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Thirst-Quenching Tropical Summer Drinks to Try at Home

Thirst-Quenching Tropical Summer Drinks to Try at Home

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    Jul 05, 2015   Author : admin

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Summer heat is finally here so hot and humid days are here to stay. Instead of whining about the scorching heat of the sun why not beat the heat and quench your thirst with these tropical summer drinks that you could try at home? Head down to the nearest supermarket and buy some groceries for you’ll be needing several ingredients to make these fizzy and sparkling tropical drinks.

Kid-friendly summer drinks:

1. Sweet Raspberry lemonade

This refreshing summer drink is perfect for those who have kids in the house as it is alcohol free. All you’ll be needing are lemons, raspberries, sugar, water and ice cubes to perfect this sweet concoction! Turn your ordinary lemonade by giving it a flavorful twist with raspberries tossed into it.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 bag frozen raspberries
  • ice cubes, for serving

Method:

1. Squeeze the lemons and pour the juice into a pitcher. Mix together the sugar with 3 cups water and stir to dissolve to make a syrup. Add the syrup to the lemon juice and top it up with 8 cups water. Taste to make sure it's sweet enough for you, and then add the raspberries. Mix the lemonade together and let chill in the fridge. (Keep in mind that the raspberries are tart, so be sure to sweeten enough!)

2. Fill mason jars with ice cubes and top them off with the lemonade.

 

2. Sparkling kiwi lemonade

An all-time summer favorite, this lemonade is perfect for those who would like to quench their thirst at home. With its easy to-do steps, as one,two,three.

Ingredients:

  • 6 kiwifruits
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 liter carbonated water, chilled
  • 1 recipe Kiwi ice cubes* or ice cubes (optional)

1. Peel kiwi. Puree peeled fruit in blender container. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh wire strainer placed over a bowl. Discard seeds (some may remain).

2. In a large pitcher combine strained kiwi, sugar and lemon juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. Slowly add the chilled carbonated water just 

before serving. Stir.

3. Fill 6 tall glasses with Kiwi Ice Cubes, if desired, or with plain ice cubes. Pour the kiwi lemonade over the ice. Makes 6 servings.

Note: 

To make Kiwi Ice Cubes:

Peel 4 additional kiwifruit and cut into 8 pieces each. Fill 2 ice-cube trays with cut fruit. Add cold water; freeze until firm.

 

3. Delicious peach lemonade

Peaches are succulent sweet fruits that are perfect to eat during the summer. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, B-carotene and C, eating a peach will surely give you additional health benefits. Here’s a fun way to make a delicious peach lemonade that kids will also love!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 2 medium peaches, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced
  • Mint sprigs, optional

Method:

1. In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water, peaches and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until peaches are tender. Remove from the heat. Cool. Strain, discarding peach skins.

2. In a large pitcher, combine the peach mixture, lemon juice and remaining water. Add lemon slices and mint if desired. Serve over ice. Yield: 5 servings.

 

Adult drinks:

1. Mimosa Hawaiian

Though you can’t probably fly to Hawaii to enjoy a nice vacation at its beautiful beaches, you can however take Hawaii to your home by making this drink. Described to be tropical, fruity with a punch of sweetness, Hawaiian drinks are always good pick-me- uppers especially during the hot summer days. Take the timeless Mimosa with a twist and you’ll pretty come up with Mimosa Hawaiian.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of chilled dry white champagne
  • 12 ounce apricot nectar
  • 12 ounce pineapple juice
  • 6 ounce frozen orange juice
  • 3/4 cup water

Method:

1. Mix the pineapple juice, frozen orange juice, and apricot nectar in a large pitcher and wait until the orange juice is dissolved.

2. Stir in champagne and serve in champagne glasses.

 

2. Red Sangria

Perfect for summer pool parties, red sangria is a refreshing drink with apples and oranges where its sweetness is well-balanced by a bottle of classic red wine. For that flavorful kick, most sangria recipes require the wine to stay overnight in the refrigerator as this allows the fruits to infuse with the wine later on.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles red Spanish table wine
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup, or more to taste (equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar 
  • dissolves, cooled)
  • Orange slices
  • Apple slices
  • Blackberries
  • Pomegranate seeds

Method:

1. Mix all ingredients together and let stand in 24 hours in the refrigerator before serving.

 

3. Mojito

Looking for a signature summer drink? The mojito cocktail might just be your perfect bet with its refreshing hint of lime and mint combined. Guests would surely love the idea of downing one or more glasses of mojito at your summer house party.

Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 6 ounces light rum
  • 12 mint sprigs, or spearmint, 8 roughly broken APART
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • Club soda
  • 4 slices lime

Method:

1. Place ice in beverage shaker then add in the rum, 8 broken up mint sprigs, lime juice and sugar. Shake well and serve over ice in a high ball glass. Top off each glass with a splash of club soda.

2. Garnish each with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.

 

BBQ food to try at home:

1. Chorizo and Chicken Skewers

Chicken and chorizo go hand in hand as they create a powerful and flavorful kick to your regular bbqs. Here’s its tasty recipe from allrecipes.com that you could certainly give a try at home:

Ingredients:

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 20 pieces
  • 8 ounces chorizo sausage, cut into 16 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 4 (12-inch) bamboo or metal skewers

Method:

1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

2. Place chicken and chorizo in a large bowl; add olive oil, sherry vinegar, oregano, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and salt. Stir until chicken and chorizo are completely coated.

3. Thread chicken, chorizo, red onion, and red bell pepper evenly onto 4 skewers, making sure that each piece of chicken touches 1 piece of chorizo. Place finished skewers on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until cold 15 to 30 minutes.

4. Cook on the preheated grill, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

 

2. Beer Braised BBQ Pork Butt

You know absolutely for sure that beef is perfect for steak but never knew that it could also be perfect for a palatable bbq dish.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • About 40 grinds black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard seed
  • 12 ounces good ale or dark beer, such as Bass
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 5 -pound pork butt (shoulder of the animal)

Method:

1. Combine rub ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Rub all over pork butt. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour and as long as overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Unwrap pork and place in a roasting pan with sides about 2 inches high. Cook 45 minutes until dark browned and even blackening in places. 

Remove from oven. Lower oven to 325 degrees F. Pour beer over the top and add chopped garlic around the pork. Cover tightly with heavy duty aluminum foil or twice with regular foil. Poke about 10 holes all over the top of the foil. Cook pork butt 2 1/2 hours longer until so tender that it comes away very easily from center bone.

3. Place the meat on a plate and pour the pan juice (there will be plenty) into a saucepan.

To the pan juices add:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar

4. Bring to a simmer until reduced by half and thick, about 20 minutes.

5. While the sauce is boiling down, pull apart the pork with 2 forks. Pour the sauce over the pulled pork and work through until fully absorbed.

 

Entertainment for friends:

Now that you’re done preparing for the food and drinks, it’s time to get your entertainment ready in order to get the summer party vibe moving! Entertain friends with these ideas and they will surely enjoy the time spent at your bbq party at home.

1. Harness your singing skills by doing karaoke! 

2. Set up the table and go for beer pong!

3. Hire a professional DJ to provide evening music

4. Bring out the guitar and let someone play it for the guests

5. Let the kids enjoy with their all-time favorite potato sack race

 

Images via Sweat Peas Kitchen

Written by MYC Contributor Jessa Ann Z. Gomez

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