Refreshing drinks!

Eight refreshing drink recipes

Whether celebrating with colleagues at your summer party or unwinding after a long day at work, there is no better time of year to enjoy a refreshing, flavoursome drink. To provide you with some inspiration, here are 8 recipes for you to follow so you are able to impress all your friends with your summer drink making skills…

 

Papaya Lassi with Cardamom

Full of sweetness and tang, this dreamy drink will cool you off and transport you to the subcontinent.

Serves 2

  • 1 heaping cup of fresh papaya cut into chunks

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt

  • 1/2 cup whole milk

  • 1 heaping tablespoon of sugar, honey, syrup or agave

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse until combined. Pour into chilled glasses and refrigerate for about 10 minutes before serving.

Keeps well covered for about a day.

 

Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca

With its fresh water base this light, cooling fruit drink is magically refreshing.

Serves 4

  • 2 pounds watermelon (seeds removed)

  • 1 cup chilly water

  • 2 teaspoons lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon basil-infused simple syrup (*) or agave nectar

(*) Syrup: Mix 1/4 cup water with 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to boil over medium-low heat and simmer, without stirring, until all sugar is dissolved (about three minutes). Remove from heat, add 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil. Let steep for 15 minutes until flavour has infused the syrup.

Blend all ingredients, adjusting sweetness as needed. Strain through a mesh strainer or cloth (optional). Serve over ice.

 

 

Matcha Green Tea Shake

Blend matcha powder with milk, sugar, and ice… and Voliá: a fresh, frothy, green jolt in a glass!

Serves 1

  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 cup milk (nut, rice, cow's, goat's, etc)

  • Handful of ice                  

Place a large juice glass or jar in the freezer for as long as possible. In a blender, blend the matcha, honey, milk and ice until smooth. Serve in the chilled glass.

 

 

Carrot-Ginger Beer

A healthy, invigorating thirst-quencher to see you through afternoons in the sun.

Serves 4

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

  • 6 large mint sprigs

  • 1/2 cup cold-pressed carrot juice

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)

  • 6 ounces spiced rum

  • 3 cups chilled ginger beer

  • mint sprigs and shaved carrots - for garnish

Combine 1 cup water, 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar, and 6 large mint sprigs in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high, stirring just until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and cool completely (about 30 minutes). Discard mint sprigs.

Combine mint syrup, 1/2 cup cold-pressed carrot juice, and 1/4 cup fresh lime juice in a pitcher, and chill until very cold, about 2 hours.

For each serving, pour 6 Tbsp. of the mixture over ice in a 12-oz. glass, and stir in 3 Tbsp. spicedrum.

Top each with 3/4 cup chilled ginger beer. Garnish with mint sprigs and shaved carrots.

 

 

Kiwi Pineapple-Ade

A truly fresh and tasty tropical drink. Try to use fresh pineapple and kiwis while in season.

Serves 5

  • 5 kiwis peeled and roughly chopped

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh pineapple

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar pinch kosher salt

  • 2 cups fresh pineapple juice

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)

  • 1 cup chilly water

  • 1 cup light rum

  • kiwi slices, to garnish

Process 5 kiwis, 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh pineapple, 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar, and a pinch of kosher salt in a blender until smooth - about 2 minutes.

Pour fruit mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, discarding solids. Stir in 2 cups fresh pineapple juice, 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, and 1 cup chilly water.

Stir in 1 cup light rum. Cover and chill until very cold, about 4 hours. Serve over ice. Garnish with kiwi slices.

 

 

Honeydew-Basil Agua Fresca

In their purest form, ‘agua frescas’ are simply blended fruit, water, and a little lime - the essence of summer fruit, sipped through a straw.

Serves 4

  • 1 honeydew

  • 2 cups cold water

  • 4 teaspoons lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons basil-infused simple syrup (*) or agave nectar

(*) Syrup: Mix 1/4 cup water with 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to boil over medium-low heat and simmer, without stirring, until all sugar is dissolved (about three minutes). Remove from heat, add 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil. Let steep for 15 minutes until flavour has infused the syrup.

Blend all ingredients, adjusting sweetness as needed. Strain through a mesh strainer or cloth (optional). Serve over ice.