It’s countdown to summer grilling and refreshing summer drinks. The sound of sizzling shrimp on the grill combined with ice tinkling in glasses of lemonade, sweet tea, fruity drinks, and more is what makes summer so welcoming. It’s worth a few scorching days to experience the body-cooling sensation of a frosty and refreshing summer drink.
Dress up Your Refreshing Summer Drinks
If you admire those dressed-up drinks but assume that they’re too time consuming, think again. There are berries, fruit slices, and edible flowers that will color coordinate with any theme for your hangout or party. Blueberries and borage flowers look great together–and you don’t have to be a Food Network Star to pull it off. I happened to have borage flowers growing in my garden to add to my Blueberry Mint Lemonade recipe. If you don’t have borage flowers, decorative and refreshing summer drinks are easy to make. Just add berries, lemon slices, and edible flowers to a basic lemonade to make stunning drinks.
Another tasty and creative way to jazz up your refreshing summer drinks is to infuse them with herbs. In a recent post of mine for Litehouse Foods’ Living Litehouse Blog, I use a variety of Litehouse Foods’ Instantly Fresh Herbs. The recipe for these herb lemonades is easy and, with the Instantly Fresh Herbs on hand, convenient. Pop in umbrella straws in each glass or mug of lemonade, and you’re ready for summer entertaining.
Everyone loves smoothies. As far as I’m concerned, they can replace a meal–and even desserts. Count them in as refreshing summer drinks as well. This “Brain-Booster” smoothie recipe is one of the recipes that I reviewed for the book 365 Days of Green Smoothies for Every Season by Kristine Miles. The book is chock full of gorgeous, delicious, and frosty smoothies–perfect for a hot summer and throughout the year.
Summer Drink Ideas from My Friends
I invited a few of my smart and creative friends to share links for this roundup of refreshing summer drinks. Meet them and check out their recipes for more ideas to help cool down this summer.
Heather’s approach to refreshing summer drinks is healthy with a kick. She has two amazing looking beverage recipes that include chia seeds! According to WebMD, “chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.” I’ve tried chia seeds a couple of times when they were offered in food preparations, but now I have more of a reason to add them to my diet. Heather’s Blackberry Chia Agua Fresca looks so inviting. Then there’s Heather’s Fresh Limeade with Chia Seeds. She has convinced me that chia seeds are the way to go for healthy summer refreshment. Heather’s Coconut Horchata (Horchata de Coco) is a tropical rice-coconut drink that can put the capital “R” in refreshing. It’s on my recipe list.
Dorothy features refreshing summer drinks that are icy, slushy, and creamy. Her Strawberry-Citrus Frappe for a 98-Degree Afternoon could be an official summer beverage. Her equally awesome looking Orange Things Fruit & Vegetable Smoothie is a smart and delicious way of getting a dose of veggies in every sip. Dorothy has discovered the power of chia seeds as well with a Chia Meyer-Lemonade. It’s so smart to get nutrition and refreshment at the same time.
Cherries make summer drinks festive and a bit sexy too. Mimi’s Cherry Lemonade looks like summer fun in a glass. It has four simple ingredients, including maraschino cherries. A tall glass of Mimi’s Cherry Lemonade would be a welcome sight at any cookout or summer party.
Cindy and I became fast friends at last year’s Food and Wine Conference in Orlando. Cindy’s Mint Tea Slush is guaranteed to erase a sweltering afternoon in one sip. Typical iced tea is refreshing summer drink, of course, but make it a slush and it can help your body stand up the hottest day. I know this is one recipe that I’ll be trying for sure.
Your Refreshing Summer Drink Ideas
There are so many ways to cool off in the days ahead. What refreshing summer drinks have you invented or tried? Share!