Non-Alcoholic Summer Drinks

       It is the peak of the summer and for many of us this means heat and humidity. There are only so many things we can do to cool down; a refreshing drink is a great way to start! Hydration is key, and during a busy day we often forget to drink enough water. We suggest making a pitcher of something fun and delicious so that when you are rushing out the door, you can easily refill a water bottle for the days to come.  Summer drinks are also perfect for socializing and sharing. Here are a few simple and tasty drink recipes to make the heat more bearable and your body happy.

 

NON ALCOHOLIC SANGRIA

Sangria is a typical Spanish drink made with wine, fruits and some sweetener. This version is made with grape juice and fruits, it’s alcohol-free.

            Author: Minimal Eats Prep Time: 20 mins Total Time: 20 mins Yield: 10 Category: Drink Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-free, Spanish

Ingredients

  • 4 cups white grape juice (1 l)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (40 g) + 3/4 cup blueberries (120 g)
  • 1 cup orange juice (250 ml)
  • Juice of 1 lime + 2 limes
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 peaches

Directions:

1   Blend the white grape juice with 1/4 cup blueberries (40 g). Pour this liquid mixture in a jar or bowl.

2   Add the orange and the lime juice. Stir until is well mixed.

3   Place ice in a jar, add the liquid mixture, the chopped fruits (2 oranges, 2 bananas, 2 limes and 2 peaches) and 3/4 cup of blueberries. Let stand the sangria in the fridge for about 2 hours.

 http://simpleveganblog.com/non-alcoholic-sangria/

 

PINEAPPLE AND THYME ICED TEA

With a beautiful golden color, flecked with bits of fresh green thyme, this cooling summer drink is as pretty as it is tasty.

TOTAL TIME: 1:00 PREP: 0:05 LEVEL: EASY YIELD: 8 SERVINGS (COST PER SERVING OF $0.27) SERVES: 8

Ingredients: 

    •             8 bag green tea
    •             2 sprig fresh thyme
    •             ½ fresh pineapple

    Directions:

    •    Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add the tea bags and thyme. Let steep, stirring twice, for 4 minutes. Discard the tea bags and let the tea cool.

    Discard the thyme from the iced tea concentrate and stir in the pineapple and 4 cups cold water. Serve over ice with additional thyme, if desired.

    http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/recipes/a12110/pineapple-thyme-iced-tea-recipe-wdy0613/

     

    COCONUT LAVENDER LEMONADE

    Ingredients: 

    • 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice, from about 9 lemons
    • 1 3/4 cups sugar
    • 8 cups coconut water
    • 4 cups water
    • 1/2 recipe Lavender Simple Syrup (recipe follows)

    Directions:

    •    Place lemon juice, sugar, coconut water, and water into a pitcher and shake or stir vigorously until all the sugar is dissolved. I prefer to shake because it aerates the lemonade and makes a nice head on top.

    •    Pour 1/2 of the lavender syrup into the pitcher and stir. You can add more or less lavender syrup to your personal taste. I personally find that 1/2 of the lavender syrup recipe is a good balance.

    http://www.confectionalism.com/home/coconut-lavender-lemonade-recipe/

     

    GINGER BASIL GRAPEFRUIT MIMOSAS

    Ingredients: 

    • 1 grapefruit; plus additional grapefruit for garnish
    • 2 cups of ice 
    • 3 x 12oz cans of ginger soda
    • handful of fresh basil
    • 1/4 cup basil simple syrup

    Juice one large grapefruit and segment additional grapefruit ofr garnish if preferred. Fill a pitcher half way with ice. Pour soda, fresh grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Mix well. Garnish with grapefruit slices and fresh basil. 

    BASIL SIMPLE SYRUP

    • 1  cup sugar
    •  1  cup water
    •  1 cup loosely packed fresh basil

    Place sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add the basil. Allow to steep for 15-20 minutes and strain and discard basil. Place syrup in a glass tupperware container or squeeze bottle if you have it.

    Cover and chill for a couple hours. 

    Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.  

    You can also make simple syrup in the microwave by placing the mixture in a glass tupperware container and heating it at 30 second intervals until sugar is fully dissolved.

    http://onetwosimplecooking.com/blog/2012/8/31/grapefruit-basil-mimosas

     

     ICED SPARKLING HONEY-LIME RED TEA

    This bubbly iced tea is just the drink for porch sipping.

    TOTAL TIME: 0:10 LEVEL: EASY

    Ingredients: 

      •            red tea bags (such as Red Zinger)
      •             honey
      •             fresh lime juice
      •             Club Soda
      •             Lime slices, for garnish

      Directions:

      •    Brew red tea according to package instructions, stir in honey and let cool. In a large pitcher, stir together the tea and lime juice, then top with club soda.

      Serve over ice with limes slices, if desired.

      http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/recipes/a55345/iced-sparkling-honey-lime-red-tea-recipe/

       

      DOUBLE APPLE ICED TEA

      Fresh apples and apple juice give this refreshing drink a double whammy of fruit flavor.

      TOTAL TIME: 1:00 PREP: 0:05 LEVEL: EASY YIELD: 8 SERVINGS (COST PER SERVING OF $0.25) SERVES: 8

      Ingredients: 

        •             8 bag black, green, or hibiscus tea (such as Red Zinger)
        •             4 c. Apple Juice
        •             2 crisp apples (such as Granny Smith and Braeburn)

        DIRECTIONS

        •    Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Let steep, stirring twice, for 4 minutes. Discard the tea bags and let the tea cool.

        •    Once the iced tea concentrate is cool, core and thinly slice the apples. Stir the apples and apple juice into the iced tea concentrate. Serve over ice.

        http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/recipes/a12168/double-apple-iced-tea-recipe-wdy0613/

        Thank you so much for joining us today! 

        Stop by Tuesday for our next blog post

        Quote to take with you for the week:

         

         

         

         

        CONTENT CREDIT: http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/g828/summer-drink-recipes/

         

        Gail KhanComment