I’m taking some time off to get our new home organized after our move. I hope to be back to blogging soon, but in the meantime please welcome Sylvie of Gourmande in the Kitchen as she shares some fun summer drink ideas and a recipe for Sparkling Pineapple Mint Juice today.
Summer Drink Ideas
During summer the best drinks are full of flavor and just plain refreshing. Enjoy these summer-inspired drinks for your weekend barbeques, picnics, parties or just while hanging out with friends this season.
A cool glass of honey ginger lemonade is just right on one of those lovely, long, lazy summer days. The lemonade starts with simple syrup made with honey, into that goes the “zing,” a few ounces of grated ginger, and it’s left to infuse. Mix it all up with fresh lemon juice, cold water, and ice cubes and you’re done.
Add a little vodka for extra kick if you like, and this sweet and spicy lemonade transforms into a light cocktail.
A glass of freshly-pressed juice in the morning can be easier on your digestive system and a good way to start off the day.
You get your daily dose of vegetables and fruit and all their valuable micronutrients down to the very last drop because the process of juicing makes them so easily assimilated by the body.
I call this my green lemonade; it’s a fennel, apple and celery juice with mint and parsley and it’s one of my favorites. A little bit of tart green apple and freshly squeezed lemon juice is what makes this juice “lemonade,” as they offer a little sweetness and tartness.
For a super refreshing and nutritious summer drink, try this Watermelon, Cucumber and Mint Juice. Watermelon and cucumber are cleansing for the body and rich in electrolytes.
They are healthy alternatives to sports drinks and keep you cool and hydrated on hot days. The mild flavor of cucumber blends well with the watermelon, while the mint brings a lightness and freshness to the juice.
Pretty and pink, this juice is refreshing, hydrating and cleansing.
Both pomegranates and blueberries are known for their antioxidant punch, but add green tea to the mix and you have an unbeatable antioxidant rich summer sipper. Deeply colored and full flavored, this full bodied purple-blue slush is just slightly sweet and boasts a plethora of nutrients.
I’ve combined all three in this super simple summer quencher. Sweet blueberries mingle with tart pomegranate juice and grassy Matcha green tea.
The sweet yet acidic taste of fresh pineapple combines perfectly with the fizzy bubbles of sparkling water. Add a touch of fresh mint and it becomes something uniquely refreshing.
When it’s hot outside nothing quenches your thirst quite like a glass of pineapple mint juice. This juice makes your mouth tingle it’s so refreshing.
I first fell in love with the idea of pineapple with mint when I did the BluePrint Cleanse. Their version was so good that I had to recreate a version of it at home. Want to make an adult version? Add a little vodka or rum and garnish with pineapple spears.
Sparkling Pineapple, Mint Juice Recipe
1 fresh pineapple, peeled and chopped (save a few slices to garnish if desired)
1/4 cup (one small handful) fresh mint
A few teaspoons of honey or your sweetener or choice (optional)
1 liter bottle of sparkling water or club soda
Crushed ice, to serve
Place pineapple, mint and sweetener (if using) in a high speed blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Pour into tall glasses, top with crushed ice. Add sparkling water or club soda to top. Serve immediately garnish with mint or pineapple slices if desired.
The recipes is from guest poster Sylvie of Gourmande in the Kitchen.
About the Author:
Sylvie Shirazi is a freelance food photographer and food writer. On her blog, Gourmande in the Kitchen, she celebrates the joy that food brings to our lives every day.
Her motto is “cook simply.” She believes that good food isn’t fussy or pretentious; it’s simple, it’s real and it’s made with love for those we love. Through her blog, Sylvie hopes to inspire others to follow their instincts, trust their taste buds, and find a sense of confidence in the kitchen.