when you go (and go you must); You, yourself, will make more dust.

by Rose Milligan

My grandma sent me this poem over the weekend. It eased the slight bit of guilt I had been feeling over my inability to wash our towels as often as I should, brush my hair, and get to cleaning those dirty corners of our home. I have been trading these tasks more often for things I really wish to do. (Such as this Sunday morning donut run + drive to the lake.) It’s not that I don’t desire to take care of things. I really do. I use to obsess over a list of tasks each week to keep everything in tip top shape. However, since moving to Colorado last fall I began to let things slip through the cracks. I eased up a bit on my list and began to really enjoy each day for what it was. I learned to just “take a beat”. Enjoy what is here today, because tomorrow is tomorrow, and is no longer this moment. It doesn’t mean I don’t strive to steward well what I have been given. Just the contrary. As great of a gift the things in our life are (camera, computer, dishes, home, car, clothing, etc), there are other gifts we have been given as well – time, opportunity, nature, people, etc. To obsess over the first list and miss out on the second would not be stewarding what I have been given well one bit. It’s a balance, and as this poem reminded me this past weekend, it’s a balance that requires a great deal of intentionality and the occasional pause.

One of the most frivolous treats to me would be to make myself a fancy drink, in the middle of the afternoon, for no reason. Or better yet, for me and a friend. There is always water, or coffee, or a juice bar down the street. But how much more wonderful would it be to go to the market and pick up a bunch of fresh produce that you really don’t need, and take more time than you really should, in order to prepare a fancy summer drink to gaze at and happily sip on during a warm summer afternoon. Take a beat. Make this deliciously sweet and tart sparkling melon cooler with muddled raspberries, and garnish it with mint – because this moment is a treat. And if this isn’t your kind of sip, take a look below for links to all of the other wonderful drink recipes being posted around the blogosphere today to celebrate #drinkthesummer.

Sparkling Melon Coolers w/ Muddled Raspberries + Mint | Faring Well #drinkthesummerSparkling Melon Coolers w/ Muddled Raspberries + Mint | Faring Well #drinkthesummer

Thank you to Sherrie and Renee for putting together this summer drink mixer! Be sure to check out all of the clever and delicious summer goodness by these stellar bloggers listed below. And don’t forget to take a beat in this last month of summer and enjoy a fancy sip.

Will Frolic for Food | The Sugar Hollow: Watermelon Gin Cocktail w/ Cardamom + Lime
With Food + Love | Fresh Heirloom Bloody Marys with Old Bay + Spicy Pickles
Kale & Caramel | Sweet Coconut, Hibiscus & Lime Slushie
Hummingbird High | Thyme Lemonade
Brooklyn Supper | Bloody Maria Cocktails
Cake Over Steak | Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail
Loves Food, Loves to Eat | Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers
Dunk & Crumble | Ginger Peach Whiskey Smash
Tasty Yummies | When Figs Fly: Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail
Feed Me Phoebe | Pimm’s Cup Cocktail with Fresh Ginger, Lime and Tarragon
Earthy Feast | Strawberry, Basil + Pink Peppercorn Negroni
Ginger & Toasted Sesame | Blackberry Peach Margarita with Spicy Salt
O&O Eats | The Long Hope: a Honeydew Cucumber Gin Cocktail
my name is yeh | nutella egg cream
Beard and Bonnet | Pineapple and Cilantro Moscow Mule
The Pancake Princess | Strawberry Balsamic Shrubs
Edible Perspective | Rosé Slushies
Vegetarian ‘Ventures | Peppered Peach & Pineapple Blush
The Broken Bread | Blackberry, Cucumber & Mint Gin Coolers
Tending the Table | Plum Spritzer with Ginger and Kafir Lime
Appeasing a Food Geek | Sugar Plum Margarita
She Eats | Fizzy Lime & Blackberry Shrub
holly & flora | Pimm’s Cup with Blackberry and Lemon Zest Shrub
Vigor and Sage | Peachy Tomato Basil Gin + Tonic
The Pig & Quill | Rasberry Basil Gingerade Fizz
Hungry Girl por Vida | Peanut Butter & Berry Smoothie
A Brown Table | Fig and Bourbon Summer Smash
The Clever Carrot | 5 Minute White Peach Margaritas
Cookie and Kate | Watermelon Sangria
le jus d’orange | Peach Yogurt Soju + Ginger Plum Kombucha Cocktail
Chocolate + Marrow | Raspberry Thyme Smash
The Bojon Gourmet | Basil Pluot Pimm’s Cup
Snixy Kitchen | Sparkling Asian Pear and Mint Iced Tea

what’s cooking good looking | Watermelon Basil Colada 
i am a food blog | Thyme Gin and Tonics
Fix Feast Flair | Berry Peachy Kentucky Mules
Salt & Wind | Watermelon Aperol Spritzes

Sparkling Melon Coolers w/ Muddled Raspberries + Mint | Faring Well #drinkthesummerSparkling Melon Coolers w/ Muddled Raspberries + Mint | Faring Well #drinkthesummerSparkling Melon Coolers w/ Muddled Raspberries + Mint | Faring Well #drinkthesummerSparkling Melon Coolers w/ Muddled Raspberries + Mint | Faring Well #drinkthesummer

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Serves 1, multiply measurements for however many drinks needed.

a handful of fresh raspberries
1/2 cup fresh cantaloupe
a few ice cubes
drizzle of maple syrup
club soda
fresh mint

Mash the raspberries at the bottom of your glass. Blend the cantaloupe, ice cubes, and maple syrup together in a blender. Taste and add more maple or ice if needed (you’re going for the consistency of a smoothie). Pour cantaloupe mixture on top of the muddled raspberries. Add about 1/4 cup of club soda (or whatever amount you’d like). Stir the layers in the glass together, garnish with fresh mint, and sip away!


Sparkling Melon Coolers w/ Muddled Raspberries + Mint | Faring Well #drinkthesummer


  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full August 19, 2015 at 6:32 am

    I love that poem, Jessie. I definitely get caught up sometimes in the minute details that never seem to go away no matter how much planning ahead I do. So this is a nice reminder to take things as they come and stress less :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 20, 2015 at 7:25 am

      I’m so glad, it was such a nice reminder for me too <3 thank you Sarah. Hope you stress less today and truly enjoy every little bit of it!

  • Reply Sara @ Cake Over Steak August 19, 2015 at 6:44 am

    This is so pretty! I fully agree with your sentiment about taking a beat to chill and enjoy a summer beverage, JUST BECAUSE. Happy #drinkthesummer party!

    • Reply Faring Well August 20, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Thanks so much Sara! Happy #drinkthesummer right back at you! So fun. Hope you’re enjoying your sips this week :)

  • Reply Cady | Wild Heart of Life August 19, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Dang girl, you weren’t kidding when you said today’s post was extra beautiful! I love the raspberry and cantaloupe combo, and when you add mint it’s a dream! I just wrote about slowing down, too. It’s so hard, but what I’ve learned is that there’s never going to be a time with all signs pointing to slow down; a perfect opportunity will not arise on it’s own. We have to remember to seize these moments for ourselves. :) And I’m gonna seize one of these dranks real quick!

    • Reply Faring Well August 20, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Oh you are too sweet! I was totally referring to next week’s post on Insta but I’m super flattered you love this one too :). Big hugs to you Cady. And its so true, you have to seize the moment and be intentional about it – wait and you could be waiting for a long time ;)

  • Reply Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist August 19, 2015 at 7:14 am

    What a lovely poem. Thanks for sharing it. I can definitely get too caught up in my to dos. And it is oh so helpful to read poems like the above to remind me to stop doing and start being. My father has always told me, “you’re not a human doing you are a human being.” Your words today were just what I needed to hear. Thank you.

    • Reply Faring Well August 20, 2015 at 7:28 am

      Thank you Kathryn, I’m so glad you enjoyed it too. I love love love what your dad said – going to jot that one down <3.

  • Reply lynsey | lynseylovesfood August 19, 2015 at 7:21 am

    that poem! these drinks! I need to take a moment. So much beauty. This might be my favourite post Jessie (and i have a lot of favourites on this site!) xo

    • Reply Faring Well August 20, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Oh my goodness Lynsey you just made my morning. Taking a moment to just appreciate you and your comments in this space! Hope you have THE most wonderful day friend <3

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life August 19, 2015 at 7:54 am

    What a lovely poem! Thank you for sharing Jessie. This is such a nice reminder to get out there and savour life. There’s so much beauty around us and we most often don’t even take the time to slow down and truly appreciate it.
    I LOVE this #drinkthesummer idea! Sooo many delicious drink options to try!

    • Reply Faring Well August 20, 2015 at 7:30 am

      Aw you are so welcome Sophie! Thank you for reading and I super appreciate all of your kind words about this drink – isn’t this party so fun?! So much tasty gorgeousness flooding the web from yesterday <3

  • Reply The Clever Carrot August 19, 2015 at 8:27 am

    This looks great Jessie! It was a pleasure mixing it up with you guys! XO

    • Reply Faring Well August 20, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Thank you Emilie! This really was SO fun <3

  • Reply Shira August 19, 2015 at 8:31 am

    These are absolutely beautiful! Just opened my email and now am craving these in a big way – YUM! Pinned! :)

  • Reply betty August 19, 2015 at 8:36 am

    oh my gosh look at that FROTH. This looks so good!! And the poem <3. This post is really special – thank you for sharing Jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well August 20, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Thank you so so much Betty <3 that means a ton! Absolutely swooning over your two magical concoctions today. This was so much fun. Hope you're having the best week! :)

  • Reply renee (will frolic for food) August 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

    these photos! they’re just SO beautiful. i love this.

    • Reply Faring Well August 20, 2015 at 7:39 am

      You are too sweet! Thank you Renee! And thank you again for organizing this awesome mixer <3

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High August 19, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Your grandma is so cute! That’s incredibly sweet and thoughtful of her to send that poem! Too adorable (just like these drinks — YUM).

    • Reply Faring Well August 20, 2015 at 7:40 am

      Right?! She is the cutest/sweetest/best. I learn so much from her. And thank you about my lil drinks! <3

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow August 19, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I just love that poem, Jessie! Please tell your g-ma, I said thanks :) :) In all honesty, I’ve been journaling about this exact thing lately. Sometimes giving yourself the freedom to settle into the day, without the “shoulds” of work and housework (and personal hygiene LOL) is necessary. Not even necessary, just more fun!

    Love your fizzy coolers too. Photos are gorg, as always. xx

    • Reply Faring Well August 20, 2015 at 7:41 am

      I so will! Thanks Brooke :). Thats neat you’ve been thinking/journaling about this too! Its so true and so powerful. And thank you about my coolers! You are too sweet, as always too <3

  • Reply Food Blogger Club August 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    This is so gorgeous! Both the photos and the drink!

  • Reply Amanda | Pickles & Honey August 19, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    What a great poem, and how sweet of your grandma to share it with you. <3 I'm so digging the colors (and flavors!) in your melon cooler. Really really pretty, Jessie.

    • Reply Faring Well August 20, 2015 at 7:42 am

      Thank you so much Amanda, that is so sweet of you to say. I’m really glad you enjoyed the poem too :)

  • Reply aida mollenkamp August 19, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    How adorable is your grandmother to send you poems!?! I love that!

  • Reply Lily | Kale & Caramel August 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    That poem. Everything. What treasures our grandparents are, and how sweet yours is to help you stay sane (and real with that mortality moment!) amidst the clamor of life. And also these coolers. These coolers will help us to stay sane. YUM. Cheers, Jessie! (Ps hi! Feel like we haven’t properly acquainted ourselves yet :).)

    • Reply Faring Well August 21, 2015 at 8:28 am

      I know, she is the sweetest I’m so grateful for her! And haha YES thank you about the coolers – definitely sanity drinks. HI BACK – you are the sweetest. So glad to have connected with you! xo

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens August 19, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I really needed to read that poem today, thank you Jessie! I think sometimes I get too easily stressed out by silly tasks like laundry and dishes and need to step back to take deep breaths and tell myself it’s not the end of the world if that dish sits in the sink for 30 more minutes. These melon coolers are beautiful and I love that they aren’t alcoholic! My body doesn’t deal with alcohol well and these would be so fun to make, not to mention delicious!

    • Reply Faring Well August 21, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Aw I’m so glad I was able to share it with you when you needed it , Genevieve! And I hear you on not dealing well with alcohol, hope you get to make yourself a fun, virgin drink soon to sip on and relax this summer! <3

  • Reply Lindsey August 19, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    grandma’s are quite simply the best, and yours sounds like an absolute gem. my grandmother would always send me recipe clippings, or random newspaper articles in the mail and it is one of my favorite memories of her. love the combination of raspberries/melon/and fizzy water! this muddled beverage sounds like a dream! hope you’re having a lovely august, lady! xo

    • Reply Faring Well August 23, 2015 at 7:00 am

      Aw thanks Lindsey! They are the best, aren’t they?! Yours sounds so sweet too. Thanks for the love for my fizzy recipe here <3 I hope you are having a great August too!!

  • Reply Linn August 19, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I love the fact that your grandmother sends you poems. And the drink looks delicious. What a great way to relax a bit. Everyone should do that a bit more often!

    • Reply Faring Well August 23, 2015 at 7:00 am

      Thanks Linn, I love it too! And I agree, most of us could use a little more relaxation time :) it is summer, after all!

  • Reply Jessie @ Chasing Belle August 19, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Saw your comment on Cookie + Kate and thought I would check out you blog. I’m so glad I did! Fruity summer drinks like this one are zeee best!

    • Reply Faring Well August 23, 2015 at 7:01 am

      That is so neat! Thanks for popping over and for leaving me a sweet comment, you rule :)

  • Reply Em August 19, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Love the contemplative portion of the first half of this post, Jessie! It makes me feel heaps better about the thick-and-getting-thicker layer of dust accumulating on my side tables an behind the TV. And I’m not gonna lie — I’m a sucker for some froth, so this drink has me all sortsa happy. Glad to be virtually partying with you today!

    • Reply Faring Well August 23, 2015 at 7:03 am

      You are the sweetest for writing me, Em! I’m so glad you liked reading this post and am all stoked my drink made you happy. Hope your weekend has been filled with good, rejuvenating times so far <3

  • Reply Kristy @ She Eats August 19, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Dude. The poem. The thoughts. All of it. Brilliant. Truthfully, I’m speechless. And that doesn’t happen often ;)

    Happy #DrinkTheSummer day. Newest fan. Going to make this drink tomorrow. On it. Because YES – a beautiful cocktail in the middle of the afternoon is luxurious and hell, we deserve it.

    • Reply Faring Well August 23, 2015 at 7:04 am

      Aw thanks Kristy! I’m so flattered you like my drink and got something from the bit I wrote. Big time hugs to you and cheers on a relaxing weekend! :)

  • Reply Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek August 19, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    So yummy! Love the combo of these ingredients as a drink! Happy #drinkthesummer :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 23, 2015 at 7:04 am

      Thanks Kelsey! Happy #drinkthesummer right back at you! :)

  • Reply Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation August 19, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I love this blog post and what a cool idea to get all these bloggers ‘together’. Awesome.

    • Reply Faring Well August 23, 2015 at 7:05 am

      I know right, so neat of Sherrie and Renee to coordinate this! Super fun. Glad you enjoyed it too! <3

  • Reply Cindy August 19, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    I love a fizzy-topped drink and these are so pretty!

    • Reply Faring Well August 23, 2015 at 7:05 am

      Thank you Cindy! YAY for fizzzzz ;)

  • Reply Bindia @ Indian Restaurant August 20, 2015 at 6:15 am

    I love it when people gathered and share ideas. Nice found your blog refreshing source like your post. Thanks :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 23, 2015 at 7:06 am

      Thanks so much! Super stoked you enjoyed it :)

  • Reply Grace August 20, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Love that poem Jessie! And these gorgeous drinks! I swear your pics keep getting prettier and prettier!

    • Reply Faring Well August 23, 2015 at 7:06 am

      Grace – your comments always make me smile :) thank you!

  • Reply Emily August 20, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I too am working so hard to enjoy the little moments of the day, but it is so hard not to feel burdened by the tasks of life. Such a beautiful poem and wonderful reminder to not take our days for granted. I hardly ever take the time to make drinks, but I think they are so fun and yours are so summery! And on another note- I cannot believe you learned CSS code and were able to redesign your own site. I am simply in AWE!

    • Reply Faring Well August 23, 2015 at 7:09 am

      It so is. I feel like I’m constantly trying to balance it all. But I guess there is reward in the struggle too! Glad you like my little drinks :) I hardly ever get time too – which is probably why they feel so special! <3 And as for the CSS - bah thank you. It was one of the more time consuming endeavors I've pursued for sure ;) haha.

  • Reply Sherrie August 20, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I’m super into cantaloupe this summer, and it’ll surely be missed as we head into fall. I’m loving the color palette here! Thanks for hanging with us, #DRINKTHESUMMER! xx

    • Reply Faring Well August 23, 2015 at 7:09 am

      Thanks Sherrie! This was so fun. What a great way to celebrate all of summer’s goodness. We should do this every season! Hugs! xo

  • Reply Phoebe @ Feed Me Phoebe August 21, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Jessie!! These are SO gorgeous. I’m loving the muddled raspberries and mint. I agree that a mid-day cocktail is very frivolous…but so fun!

    • Reply Faring Well August 23, 2015 at 7:10 am

      So fun – right?! Thanks Phoebe! Hope you are having a great summer :).

  • Reply Sasha Swerdloff || TENDING the TABLE August 21, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Yes to less dusting and more gratitude and yes to this cocktail! If we lived near each other I’d insist on a standing date for afternoon mocktails to appreciate life. Can’t wait to try these when I get home…for now…tropical fruit!

    • Reply Faring Well August 23, 2015 at 7:11 am

      Ah that would be the best! I’d so insist on that too. Enjoy all your tropical fruit on your gorgeous vacay friend <3

  • Reply KJ August 21, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I need to remember things like that more often. I get so wrapped up in busy work and tasks to do at home that I forget to just take a breather and head out! Thanks for passing on that reminder :)
    Btw the drink looks good! Headed to the market this weekend – I’ll have to look for some raspberries!

    • Reply Faring Well August 23, 2015 at 7:12 am

      Oh my goodness don’t we all need that reminder. Just wanted to give my grandma a big hug for sending this to me. Glad you enjoyed it and got something from it too! Hope you found some yummy raspberries this weekend :)

  • Reply Ingrid September 2, 2015 at 3:54 am

    Gorgeous: the photos, the morale, the recipe, the collaboration. You just know how to combine all of these things perfectly in one blog post. That’s why I love your blog so much!

    • Reply Faring Well September 4, 2015 at 8:24 am

      No way – you are too kind girl! THANK YOU <3

  • Reply madeline September 8, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    you have such a beautiful site! I love your photography + the minimalistic feel behind it. I’m so happy I stumbled on your blog! : D

    • Reply Faring Well September 15, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      That is just the best – thank you for making me smile Madeline! I’m so glad you did too! <3

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