Beat the Heat: Summer Drinks

The past few weeks have been a bit brutal temperature-wise with the highs soaring close to the hundreds. And even though it seems the worst is over, the warmer weather is here to stay, at least for a little while longer. It’s important to stay hydrated in heat this intense, so here are a few drink ideas that are a bit more fun that just water or Gatorade (courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens and Shaw’s – click links for full – and more –  recipes):

Strawberry Iced Tea: For a different twist on the traditional black iced tea, try this recipe that uses fresh strawberries, brown sugar, lemons, water, and carbonated soda.

Madelines lemonade via bhg.com

Madelines lemonade via bhg.com

Madelines Lemonade: I love lemonade, especially when it has fresh fruit in it and this recipe that uses lemons, limes, and fresh raspberries sounds really good.

Chai Punch: This is another iced tea recipe that chai tea lovers will like. It uses a few more ingredients including stick cinnamon, oranges, basil leaves, soda, and chai tea concentrate but it looks like it could be worth the effort.

Blueberry Fizz: This recipe involves soaking lemons, limes, crystallized ginger, and blueberries in ginger ale. The longer the fresh fruits soak, the richer the taste and color of the drink.

Electric Lemonade: For those looking for something with a little kick, this lemonade uses lemon juice, mint leaves, ginger ale, sugar, water, and about a quarter cup of vodka.

June bug via bhg.com

June bug via bhg.com

June Bug: This sounds all kinds of delicious. It combines ginger ale, grenadine, orange juice, and orange sherbet. The alcoholic version of the drink also includes white rum.

 

Italian Orange Dreamsicle: To create a drink version of the treat, use milk, sugar, orange sherbet, and lemon-lime carbonated soda.

Mango Limeade: This is also made with carbonated soda but calls for sugar, key-lime juice, and mango nectar.

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