The days of summer are ticking by, soon to be replaced by the ticking of the alarm clock for back-to-work and back-to-school morning routines. I’m opting to make the feeling of summer last as long as possible, and I believe we can accomplish our goal by savoring the simple, special moments around us. Scroll for my top five tips for making this the best finale of the best summer yet.
1. Freeze some boozy paletas
The Negroni popsicle is a must-do before we say farewell to the poolside summer ambiance. If you’re feeling fancy, pop your mini popsicle in a wide-rimmed wine glass and pour prosecco on top. You’ll have a spritz in no time!
If you need someone to do the work for you—totally understandable—head over to Mempops, who celebrates their fourth anniversary this summer. I penned a profile on the all-natural pop shop in Edible Memphis, which you can read here.
2. Take advantage of the produce.
We’re a handful of blocks (if even that) from the Memphis Farmers Market and embark on Saturday shopping sprees throughout its April-December season — but let’s be real, the end of summer selection is hard to beat. A basket of peaches can make your next salad extra sweet, or you can make proudly the bourbon peach cobbler you’ve been eyeing for months.
3. Host a grill-out potluck
Gather your favorites around your grill and encourage them to BYOP (“bring your own protein”) and a side for sharing. Whether they’re in the mood for a burger, brat or steak, the beauty of a grill is that you can do it all at once while enjoying the sunset and snacking on a crudités board.
4. Take extra long walks
After-dinner neighborhood strolls are my favorite way to unwind and soak up the later sunsets. Get in your steps and the valuable dialogue with a friend or partner. Bring the pup along if he/she is up for it.
5. Find the water
We’re past the point of a beach trip, and that’s okay — discovering a local lake, neighbor’s pool, or nearby harbor creates a day-trip mentality that hits the mark. Pack a picnic basket or beach bag, shimmy on the swimsuit, lather up the sunscreen, and enjoy the rays while dipping your toes in the water.