As temperatures rise, our bodies crave light and healthy drinks. Here are some delicious options to serve at your next brunch, lunch or dinner party or just when you need a cool treat.
- 100ml water
- 70ml pomegranate molasses (or syrup)
- 4 star anise
- 800ml tonic water
- Handful fresh basil leaves
Bring the water, pomegranate molasses and star anise to a boil in a small saucepan and turn off the heat. Let the ingredients infuse for 10 minutes. Divide the pomegranate mixture among 4 glasses, add a few basil leaves and fill the glasses with ice. Top each glass with 200ml tonic. Stir well before serving.
MANGO COOLER WITH ROSEWATER AND LIME
- 250g mango flesh, fresh or frozen
- 21⁄2 tbsp sugar
- 50ml water
- 11⁄2 tsp rosewater
- 2 limes
- 4 mint sprigs, leaves picked
- 600ml sparkling water
- Crushed ice
Place the mango, sugar and water in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes. Using a hand blender, puree until smooth. Stir in the rosewater and allow to cool. Divide the mango mixture among 4 glasses. Add the juice of half a lime to each glass and add some mint leaves and crushed ice. Top each glass with 150 ml of sparkling water. Stir gently before serving.
- 250ml blueberry juice
- 3 tsp peeled and grated fresh ginger
- 250ml tonic water
- 400ml sparkling water
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Handful of blueberries
Mix the blueberry juice and ginger in a measuring cup and infuse for 5 minutes. Strain the blueberry mixture into a large jug. Add the lemon peel, crushed ice, tonic, sparkling water and a few blueberries. Stir well before pouring into glasses.
GINGER ALE SOUR WITH CUCUMBER AND LIME LEAVES
- 1 lime
- 4 lime leaves, frozen
- 4 slices cucumber
- 300ml quality ginger ale
- Ice cubes
Take 2 glasses and squeeze half a lime into each glass. Add the squeezed lime, lime leaves and cucumber to each glass, pressing firmly with a spoon to release the flavours. Fill the glasses with ice cubes and add the ginger ale. Stir well before serving.
LEMONADE WITH PASSION FRUIT AND ORANGE BLOSSOM
- 4 passion fruits
- Juice and grated zest of 2 lemons
- 4 mint sprigs
- 800ml sparkling lemon soda
- 1 tsp orange blossom water
- Ice cubes
Scoop the flesh from the passionfruit into a large jug. Add the lemon zest, juice, mint, lemon soda and orange blossom water and fill the jug with ice cubes. Stir well and pour into glasses to serve.
Tip: Want to make beautiful floral ice cubes? Just add some edible flowers to ice cube molds. Gently fill with water and place them in the freezer until ready to use.