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How to Make Refreshing Summer Drinks

Updated on September 21, 2010
summer beverages
summer beverages

With summer almost here, I thought I'd share some of my family's drink recipes to keep you cool this season.

When making cold drinks, it's preferable to make a sugary syrup, as it dissolves better than granulated sugar. I will include the instructions in the recipes that call for the sugar syrup.

A GINGER ALE WITH FRUIT JUICES

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups grapefruit juice

1 cup orange juice

1 quart ginger ale

1 cup sugar syrup (cool)

How to make sugar syrup: Combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Let it boil for about 7 minutes and do not stir. This makes 1 cup. Put it in a jar and keep refrigerated.

When you are ready to serve, combine the fruit juices and sugar syrup. Pour over ice in tall glasses, then add ginger ale.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

iced lemonade
iced lemonade

LEMONADE

Ingredients:

Grated rind of 2 lemons

1 cup lemon juice

4 cups water

1 cup sugar syrup

How to make sugar syrup: Combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Let it boil for about 7 minutes and do not stir. This yields 1 cup. Then, just put it in a jar and keep refrigerated.

Combine sugar syrup and lemon rind in saucepan over low heat for about 7 minutes; cool.

Add lemon juice and 4 cups of water.

Pour over ice in pitcher or tall glasses.

Variations: Add bruised mint leaves to pitcher before adding lemonade, garnish with sprig of mint.

For raspberry lemonade, add 1 pint crushed raspberries to boiled sugar water mixture then strain. Add lemon juice and proceed with recipe.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

fresh rhubarb shoots
fresh rhubarb shoots

RHUBARB COOLER, SPICED

Ingredients:

2 lbs. rhubarb

3 cups water

1-inch stick cinnamon

4 whole cloves

1/8 tsp. mace

2 tbsp. lemon juice

1/2 cup orange juice

1 pt. ginger ale

1 cup sugar syrup

How to make sugar syrup: Combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Let it boil for about 7 minutes and do not stir. This yields 1 cup. Then, just put it in a jar and keep refrigerated.

Cut rhubarb in small pieces; do not peel.

Add water and spices; simmer over low heat until tender; drain.

Add cooled sugar syrup and fruit juices; chill. To make sugar syrup, combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Let it boil for about 7 minutes and do not stir. Then, just put it in a jar and keep refrigerated. Yield: 1 cup

Pour over ice in pitcher or tall glasses and add ginger ale. You can garnish with sprigs of mint.

Yield: 8 servings

fresh peppermint leaves
fresh peppermint leaves
fresh pineapple
fresh pineapple

A MINT JULEP WITH PINEAPPLE

Ingredients:

6 sprigs fresh mint

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup lemon juice

3 cups pineapple juice, unsweetened

3 cups ginger ale

Wash mint leaves, then bruise with a spoon.

Cover mint leaves with sugar.

Add lemon juice and let it stand about 15 minutes.

Add pineapple juice.

Pour into pitcher over ice and then add the ginger ale.

Garnish with sprigs of mint.

Yield: 8 servings

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    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR

      trish1048 

      9 years ago

      hi blondepoet,

      It's not hard, really.  When you find a recipe you like, just run with it.  I do like recipes that you can put your own twist to also.  I tend to gravitate toward recipes that don't require a lot of effort, yet come out tasting like you slaved in the kitchen for hours :)

      Thanks so much for your kind comments.

    • blondepoet profile image

      blondepoet 

      9 years ago from australia

      You have just the most divine recipes, I wish I was half the cook you are :)

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR

      trish1048 

      9 years ago

      Hi anne!

      Thanks anne!  Yup, in a drink.  The next time I get to your mom's, she better have all the ingredients ready.  We can drink these with her rhubarb pie :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • annemaeve profile image

      annemaeve 

      9 years ago from Philly Burbs

      Wow, rhubarb in a drink! We are so trying this. Yeah, when will the pie be ready? Great hub, Trish!!

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR

      trish1048 

      9 years ago

      Hi Sherri,

      Yes, I know you love rhubarb and I thought of you when I included the drink here.  I am longing for your famous sugar rhubarb pie :).  When will it be ready?  :)

    • Sally's Trove profile image

      Sherri 

      9 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I love rhubarb, but never thought of using it in a beverage. But I can imagine how its tartness makes for a nice marriage with the sugar. Sounds yummy!

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR

      trish1048 

      9 years ago

      Well, so nice to see you!!  Yes, these are very refreshing, and a nice offering for folks who don't drink alcohol.

      I take it you're very busy!  It's always a pleasure to have you comment.  Do you like my new digs?  LOL

    • Christoph Reilly profile image

      Christoph Reilly 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      These look sooooo tasty, Trish! Can't wait to try some!

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