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« on: July 01, 2005 11:56:57 PM »

Alrighty, I've been making lemonade from frozen concentrates since our first heat wave, and I'm ready to move on to bigger and better things. Any recipes out there for deliciously refreshing summer beverages? Non-alcoholic, preferably, but such recipes can be easily modified anyhow, so please, share!

(Thanks in advance!)

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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2005 09:38:59 AM »

Sun Tea:  1 gallon water, 8 tea bags.  Put water and tea bags in a jug and let stand out doors in the sun 4 to 6 hours.  Serve over ice.
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2005 12:38:13 PM »

sun tea is great. My favorite type is Celestial Seasoning's Red Zinger, or you can make your own hibuscus-mint tea by putting a bunch of hibuscus flowers (you could get at health food stores) and mint leaves in a tea ball or tied up in cheesecloth and leaving it in the sun.

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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2005 01:58:26 PM »

How about a refreshing Orange Jubilee?

1 (6 ounce) can of frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed and undiluted
2 1/4 cups of milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup ice cubes

Put all igredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Scrape sides of blender with a rubber spatula.  Makes about 4 servings.
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2005 06:43:38 AM »

Add some apple juice or cider to your lemonade, along with a pinch of nutmeg.

Pear juice, fennel (the weed, not the seed), and mint. Yummy! Supposedly aids digestion as well.

Cranberry juice, lime juice, and white grape juice.

4  cups  Ice
3/8  cup  light fruit juice (apple, white grape, etc.)
1/4  cup  heavier fruit juice (dark grape,orange, etc.)
Sparkling water

2    Ripe fresh apricots
1  teaspoon  Lime juice
1/2  packet  Sugar substitute
2    Fresh mint leaves

Star Fruit:
4 Coarsely chopped carambola
1/3 c Sugar
3/4 c Club soda; chilled
sliced Carambola (optional)

Combine carambola and sugar in food processor, and process 1 minute or until smooth. Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl, reserving 1-1/4 cups juice; cover and chill. Discard solids. Add club soda to carambola juice; stir gently. Pour over ice.


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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2005 09:23:59 AM »

My favorite summer drink is peppermint iced tea. It feels so good going down when it's hot out side.

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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2005 02:25:23 PM »

I like mixing drinks in general. If you want something with a big zing to it mix Margarita Mix (non-alcholic stuff that comes in a jug) with some Sprite, and  pink/rasberry Lemonade to your own taste. I recomend freezing the lemonade with some extra water before putting it in with the mixture. This will keep it cold, add color, and the extra water will take away some of the bite.

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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2005 02:51:15 AM »

I just got this recipe from my new martha steart book today! Granted I havn't tried it yet, but it sounds refreshing and thrifty.

Rhubarb Tea
Cut 8 stalks of Rhubarb into 3 inch lengths. Add them to 8 cups water, bring to a boil , and allow it to simmer for an hour. strain liquid and add sugar to taste--about 1/3 of a cup and let cool. she suggests you garnish with mint.

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