Tall icy beverages are the very symbol of summertime refreshment. In my last post, I emphasized how important it is for those of us over 60 to make sure we are drinking enough water and other liquids. There are many delicious summer beverages that we can also enjoy in addition to water, and I’d like to share some of my favorites with you in this post.
Summer beverages include a variety of drinks – lemonade and other fruit-based drinks, smoothies, flavored teas and iced coffees……the list could go on and on! Lemonade is always synonymous with summertime! I keep the recipe from Sunkist for Old Fashioned Lemonade at the front of my recipe box in the summer months – it’s a great basic lemonade recipe.
Old Fashioned Lemonade
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1 cup Lemon Juice (about 6 lemons)
3/4 cup Sugar (more or less to your taste)
4 cups Cold Water
1 Lemon, unpeeled, sliced in round slices
In a large pitcher, combine lemon juice and sugar; stir to dissolve sugar. Add remaining ingredients, blend well. Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon slice.
Variations: Add some maraschino cherry juice to make “pink” lemonade. My grandmother used to add a can of apricot nectar to her lemonade – very yummy!
Yield: 6 cups
Another one of my favorites is iced tea. I grew up drinking it sweet, but I don’t really want to take in that much sugar in a beverage now. I’m not keen on artificial sweeteners either. I make unsweetened ice tea and add a splash of orange juice to it to sweeten it naturally. It’s really quite good! I also like what we call an “Arnold Palmer” in this area of the country – half lemonade and half iced tea. Try it!
I love the taste of ginger, which is an aid to digestion, and was delighted to find this recipe for Ginger Lemon Green Iced Tea. This is so refreshing!
Ginger Lemon Green Iced Tea
Yield: 6 servings.
Embellishing Summer Drinks
Many of us over the age of 60 may have developed an intolerance to lactose, which is in milk and milk products. This dairy-free smoothie recipe uses vanilla almond milk. Blueberries are a good source of antioxidants, bananas are a good source of potassium, orange juice is full of Vitamin C and almond milk is high in calcium. Great taste and healthy too!
Blueberry Orange Smoothie
1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 Cup Blueberries (frozen is fine)
1 Cup Bananas (frozen is fine)
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
2. Cover and blend until smooth.
If a thicker beverage is desired, add ice to the blender before serving.
Stay hydrated this summer!
Remember to savor the flavor!