Marine News from the Great Lakes

RECIPE: Strawberry Shore-Cake Cooler

Published: Monday, August 5, 2019
By: Nicole Hartshorn

If you’re a habitual boater, you most likely have your go-to destinations, those your crew likes to call the “home away from home.” Broadly speaking, for us, it’s the 1000 Islands on the St. Lawrence River, but my Captain and crew have a few hotspots we especially love to frequent.

When we are up for some fun in the sun, we head to the southwest side of Grindstone Island. This spot catches the most pleasant breeze coming off of Lake Ontario. Nothing beats that warm wind on a scorching August afternoon! Over the years, this recurring breeze has created a hidden treasure called Potters Beach, which has become OUR home away from home, and we treat it as such.

Captain Tom has unofficially voted himself into office as the Mayor of the beach. Being the unofficial, voluntary Mayor comes with much responsibility. He has created a few rules that he hopes beach goers would adhere to:

Rule #1:
There is no crying at the beach unless they are tears from laughter.

Rule #2:
Please refrain from catching my anchor line with your prop.

Rule #3:
Respect the land and respect the sand!

And by ‘respect’ he means “Take care of it like you would your own home.” The Mayor feels that rule #3 is especially important for the future of the beach, and I believe we can all agree. The environmental impact of boating does NOT need to be a negative one. Next time you’re at YOUR “home away from home,” grab a rake or a shovel, take a few minutes to pick up debris, and remember to recycle those cans, since you know there’s always a couple of those.

Enjoy what Mother Nature has provided for us but respect it enough to clean up after yourselves and minimize your boater footprint. Our children’s children will want to enjoy these shorelines too!

Reducing your boater footprint can make a person thirsty, so this issue’s recipe is a drink I have named:

Strawberry Shore-Cake Cooler

Makes 1 Delicious Drink

Stock your galley with:
  • Your favorite Rum
  • Strawberry, Banana, Orange Juice
    (all-in-one flavored juice, found in the juice section)
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Fresh Strawberries

In a tall glass filled with ice, pour 1.5 oz rum, 6 oz strawberry, banana, orange juice together, and then add a splash of cranberry juice. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries!



About the Author

Nicole Hartshorn – The River Gal – has been featured in “Thousand Island Life Magazine” and “Sea Ray Living”. Nicole is also the author of “River Entertaining: Food and Drink Ideas for Boaters in the Thousand Islands”, published by Friesen Press.




This article first appeared in the Summer Issue (Jul/Aug) 2019 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.

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