As spring gives way to warmer weather, a cold, homemade drink can be a refreshing, easy way to find relief from the heat. So when thirst comes calling, don’t hit up the juice aisle in the grocery store just yet — you can likely craft your own delicious drink to cool you down and please your palate.
Take sparkling strawberry lemonade, for example. This recipe yields lemonade that’s not too sweet and not too tart, and that’s perfect for warm spring and summer months. If strawberries aren’t in season, try using a pint of fresh raspberries instead. This recipe also makes a nice base for a rum punch.
3 cups quartered strawberries (about a quart of berries*)
1 cup cold water
1 can (6 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate
2 cups chilled sparkling water (divided)
Whole strawberries for garnish
Ice cubes (optional)
Process strawberries and water in the blender until smooth. Add the concentrate and 1 cup of the sparkling water. Blend until smooth and pour into a pitcher with the rest of the sparkling water. Serve in tall glasses over ice and garnish with a strawberry on the rim of the glass.
*Lemonade concentrates and berries will vary in sweetness, so you may want to add a little sugar to taste.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with your refreshments — sometimes, ingredients you’d never imagine make for the healthiest, tastiest drinks. These instructions for a pineapple zucchini tropical drink will have you feeling refreshed in no time.
And if you’re in the mood for something a little more fizzy, try these DIY soda recipes for root beer, ginger ale and grape soda, free of artificial flavorings and harmful chemicals.
For even more DIY drink resources, check out this list of articles on making your own beer, cider, wine, cordial, soft drinks and other beverages. Your tastebuds will thank you, and you’ll feel more refreshed than ever knowing that your beverages were home-brewed with care. Drink up, and keep cool!
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