It’s officially summer and time to quench your thirst and indulge yourself a little. Make some summer drinks for your family, guests or just enjoy a taste treat while sitting out back relaxing with a good book.
We’ve pulled a few recipes to help motivate you into your summer swing (figuratively and literally)!
Cold, Rich Coffee Brew
There’s been a lot of buzz on the news lately about the benefits of cool coffee. Prepared properly, you’ll enjoy a full, rich tasting brew.
454 grams (1 lb.) medium roast coffee
9 cups water
Milk for serving, if desired
- Combine ½ coffee grounds with 6 cups cold water and let sit 5 minutes
- Add remaining coffee and 3 cups cold water, cover and let sit in fridge for 24 hours
- Remove from fridge and pour through a fine sieve; pour coffee concentrate into an airtight container and store in fridge (good for two weeks)
- Dilute with equal parts milk and water when serving
Iced Tea with Lime
Summer screams for iced tea. Here’s an easy, delicious version with a twist.
16 cups boiling water
6 black tea bags
1 ½ cups sugar
4 limes, juiced
Basil leaves (optional)
- Pour water into a 4 liter jar. Let it steep 45 minutes.
- Remove tea bags.
- Stir in sugar and lime juice until sugar has dissolved.
- Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate.
This lemonade is the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Kids love it so keep a jar of this on the go in your fridge.
1 cup white sugar
6 cups cold water
- Juice lemons to make 1 cup of juice (tip: roll lemons between your hand and the counter before cutting and juicing lemons)
- Combine lemon juice, sugar and water; adjust water to taste
- Chill and serve over ice
- Garnish with lemon slices when serving
- Add basil leaves for extra zip
This non-alcoholic version of the famous Spanish drink is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Packed full of nutrients and so very tasty. A favourite with adults and kids alike.
4 cups white grape juice
1 cup blueberries
1 cup orange juice
- Blend white grape juice with ¼ cup blueberries
- Pour into large jar
- Add orange juice and juice from 1 lime; stir well
- Add ice to jar; add chopped fruits (2 limes, oranges, bananas, peaches); add remaining blueberries
- Refrigerate for two hours
Another non-alcoholic version of a perfect festive summer drink.
1 can frozen limeade concentrate
¾ cup orange juice
⅔ cup unsweetened grapefruit juice
4 cups ice cubes
- Rub edge of glasses with lime wedge
- Dip rims in coarse sugar
- Use a blender to combine limeade concentrate, orange juice, grapefruit juice and ice cubes until slushy
- Serve garnished with a lime wedge
We hope you try some of these drinks. Treat yourself and enjoy!