We’re getting into the last days of summer heat; how about some cooling summer drinks that will cool you all off? Everyone likes a cold drink in the summer heat.
Pineapple Iced Tea
1 quart water
7 individual tea bags
1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar
In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add tea bags, cover and steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Stir in the pineapple juice, lemon juice and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate overnight for the flavors to blend. Serve over ice. Serves 5.
3 envelopes unsweetened strawberry Kool-Aid
3 cups sugar
6 quarts cold water
1 12-ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 liter ginger ale, chilled
1 quart raspberry or orange sherbet
In large pitchers, prepare Kool-Aid with sugar and water according to package directions. Stir in the orange juice concentrate. Just before serving add the ginger ale. Serve in chilled tall glasses. Add a scoop of sherbet to each glass. Makes 2 gallons.
Old Fashioned Chocolate Soda
6 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons whipped cream in a can
2 1/2 cups cold carbonated water
4 scoops ice cream of your choice
Additional whipped cream
For each of two chocolate sodas place 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup in a 16 ounce glass. Stir in 1 tablespoon of whipped cream and 1 ¼ cups water until foamy. Add two scoops of ice cream. Top with additional whipped cream. Makes 3 servings.
Creamy Orange Drink
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon instant vanilla pudding mix
1 tablespoon whipped topping mix
1 tablespoon non-dairy creamer
6 to 8 ice cubes
In a blender, combine all ingredients. Cover and process until slushy. Pour into chilled glasses. Serve immediately. Serves 5.
Tropical Fruit Drink
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1 cup halved strawberries
1 medium mango, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
2 medium kiwifruit, peeled and quartered
1 tablespoon honey
14 ice cubes
1/2 cup chilled club soda
Place the first five ingredients in a blender, cover and process until smooth. Add ice cubes, cover and process until smooth. Stir in soda. Serve immediately in chilled tall glasses. Serves 4.
1 6-ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
10 to 12 ice cubes
In a blender, combine orange juice, milk, water, sugar and vanilla. Cover and blend until smooth. With blender running, add ice cubes, one at a time, through the opening in lid. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Serves 4 to 5.
Springtime Lime Slushy
2 3-ounce packages lime gelatin
2 cups boiling water
2 cups cold water
2 quarts lime sherbet
3 cups ginger ale, chilled
In a freezer container, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in the cold water and sherbet until combined. Freeze for 4 hours or until set. Remove from the freezer 45 minutes before serving. For each serving place 1 cup of slush mixture in a glass, add about 1/3 cup ginger ale. Serves 8.
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