Chill Out with Cool Summer Recipes
Nothing is better on a summer afternoon or evening than a refreshing cold beverage. Unwind and relax with a few of these amazing summer refreshments. Share a glass and share the love of summer with your friends or neighbors. Many of these recipes will be great for baby showers, bridal parties, outdoor summertime fun and a wealth of other occasions. So, come on and chill a little!
Melon Ball Punch
- 25.4 oz. sparkling white grape juice
- 2 c. clear lemon lime flavored soda
- 1 c. lemonade
- 1 small ripe watermelon
- 1 small ripe cantaloupe
- 1 small ripe honeydew melon
- Fresh mint leaves
- 2 limes, sliced, plus more for garnish if desired
In a pitcher, stir together the juice, soda and lemonade, then put in the refrigerator to chill and blend together. While the juices are in the fridge, use a melon baller to scoop out the flesh of the melons. Place the balls on a foil lined cookie sheet and place in the freezer. Let them stay in the freezer until frozen through. Once frozen, add melon balls to pitcher as well as mint leaves and sliced lime. Do not add all the melon balls at one time. Make sure you have room to stir in the pitcher. Refrigerate for 30 additional minutes to let all the flavors blend. Serve cold in a glass and add additional melon balls as ice cubes. Garnish with lime and mint and enjoy!
Blackberry Sage Cooler
- 15 medium size sage leaves
- 4 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 c. water
- 8 oz. blackberries
Bring water and sugar to boil over high heat and keep on heat until sugar is dissolved, then remove from the heat. Crush sage leaves with a mortar and pestle or with the back of a spoon. Add the sage leaves to the simple syrup and set aside for approximately 15 minutes for the sage to infuse the syrup. While it infuses, puree the blackberries in a blender. Once pureed, send through a fine strainer to remove all the seeds. To serve add one tablespoon of puree and one tablespoon of sage syrup to a glass and fill remaining with club soda. Add a fresh mint leaf or blackberry garnish to the glass and serve.
- ¾ c. water
- ½ c. sugar
- Frozen lemonade concentrate (or freshly made)
- 3-4 organic lavender buds
Heat water and sugar on stove until sugar is dissolved, then add lavender buds to infuse mixture. Remove from heat and let cool. Add prepared lemonade, minus one cup of water, to pitcher. Strain lavender from syrup. Add syrup mixture to lemonade and stir. Let refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. For coloring you can add one drop of red and one drop of blue food coloring to ¼ cup of water and add into mixture. Note: Instead of using lavender buds, you can use lavender essential oil. Please check to ensure essential oil is 100% therapeutic and safe for ingestion.
Quick, Healthy conversions
- 2 c. sugar = 1 c. honey
- 1 c. sugar = ½ c. agave nectar
- 1 c. sugar = 1 c. coconut sugar
Homemade Sports Quencher
- ½ liter ginger water (recipe below)
- 1 liter water
- Juice of 3 small lemons
- ½ tsp. sea salt (or omit or add to, if necessary)
- Honey to taste (can substitute Stevia or sweetener)
- 1 medium ginger root
- 1 liter water
- Honey or stevia to taste
Cut ginger root into large coin size pieces. In a medium size pot, bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool and then add desired sweetener. Store in fridge.
Mix all ingredients together and place in fridge for at least 30 mins. Drink and Enjoy!
Snazzy Up Your Glass: Freezing Ice Cubes for Flare
Add a little pizazz to your cup this summer with these frozen ice cube ideas. Take an ordinary drink and make it extraordinary with a few simple ideas. Color, ingredients and even flowers will add a beautiful punch to your summertime favorites with these iced up ideas.
Crushed Up Fruit Cubes
Take your favorite fruits like watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, or any fruit of your choice. Fill each ice cube mold with fruit and top with lemonade. Freeze and add to water or tea for a delicious treat full of antioxidants.
Many of us enjoy the taste of fresh coffee but a warm cup during the summer might not be what you enjoy. Instead, freeze left over coffee and add to your favorite cup of coffee for a cool summer treat that won’t dilute the taste of your next cup.
Lime & Mint for Mojitos
Instead of having to crush mojito ingredients, prepare them early in ice cube trays. Mince mint and lime and add to water in ice trays. Once firm, add to a glass and lightly mince. Add additional mojito ingredients and keep your glass fresh with flavor.
Leave the ice tray at home for this catchy idea. Simply place grapes of your choice (purple or green) in the freezer and add to your favorite wine to keep it good and cold. Use the green grapes for white wine and purple grapes for red.
Ice Koozie for Bottles
For your next party, make this neat ice koozie for liquor bottles. Cut off the top of a 2 liter bottle. Insert liquor bottle into plastic liter bottle. Add water to fill one third of the plastic bottle and add fruit, flowers or coloring of your choice. Place in freezer. Once frozen, remove and repeat the steps for the middle portion of the bottle and then finally the last third of the bottle. When it’s time for the party, remove the plastic bottle form and place on table for a pretty display of your favorites.
Don’t forget your little four-legged friends with this fun Pupsicle. Take any cake mold and fill with doggie toys and treats, then fill with water. Place in freezer until firm. Remove and place on a cake plate or doggie bowl to keep them cool, too!