Now that my absolute favorite season has officially arrived I am all excited about making my favorite summer drinks throughout this festive time.
Nothing beats homemade lemonade and thick fruit smoothies. These drinks are so refreshing during summer’s hot days and nights. I like to make the drinks myself because I know exactly what is in them. My recipes are simple. When I make lemonade all of my ingredients are measured. With the fruit smoothie, I wing it until I like the taste. Check out what I do below.
- 1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
- 1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 4 cups cold water (to dilute)
1 Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.
2 While the sugar is dissolving, extract the juice from 6 medium size lemons, enough for one cup of juice.
3 Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 4 cups of cold water (filtered or bottled), more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate until cold. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it. Serve cold.
Thick Fruit Smoothies:
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 cups frozen mixed berries (or any kind of frozen fruit)
- 1 cup rice milk
- 1 cup orange juice
- maple syrup
1 Cut the peel of off the frozen banana. Chop the banana in chunks.
2 Chop the frozen fruit once or twice so it will blend easier.
3 Place all of the fruit in a blender.
4 Pour in the rice milk and orange juice. Mix until the blender is able to move the frozen fruit freely. You may have to add more milk and juice. If so, eye ball it.
5 Add desired amount of maple syrup and continue to mix. Don’t mix the ingredients too much or your smoothie will be watery. Once everything is blended nicely your done. Enjoy!