Monday, May 30, 2011

June Bug

It all started with a Junebug drink recipe I have been wanting to make which then led me to think about a book I had used in the classroom with the same title and then the discovery of a new book title with the same name and lastly, the ultimate find, another Junebug drink recipe.
We have had copious amounts of rainfall this past month which has hatched a huge influx of mosquitoes, ticks and other pesky bugs including Junebugs (a large brown beetle) who make their appearance in late spring to early summer. In the south "cute as a Junebug is considered a term of endearment. It is considered a compliment like calling someone very sweet.
I have been waiting for just the right occasion to serve Junebug. Memorial Day seems like the unofficial start of summer and a good time to share with company this refreshing summer drink. I am just hoping warm weather is not too far behind.
Junebug is also the title of a small chapter book for third and fourth graders. It is about a nine year old boy named Junebug who has a dream one day of escaping the housing project he lives in. He then launches a plan to help make his dream come true.
I did find a new title June Bug which is an adult novel by Chris Fabry. Follow this link to learn more about the book which got very good reviews.
Who would have thought Junebugs could be so versatile!
recipe from Southern Living June 2010
  • 3 cups of ginger ale
  • 4 TB grenadine
  • 4 TB. orange juice
  • 3 scoops orange sherbet
  • Blend all ingredients in a blender
  • Pour into ice-filled cocktail glasses
  • To make alcohol add 1/2 cup rum
Ultimate Junebug
Makes 1
  • 1 oz. melon liqueur (Midori)
  • 3/4 oz. Malibu coconut rum
  • 3/4 oz banana liqueur
  • 1 oz. sweet and sour mix
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and mix

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