Thirst For Summer!

Thirst For Summer!

Thirst For Summer!

By Kent Villard

(c) 2000 The Internet Chef

One of my favorite summer activities is to sit on the patio with my feet up on railing. I can think of no better diversion than to just sit there and stare into space. As pleasant as this sounds, there is one thing that can make that scene even more appealing. A nice cold drink to keep me company. What does 'The Internet Chef' drink on a hot day? It may surprise you!

Pitcher O' Punch

Fruity Flavour Blend

Ingredients:

1 (6-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

1 (6-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

3 cans cold water

2 cups apricot nectar

1 quart lemon-lime-flavored carbonated beverage, well chilled

Combine juice concentrates, water and apricot nectar in a large pitcher, stir well then chill. Just before serving, add carbonated beverage slowly (to preserve carbonation). Serve over ice. Garnish with fresh mint if desired. Makes 2-1/2 quarts.

Strawberry Lemonade

A Taste of Summer's Finest

Ingredients:

3 cups water

1-1/2 cups sugar

6 cups fresh (or frozen) strawberries

1 cup lemon juice

Heat water and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved; let cool then chill. Puree berries in blender or food processor; combine with water-sugar mixture. Add lemon juice. Serve over ice. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Summer Slush

My favourite drink for the patio when entertaining

Ingredients:

1 (6-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate

1 (6-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate

1 can water

1 can bourbon or rum

Combine all ingredients. Pour into 1-quart freezer container; freeze overnight. Spoon into champagne glasses. Makes 6 to 8 Servings

Blueberry-Yogurt Shake

Great for the kids, makes a healthy snack

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh (or frozen) blueberries

1 (8-ounce) carton plain yogurt

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix together all ingredients until smooth in food processor (or blender). Makes 2 cups.

Mock Pink Lady

Another great beverage for entertaining

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups milk

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

6 ice cubes

1 tablespoon granadine

Measure milk, lemon juice, grenadine, sugar and ice cubes into blender. Blend until ice is gone. Serve Immediately. Makes 3 cups.

Creamsicle Frappe

A personal favorite, I use the carbonated water and the non-dairy frozen dessert and orange juice concentrate (rather than the liqueur)

Ingredients:

2 cups vanilla ice-cream or non-dairy frozen dessert

1 cup orange juice

1 cup chilled water (or carbonated water)

1/4 cup orange liqueur or orange juice concentrate.

In a blender or food processor, combine the ice-cream (or non-dairy frozen dessert), orange juice and liqueur (or orange juice concentrate). Blend until smooth. Divide in to two glasses. Makes 2 servings.

Rhubarb Punch

A truly unique taste that you'll love

Ingredients:

2 pounds rhubarb, chopped

3/4 cup sugar

Juice from 1 orange

Juice from 1 lemon

3/4 cup soda water

In saucepan, bring rhubarb and 4 cups water to a boil; reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until rhubarb is softened. In cheesecloth lined sieve set over bowl, strain rhubarb for at least 2 hours or overnight. Discard pulp. Stir sugar and orange and lemon juices into rhubarb juice. Transfer to pitcher and refrigerate. just before serving, add soda water.

About the author

Kent Villard is the webmaster and co-owner of The Internet Chef. For more great articles, cooking info, and a lot more recipes, visit iChef.

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