Seven Summer Drinks From Around The World

Gray, Amelia. Drinks from around the World. PNG. Jun 2021.

There’s often no better way to beat back the burning heat of the summer months than a cold, refreshing glass. Why not add a whole rainbow of international beverages to your repertoire? Impress and entertain your friends and family at your next get-together with the pop of vibrant color these summer drinks bring to the table!

*If you prefer a bit more sweetness in these summer drinks, you can try adding cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla powder, or shredded coconut.

**You can replace honey with maple syrup, if you are vegan or allergic.

Without peeling, slice 1 lemon, 1 orange, and 1 cored apple. Add a cup of each: mixed berries, still water, and grape juice to a pitcher. Leave in the fridge for at least 1 hour (or overnight). Add ice to your liking and 4 cups of sparkling water when you’re ready to serve!
Red Sangria

Gray, Amelia. Virgin Spanish Sangria. PNG. Jun 2021.

Orange Spritzer

Gray, Amelia. German Grapefruit Rosemary Spritzer. PNG. Jun 2021.

Add 2 cups of pineapple chunks, 6 rosemary sprigs, ½ cup water, plus zest and juice from 1 grapefruit to a saucepan. Simmer over medium for 15 minutes. Mash the pineapples, strain the mixture, and mix with 1½ cups grapefruit juice and 3 cups carbonated water. Allow to cool in the fridge. Add ice and grapefruit wedges to each glass and serve!
Toss a cup of diced mango, a cup of plain non-fat yogurt, ½ cup coconut milk, and a sprinkle of cinnamon to a food processor and blend until smooth as butter. That’s it! Alternatively, if you are vegan, add another cup of coconut milk and some lime juice.
Yellow Lassi

Gray, Amelia. Indian Mango Lassi. PNG. Jun 2021.

Green Soda

Gray, Amelia. American Melon Cucumber Soda. PNG. Jun 2021.

In a blender, combine ½ pound of peeled, seeded cucumber chunks and ½ pound of honeydew chunks with 4 basil leaves. Blend, strain, and chill for 30-60 minutes. Add juice from 3 limes and 2 tablespoons of honey. Fill half a glass with the mixture and the other half with sparkling water. Garnish with more basil.
Combine 2 cups of water with a pint of rinsed blueberries. Strain over 2 frozen glasses, stir in a teaspoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of honey, and top with a mint garnish.
Agua Fresca

Gray, Amelia. Mexican Blueberry Agua Fresca. PNG. Jun 2021.

Indigo Tea

Gray, Amelia. Jamaican Hibiscus Tea. PNG. Jun 2021.

In a pot, mix 8 cups of water with a few ginger slices, 1/2 a cinnamon stick, and a few allspice berries and bring to boil. Stir in a cup of dried hibiscus, remove from heat, and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain, discard solids, and chill completely before serving.
In a saucepan, combine ½ cup of water, 4 lavender sprigs, and a teaspoon of honey. Bring to boil over low heat, then let sit for 10 minutes. Add ½ cup coconut milk and bring to boil again. Strain the tea into a mug just as it starts boiling and serve!
Lavender Milk Tea

Gray, Amelia. Thai Lavendar Milk Tea. PNG. Jun 2021.

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