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Drink the Book: Honeydew Cucumber Shake with Cucumber Granita

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Before getting my hands on a copy of Adam Ried's Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes I'd never thought about milkshakes as an elegant way to end a meal. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of any sort of sippable ice cream in any form, but I generally reserve my shakes for burgers or enjoy them on their own.

But after checking out this recipe for Honeydew Cucumber Shake with Cucumber Granita I have a feeling that milkshakes are going to be my new go-to desserts for the spring and summer. This pale green shake blends chunks of sweet, mild honeydew with an icy cucumber-lime granita, sweet and milky on the bottom with flakes of refreshing citrusy ice on top.

Way more pastry chef than soda jerk, this is the kind of milkshake that would be a beautiful ending to an early spring meal, more at home with spring greens and lamb than a burger and fries.

As always with our Drink the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes to give away this week.

Adapted from Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Ried. Copyright © 2009. Published by W.W. Norton. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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