Refreshing Summer Drinks
Beat the heat with these cool summer drink recipes. With creative twists on classic lemonade and blended margaritas, we've chosen a collection of refreshing drink recipes such as Lemonade,Minted Iced tea,Strawberry coconut cream soda and Pina Colada Smoothie and many more.. for you to try this season.
3 cups cold water
1 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
In a 1-1/2-quart pitcher stir together the water, lemon juice, and sugar until sugar is dissolved. If desired, chill in the refrigerator. Serve over ice. Garnish with lemon slices.
Makes 4 servings.
Strawberry Coconut Cream Soda
3 cups fresh strawberries, halved
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup refrigerated coconut milk
3 cups club soda or carbonated water, chilled
Fresh strawberries, whole or halved
In a medium bowl combine strawberries and sugar; stir well to combine. Use a pastry blender to coarsely mash the strawberries.
Place 1/3 cup of the mashed berries in each of six glasses. To each glass add ice, 2 Tbsp. coconut milk, and 1/2 to 2/3 cup club soda. Stir drinks just before serving.
Minted Iced Tea
7 cups water
2 cups sugar
8 tea bags orange pekoe tea
8 sprigs fresh mint
8 cups cold water
2 cups orange juice
3/4 cup lemon juice
Fresh mint sprigs (optional)
In a large saucepan combine the 7 cups water and 2 cups sugar. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags and 8 mint sprigs; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove tea bags and mint sprigs; discard.
Transfer tea to a heatproof 1-1 /2- to 2-gallon bowl or container. Add the 8 cups cold water, orange juice, and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to 2 days. Serve tea over ice and garnish with additional mint sprigs. Makes 16 to 18 8-ounce servings.
Pina Colada Smoothie
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
In a blender combine yogurt, coconut milk, pineapple, banana, honey and vanilla. Cover and blend until nearly smooth.