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The Coney Island Cooler: Refreshment to Sip on the Beach and Boardwalk

The Coney Island Cooler: Refreshment to Sip on the Beach and Boardwalk

What’s the deal with charging for beach access on the east coast? This is a concept that, as a midwestern foreigner, seems strange to me.

Granted, it does cost something to comb the glass out of the sand and hire the lifeguards. Call me a socialist, but shouldn’t beach care fall under the umbrella of some form of government, like for instance, libraries? Like schools? Like health care… oh, not that… I mean… like road maintenance?

Give the people free access to sand and sky and sea! It’s the primary reason I love Coney Island.

Several cloth murals, including Biggie and 50 Cent

What are the other reasons? The junkfood. The freakshow. The murals. The mermaids. The burlesque dancers. The wooden roller coaster. The weak beer. The people fishing for crabs off the dock with chunks of raw chicken. The pileup of sand in my belly button. The craziest, scariest carousel I’ve ever been on.

Maybe best of all is the people watching. Sitting on the boardwalk/beach at Coney is like watching a parade.

You’ll see the beautiful, the homely, the freaky, the funky. They’re all there, walking that boardwalk where the fabulous and frightening have been strolling for hundreds of years.

The iconic red tower at Coney Island

I could go on. I won’t. It’s trashy. It’s edgy. It’s wacky. And for the cost of a subway ride, it’s yours!

The Coney neighborhood has more than enough examples of alcohol and junkfood. I recommend you skip Nathan’s hot dogs and head slightly off the beach for the lightly charred, thin-crust pizza at Totonno’s. It’s worth the search.

The thin-crust pizza at Totonno's

That’s why I strongly encourage you to pack your beach bag with something refreshing, hydrating and somewhat healthy, like this Coney Cooler, which is full of sesonal fruit. It’s rather like an agua fresca, and it’s a funky green color to go with your day at New York’s freakiest beach.

Straining the puree helps you get a nice, clear result, but you can go thicker and cloudier if you’re feeling lazy.

The pinch of salt I recommend here isn’t essential, but I think it brings out the flavor of the fruit, and you probably need a bit of salt if you’re sweating on the beach all day.

The Coney Cooler (Makes about 1 liter)

5 cups honeydew melon (about 1 melon), peeled and cut into chunks 2 kiwi fruits, peeled and quartered 1.5 cups water 2 Tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice 1/8 to 1/4 tsp salt 3 Tbsp sugar (use more or less, according to your taste)

  1. Puree the melon and kiwi in a blender (or in a deep bowl with an immersion blender) until smooth.
  2. Pour the puree through a fine strainer (or cheesecloth) to clear out the pulp. You should end up with a little more than 2 cups of strained juice.
  3. Pour the liquid into a large bottle or thermos.
  4. Add the water and citrus juice. Stir to combine.
  5. Adjust the flavor with sugar and salt, according to your taste.
  6. Keep the finished product chilled in the fridge you’re ready for the beach.
  7. Just before you leave, add ice, tighten the lid and add the container to your beach bag.

Happy Exploring!

Miss Ginsu

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