Homemade Summer Drinks
Ahhh summer! It’s time for delicious homemade summer drinks that quench your thirst, taste great and are healthy. These recipes are child friendly. They can be turned into an adult beverage with the addition of your choice of alcohol. We know a lot of fruit and sweetener can be out of the question for many diabetics so we have a smoothie recipe that’s suitable for most everyone.
Garnishes are easy ways to make homemade summer drinks prettier and might add some flavor. Edible flowers such as chive blossoms, violets and rose petals are perfect. Be sure they haven’t been sprayed with pesticide. Sprigs of mint are great, and an established plant will continue to grow and provide more sprigs.
It’s easy to substitute fresh fruit in your summer beverages as they come into season. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, plums, watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, grapes, apricots…the list is long.
Freezing fruit to use in place of ice cubes will keep your beverage from being watered down as the fruit thaws. Pureeing fruit before freezing is a nice treat. As it melts you’ll be able to drink the fruit through a straw so you don’t lose it beneath the ice.
Coconut Peach Lemonade
- 1 tablespoon honey or agave
- 2 cups of coconut water
- 2 peaches, peeled and pit removed
- Juice from five lemons
- garnish – peach slice, spring of mint or a slice of lemon is nice
Put everything but the garnish in the blender. Blend on high until you reach the consistency of a Smoothie. Pour into a tall glass. Garnish and serve with a tall straw.
Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade
It’s hard to beat sweet, juicy watermelon and strawberries on a hot summer day.
- 3 cups of watermelon, seeds removed
- 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries. Slice one cup, leave 1/2 cup whole.
- 1/4 cup agave or honey
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 4 cups sparkling water
Combine watermelon, 1 cup strawberries, agave or honey, and lemon juice in the blender. Blend until smooth, approximately 30 seconds. Stir in sparkling water and pour into glasses. Garnish with a strawberry.
- 1/2 cup sugar free yogurt, peach or vanilla flavor
- 1 peach, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup ice
Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.