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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.

Kool-Aid Floats

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.

Orange Julius

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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