Chill Out With A Dozen Cool Summer Drinks

3 smoothie drinksUp to 75% of the body’s weight is made up of water and we all have to drink a significant amount of water to replace routine water loss.  Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in.  And summer time is when the risk of dehydration soars along with the temperature.  One way to make sure we beat the heat, chill out and drink enough water is to make some cool summer beverages.

Every year we are part of a large group of friends from all over Canada and the States who meet to enjoy a long weekend of summer fun, frolic and feasting.

cool summer drinksWe assign ourselves to food categories like appetizers, salads, soups, side dishes, main courses, breads, desserts and beverages a year in advance. Then, when the time comes, we come together, man our stations and feed the masses.

This year I’m assigned to the beverages group and below are recipes for a dozen of the cool summer drinks we will be providing to rehydrate and chill out.

  1. 3 Skinny Summer Blender Drinks to Try – Watermelon Breeze, Melon Mojito and Vanilla Peach Treat recipes.
  2. Blackberry Iced Tea with Cinnamon & Ginger Recipe
  3. Cranberry Raspberry Iced Tea
  4. DIY: Iced Coffee Concentrate  – The beauty of pre-mixing the concentrate is that it is ready to go for iced coffee, and iced latte or mochaccino, or any other fancy mixed drinks.
  5. Earl Grey & Hibiscus Lemonade – Adding lemon to water adds vitamin C and citric enzymes. Try other combinations of teas and herbs to steep in your lemonade.
  6. Homemade: Thai Bubble Tea – A fun take on traditional iced tea is bubble tea.
  7. Home-made refreshing ginger ale: version 1! – This home-made ginger ale is a tasty drinkable food gift and a great appetizer drink too!
  8. Lavender-Lemonade Honeydew Frosty  – Two relaxing citrus summer beverage recipes. Lavender Lime-Lemonade and Lavender-Lemonade Honeydew Frosty.
  9. Summer Fruit Infused Iced Tea – Calm your mind, soothe your soul, and create your very own recipe with fruit infused iced teas.
  10. Thandai – A refreshing Milk Drink for Summer – It’s usually made in summer and is THE drink for the festival of Maha Shivratri and Holi where it is spiked with Bhaang.

Decaffeinating Green Tea

The only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee and you can decaffeinate it very easily.

All you have to do is steep the tea for 45 seconds in hot water and then pour off the liquid. Next, add more hot water and steep as you normally would to brew a cup of that tea. Up to 80 percent of the caffeine is released in the first infusion of water, so only minimal amounts will remain when you add water the second time. This method eliminates very little of the tea’s flavor and aroma.

Sugar syrup for iced tea

Mix 1 cup (250 mL) each granulated sugar and boiling water until clear and the sugar is dissolved for 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) of sugar syrup.

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Peaches: The Most Erotic Fruit
Best Berry Recipes: Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries
Best Berry Recipes: Strawberries
Vegetarian Experiences: A Scrumptious Lunch Menu

Discussion

Do you have a favorite recipe for a non-alcoholic summer beverage that you would like to share?

24 thoughts on “Chill Out With A Dozen Cool Summer Drinks

  1. Hello!

    Happy to have found your blog through this post yesterday–it came up as a related article when I was writing my own post about my favorite summertime things. I linked to your post in my “Related Articles” section here (at bottom): http://www.joyfullygreen.com/2013/07/making-the-best-of-a-beastly-hot-summer.html. Can’t wait to try some of the summertime drinks you found for this post–it’s quite a good round-up!

    Looking forward to reading more from you!

    Best,
    Joy

    1. Hi Joy,
      It’s good to meet you and thanks for linking to this article. I’m sure you will like all of the cool drink recipes I linked to above. My friends and I are still reviewing different cool drink recipes for our gathering so I may be publishing another post on non-alcoholic summer beverages.
      Happy summer!

  2. Thanks for linking to my Earl Grey & Hibiscus Lemonade recipe! I love this summertime drink post.

    1. Hi there,
      I love tea big time. I particularly love Earl Grey and Hibiscus Lemonade blend as they are perfect partners. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  3. At the moment I am using my slightly murky elderflower cordial (forgot to strain through filter paper) mixed in with home made kombucha, which is green tea based if I want a fancy cold drink, other than that I am a bit of a water person, not so good at drinking sugar in vast quantities, but they all sound gorgeous, just the names of some of them are enough to make me want to come to your party :)

    1. Hi Joanna,
      Oh my! I can tell you and I would get along great if we were working the beverage section together. :)

      Our primary role is to make sure that everyone is hydrated. We older ladies will do the batch making and prepare pitchers. Some will be serving up individual glasses and cups from our station. A crew of younger folks will be circulating through the crowd with drink trays.

      I didn’t include Kombucha above but one of my other friends included it in her selections list. See here http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-kombucha-tea-at-home-173858

    1. I guarantee that every one of these cool summer drinks is delicious. I’m currently drinking a tall glass of iced tea with crushed pineapple and fresh mint.

  4. I’m going to try the Watermelon Breeze and the Lavender-Lime Lemonade. This time of year, my blender gets more use than anything else in the kitchen–smoothies, drinks, and salad dressings. :)

    1. Yes, it’s blender season for sure. When my old one broke down I found another at the recycle depot but it’s on it’s last legs so a new one is on the “want” list.

      I hope you will love both drinks.

      1. My son made an oat based drink that was delicious and refreshing, no blender required. I think South American, I’ll have to get the recipe from him and share it :)

    1. Thandai is among my all time favorites and drinking it brings back floods of good memories. I do hope you try the other recipes because they are refreshing and flavorful too.

  5. I make fruit smoothies adding walnuts and greens from the garden every single day for lunch, these drinks look great, you are going to have a delicious time at your gathering, what an excellent idea.. c

    1. Hi Cecilia,
      It sounds like you are enjoying a nutritious and delicious lunches. Thanks for the well wishes. We are bound to have a great time at our gathering, for sure.

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