The heat is on! Summer has rolled in and it feels like an oven outside in certain parts of the country.
You will want to stay cool and hydrated while outside playing with the kids, when hosting barbecue cookouts, or when simply relaxing by the pool. Worried about the hassle of stocking up on bags of ice for your summer party, why not get one of these portable ice makers.
Here are 5 tasty drinks to try out as we are featuring nonalcoholic drinks for the kids and alcoholic drinks for the adults. Also, keep in mind that you can always swap in or out the alcohol depending on your particular preferences.
Blueberry Basil Lemonade
The blueberry bushes are full and hopefully the prices will be going done in the stores. Here is a unique beverage to whet the appetite.
Found via Noshing With The Nolands
This Blueberry Basil Lemonade is perfect when you want to jazz up your ordinary lemonade drink. It will also give you the opportunity to use up the fresh basil you have if you get a bumper crop in the backyard garden and need more recipes so you can use the herb up.
Yuzu in Your Cocktails
Yuzu is an East Asian citrus fruit that looks like a grapefruit but is believed to be a hybrid between a Ichang papeda and a sour mandarin.
It was originally grown in China and has a tart taste, while in Japan there is a sweeter version grown that is called “yuku.” If you ever eaten Doritos chips, you have probably tasted yuzu and never even realized it.
I found a nice yuzu recipe online and its called Sparkling Yuzu Gimlet drink. It features yuzu fruit juice with mint, basil, English cucumber and vodka to create a refreshing summer drink.
Blackberry Jalapeno Margaritas
Blackberries are often that summer fruit that isn’t taken advantage of throughout the year. Yet it is delicious whether it is eaten right off the bush or mixed into drinks.
This Blackberry Jalapeno Margarita puts a new spin on a tropical drink as it teases all the taste buds by combining sweet blackberries with sour lime juice and spicy jalapeno peppers. The drink features both triple sec and tequila, so you will want to make it after the kids are in bed.
Watermelon Pineapple Lemonade
Looking for a family friendly drink that everyone, even the kids, will love? Watermelon Pineapple Lemonade will hit the sweet spot as this drink takes absolutely little time to prepare.
All you basically need is watermelon juice, pineapple juice, sugar, lemon juice and mint leaves.
You can make this on the spot when the kids come inside looking for something special to drink as this lemonade will keep them hydrated all day when they are playing out in the sun,
Frozen Peach Bellini Mocktail
If you are someone trying to limit their sugar intake, here is a tasty summer beverage that uses Splenda. The Frozen Peach Bellini Mocktail is simple and fast to make as you only need four ingredients: peaches, lime juice, sparkling apple juice and Splenda sugar blend.
Found via Spicy Southern Kitchen
It’s the perfect summer drink for the entire family, or you can jazz it up and make adult beverages by adding your favorite alcohol to make it into a cocktail.
Summer is the time to get outside and have some fun. Make sure to fix up some tasty summer drinks. Try these 5 summer quenchers as you may find yourself drinking them throughout the year.
P.s. If you have a sweet tooth, you may also try making ice cream at home. Believe me it’s yummy, quick and very cheap! 😉