There’s summer heat, and then there’s just plain out inferno. I don’t know how everyone is holding up, but I’m basically hopping from one airconditioned place to the next. Luckily tho, the melting season is also the fruit season! So down there is a list of easy-to-make, fruity and delicious drinks to cool you, and me, down.
First up, everybody’s favorite; Watermelon Slushy
All you need is 2 cups of frozen watermelon cubes, 1 cup water, and a tbsp of honey. And for the twist, add mint or basil leaves. Blend the cubes and the water till smooth, then blend again with the leaves and the sweetener in, and drink up!
Next, a very underrated classic, Detox Mango Juice
For this one, you’ll need a large ripe mango, 2 cups of water, coconut water, or orange juice (you read that right, turns out it works well with mangoes!), 5-6 mint leaves, and an inch of ginger (optional). Chop the mango into cubes, blend it all together in a blender, add 1 cup water for consistency if needed, and serve!
Sweet Summary Peach Iced Tea
Now this one may take longer to make than the rest, but it’s definitely worth the hassle. First off, you can either buy the peach syrup or make your own, for that you’ll need 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and 2 thinly sliced ripe peaches. Bring them to a boil in a small saucepan, crushing the peaches for more flavor. Once the sugar is dissolved, cover, remove from heat and let steep for 25-30 minutes, then strain it. As for the tea, add 8 cups of water to 2-3 tbsp loose leaf black tea or 3-4 tea bags, and let brew for 4-5 minutes max so it doesn’t get bitter. You then strain out loose tea leaves and refrigerate to cool. You can either mix the syrup and the tea and serve or serve them separately and pour to taste, et voila!
What’s better than red grapes? Red Grape Juice
Very easy. Very yummy. What you do is that you pick enough grapes to fill 2 cups, soak them in water in a large bowl for 5 minutes, then put the grapes in a blender with 1/2 tbsp sugar and 1/2 cup water, and blend till smooth. Now strain it to get the clear juice, add a pinch of salt and 2-3 tsp of lemon/lime juice. Ice cubes in, and enjoy.
The ever so controversial, Tomato juice
Well you either love it or you hate it, but you definitely have to try it. Here’s what you’ll need: 3 pounds very ripe tomatoes, cored, roughly chopped, 1 1/4 cups chopped celery with leaves, 1/3 cup chopped onion, 2 Tbsp sugar (to taste), 1 teaspoon salt, pinch of black pepper, and a couple shakes of Tabasco sauce, about 6-8 drops (to taste).
Put all of these ingredients in a stainless steel pot, let cook and simmer for 25 minutes. Strain, chill, and serve!
Last but not least, Lemon Mint
The ultimate cooler, and it’s pretty simple. First, squeeze the juice of two lemons and set aside, mix 1 tsp ginger and 1 tbsp mint leaves with little water, grind, then add 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tbsp salt and 2.5 cups of water. Stir well, add lemon juice, strain, and serve!
Feel free to experiment and take it to the next level with these juices, because although they may not be everyone’s go-to to beat the heat, they’re totally up for the task.
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