Cool summer drinks for hot sunny days don’t need a lot of introduction. Whether it is for a quick nutritious breakfast, for a party, to accompany your dinner or a grab as you go on your kitchen sink, you don’t need a lot of time to make these great refreshing drinks. Browse our recipes and make yourself some nice refreshers to quench your thirst.
Mango Yogurt Smoothie
The nice thing about the smoothie is that it doubles as a breakfast. But smoothies, our preferred version of the summer milkshake but much more healthier, are good at any time of day and all you need is a blender.
Ingredients serves 2
1 large ripe mango, peeled and cut into a few chunks
1 ripe banana, peeled and cut in half
250 ml whole-milk yogurt
1 cup crushed ice
Pinch of cardamom (optional)
Mint, to garnish
Blend all ingredients except for the mint in a blender until very smooth and frothy. Taste and add sweetener like honey, if desired. Top with a leaf of mint and drink immediately while still cold.
H20 anywhere you go – infused water
The classic good old water combination jazzed up with fresh herbs or succulent fruits helps you get your daily intake of water in a much more pleasurable way. Add lemon to support detox, mint to energise, cucumbers to up your vitamine B , and fruits to increase intake of antioxidants and vitamine C. But why not go a little off the beaten path and throw in some lavender flowers, rosemary or a little honey?
Infused water is an excellent way to extract the nutrients from plant substances like fruits and herbs without adding extra sugar or calories. Plus, infusing is an easy and healthy way to add flavor to your plain water. All you need to do is cut up the fruits, slightly bruise the herbs and add some water in a water jug. Seal with cling foil and allow at least one hour to let the flavour catch on. And if you want to make lemonade from the following combinations follow the syrup recipe under homemade lemonades.
Cool combinations for infused water
-Redcurrent with lemon and mint
-Thyme, strawberry and cucumber
-Strawberry lemon basil sweet and sour with a spicy bite
-Blueberry, Pomegranate, Mint
-Blackberry and Sage when you need to be focused and productive
-Pear, Ginger, Cinnamon,Vanilla Bean
-Blueberry and Lavender
-Cantaloupe (puree it in the blender first) with mint and honey
And of course nothing beats the heat like a homemade lemonade. To create lemonade the best thing is to prepare a basic syrup first.
Blend 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar well in small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves completely. You could also experiment with herb flavours that you cook with the syrup. Let the syrup cool and refrigerate.
Mix the simple syrup well with the juice from 4-6 lemons. If you don’t like the fibers strain it first. Stir well and add 4 cups (approx 1 liter) of cold water and mix. Try using sparkling water for some fizz.
Watermelon Mint Cooler
Watermelon and summer are an obvious combination. In a drink it might be less obvious but it is delicious nonetheless! Throw in a splash of alcohol and you have a great dinner party starter. But it sounds pretty good to us too for an after work drink.
1,5 kg seedless watermelon cubes
125 ml fresh lime juice
10 grams fresh mint leaves
150-160 ml rum or vodka (optional)
In a blender, working in batches, puree the watermelon, lime juice and mint until smooth. Pour the mixture into 2 large pitchers. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Divide the liquor, if using, between the pitchers. Top with ice.
This recipe is really easy, but it does contain alcohol so don’t grab it for breakfast unless you want to start your day tipsy, beacuse you will definitely want second servings. Pimms is a typical English drink, often served at Wimbledon with strawberries and cream on the side. The original Pimms No.1 was made using gin, quinine and a secret mixture of herbs as an aid to digestion. It’s wonderfully refreshing so give it a try if you can get your hands on a bottle.
Cucumber slices or
7 up and if you don’t like it fizzy use our homemade lemonade recipe.
Take a jug (if you want to make several glasses) or a glass and add as much ice as you like.
Pour one part Pimm’s No. 1 with three parts 7-up (or lemonade) on the ice. Add mint leaves, thin cucumber slices, orange slices and strawberry and serve. Easy does it.