Nothing beats an ice cold refreshing drink on a hot summer day. These drinks will help you forget the sweltering temperatures, at least for a while.
Lemonade is always a favorite but never more than during the summer. Adding fruit such as strawberries or cherries is an added bonus to lemonade.
For that caffeine pick me up, the Ice Mocha Coffee is sure to please. Enjoy!
Real Honest-to-Goodness Lemonade
1 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 cup lemon juice (6 to 8 lemons)
3 to 4 cups ice cold water
Make a simple syrup by heating sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan until sugar is completely dissolved.
Juice lemons to make one cup of juice. Add juice and simply syrup in a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of ice cold water. Refrigerate before serving. Serve with ice and lemon or lime slices.
Tip: A quick way to squeeze lemons for juice, roll lemons on your kitchen counter to help soften the lemons, then cut lemons in half, insert a fork into the pulp and twist the fork around and around or back and forth, the juice will pour out.
Homemade Strawberry Lemonade
3 c. water
1-1/2 c. sugar
2 c. lemon juice (8 to 10 lemons)
1 pint strawberries (hulled and halved)
1 liter of seltzer water
In saucepan bring water and sugar to a boil, reduce heat and simmer stirring often until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; add lemon juice. Let cool.
Put strawberries in blender with 1/2 cup of the lemonade mixture. Blend until pureed. Add strawberries to lemonade mixture; stir well. Refrigerate.
For serving, stir in seltzer, then pour over ice and serve with lemon slices.
Iced Mocha Coffee
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 tsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. warm water
2 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
6 ounces cold milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla flavoring
In sealable jar, combine instant coffee, sugar and warm water. Cover the jar and shake until it is foamy. Pour into a glass, add chocolate syrup, milk and vanilla flavoring, stir until blended. Add ice. Adjust to taste if necessary.
There is an abundance of lemons and limes at reasonable prices in the grocery stores now. Key limes are also available. Check out Reasors, Whole Foods Market, Petty’s Fine Foods and Walmart Neighborhood Market in Tulsa.
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