What better way to enjoy the beautiful weather outside than to lounge in a hammock in the backyard with a glass of something sweet in your hand? Your drink does not have to be alcoholic for you to enjoy it, and you don’t have to limit yourself to lemonade alone. Try some of these tasty non-alcoholic beverages the next time you are looking for a late morning drink as you enjoy the cool summer breeze.
A spritzer is very light and refreshing and is great to have early in the afternoon. This recipe does not require many ingredients, and it is very simple to make. The ingredients needed are:
2 cups of seltzer, 2/3 cups of frozen strawberries, 2 sprigs of fresh mint, and 3 ounces of raspberry flavored syrup.
Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher and serve the drink over ice.
Cranberry and Ginger Punch
No need to go to the store to buy fruit punch that is loaded with unhealthy sugar. Make your own fresh punch at home using healthy ingredients and fresh fruits. Because of the ginger, this recipe has a distinct taste, but the other ingredients mask any overpowering flavors. The ingredients needed are:
Thinly sliced ginger, 3 cups of cranberry juice, 1 ½ teaspoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of orange juice, 6 lemon slices, and 6 orange slices.
In a saucepan over low heat, boil the ginger and 3 ½ cups of water. Remove from the heat and let settle for more than one hour. Strain into a large pitcher and combine the remaining ingredients. You can serve the punch over ice.
It simply wouldn’t be summer if you do not have a glass of lemonade. Lemonade is traditional and simple to make with very little preparation required. The ingredients needed to make lemonade are:
1 cup of sugar, 6 large lemons, seeded and juiced, and water.
Boil the sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. In a large pitcher, combine the mixture with the fresh lemon juice and 4 cups of cold water. Refrigerate for several hours and serve over ice.
Strawberry lemonade is a refreshing and fruity take on classic lemonade. The ingredients you will need are:
2 cups of strawberries with the tops removed and cut into halves, 1 cup of sugar, 6 large lemons, seeded and juiced, and water.
Puree the strawberries in a blender. Strain, then aside. Boil the sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. In a large pitcher, combine the mixture with the fresh lemon juice, 4 cups of cold water, and strawberry puree. Refrigerate for several hours and serve over ice.
Another spin on traditional lemonade, this recipe incorporates the use of limes. Very few ingredients are needed, and it is quick and simple to make. The ingredients needed are:
1 ½ cups of fresh lime juice, ½ cup of lemon juice, 6 cups of water, and 1 cup of sugar.
Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher and chill for several hours. You can serve the drink over ice and garnish with a wedge of lime.