Posted: Friday, August 1, 2008
As the temperature warms, we are always looking for simple recipes for cool summer drinks. Here are some quick ideas that offer refreshing alternatives to that bottle of water or can of soda.
- Add strips of cool cucumber to a pitcher of water, or use a cucumber spear as a stir stick for your favorite summer cocktail.
- Add one cup of fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about 4 lemons) to 3 cups water, and sweeten to taste with fine-grained Baker's Sugar for classic lemonade.
- To add a fruity flavor to your lemonade, puree 1 lb. strawberries or raspberries, 1/2 cup water, 1/3 cup Baker's Sugar and 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice in a blender; strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Freeze in ice cube trays until solid, and add cubes to lemonade or a glass of sparkling wine.
- Make a sparkling raspberry-flavored iced tea by combining 2 cups cold brewed tea, 2 cups raspberry juice and 2 cups sparkling water in a pitcher. Serve garnished with fresh raspberries and mint leaves.
- A colorful sangria is easy to make by combining 2/3 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 1/3 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice, 1/4 cup Baker's Sugar and 1 (750 ml) bottle dry red wine in a tall pitcher or punch bowl. Add slices of lemon and orange for added color, along with ice cubes.
- A summer brunch drink can be made by topping glasses of fresh-squeezed lemonade with chilled Asti Spumante.
- White Wine Spritzers combine 2 cups chilled dry white wine, 1 cup chilled fruit juice of your choice and 1 cup chilled sparkling water.
- A refreshing citrus punch for summer weddings or bridal showers consists of 1 (12 oz.) can frozen orange juice concentrate, 1 (12 oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate and 1 (12 oz.) can frozen pineapple juice concentrate, all prepared according to package directions. Just before serving, add 1 (2 liter) bottle of Sprite or 7up. To keep the punch from becoming watery, freeze some of the juice in ice cube trays or a ring mold, and add fresh strawberries, lemon slices, orange slices and mint leaves for color.