Sweet TeaI fell in love with sweet tea when I moved to West Virginia. It isn't a beverage you can find everywhere, and I knew that I had to develop my own recipe in case I moved somewhere further north. I hope you enjoy it!
LemonadeThis recipe makes a 2 quart pitcher. It's fantastically easy and can be made in a jiff. Feel free to add a shot of amaretto or whiskey to a glass of this lemonade; it's just like having a "sour" but without artificial flavors and colors!
LimeadeAnother timeless classic, limeade is an excellent choice for those who desire a refreshing drink that's more tart than sour. Think of it as lemonade's more sophisticated cousin.
Cheeky Cherry LimeadeSummer isn't summer without some cherry limeade. This drink, popular at drive in restaurants and other fine eating establishments, is sweet and tart at the same time. Many, many people like making it at home, too. This is my favorite way to do it. Yum!
OrangeadeThis delightfully fresh and sweet drink isn't as popular as it used to be. As a child, I lived off of "orange drink." This has a similar flavor, but isn't full of artificial flavors or colors.
Pineapple PUNCHThis tart and tropical fizzy drink will have you thinking of the tropics. Luau anyone?
Iced Black and Green TeasThere are a myriad of ways to make iced tea. I use family sized tea bags because they use less packaging than using regular sized ones. The only thing I don't do, though, is follow the instructions on the box they come in! If you like your iced tea to actually have flavor, try making it this way.
Blackberry Velvet SangriaSangria is my favorite type of libation. I started making my own at home because most varieties sold in stores are made using methods that are not vegan-friendly (gelatin and other animal based ingredients are used in filtering and other processes). It's totally worth the effort or making it from scratch for something that's so delicious!
Raspberry Rose SangriaI love sangria! It's one of my favorite things to make, not just because it's fun but also because it tastes so much better when made at home. And, when you finally get the hang of it, you can experiment by adding different fruits and changing the recipe for different occasions! I hope you enjoy this version.
Lemonadey Iced TeaWhat happens when you can't choose between iced tea and lemonade? You make lemonadey iced tea! Traditionally, a drink that is half tea and half lemonade is called an “Arnold Palmer,” named after the golf legend. Mine isn't exactly half and half, and it's from scratch, and I really wanted to call it “lemonadey.”
Iced ChaiThis cool but spicy drink is great on the go and especially for breakfast. Some chai teas use more of one spice than do others. Experiment and you'll find the one that works best for your taste. Enjoy some iced chai with your bowl of cereal in the morning or with an afternoon snack.
MelonadeThis is a great way to use up leftover watermelon from a cookout or barbeque! Use 1/2 cup sugar for just a bit of sweetness and a full cup if you have an insatiable sweet tooth (like me!).
Hibiscus SodaDried hibiscus flowers have a naturally sweet, fruity flavor. Unlike jasmine flowers and rose buds, hibiscus doesn't have a “floral” or soapy flavor. Hibiscus drinks are very popular in Austin. Whenever I see one on a menu, I order it!
Homemade Fizzy JuiceMy fiance bestowed upon me, for my 29th birthday, an at-home carbonator. It was one of the best gifts I've received and I use it on a frequent basis. As a kid I remember my mother making “soda” at home by mixing club soda and juice. You can do the same, regardless of whether or not you make your carbonated water at home.
Berry Good Iced TeaYes, it's true that you can find berry flavored black tea bags, but does the final result taste as fruity as it would if you used regular tea and real berries? Try out this recipe and you'll discover for yourself.
About Summertime SippersIntroduction: There's nothing quite like an ice cold drink on a warm, summer afternoon. Lemonade, iced tea, and other homemade beverages make the summer months even more pleasurable than they already are. I, for one, would be at a loss if I didn't have a delicious recipe for southern style sweet tea. This regional thirst quencher can't be found everywhere and if you're a sweet tea drinker in the north you had best know how to brew a batch yourself. And, as it happens, I'm kind of obsessed with lemon and lime based beverages! There is just something so absolutely refreshing about a drink that is both sweet and tart. They go perfectly with the other flavors of summer; burgers, barbecue, salads, roasted vegetables, and even pasta. I hope you enjoy making these recipes. I know I enjoyed creating them! And don't forget to have a wonderful summer!
The 15 recipes included in the book are: Sweet Tea, Lemonade, Limeade, Cheeky Cherry Limeade, Orangeade, Pineapple PUNCH, Iced Black and Green Teas, Blackberry Velvet Sangria, Raspberry Rose Sangria, Lemonadey Iced Tea, Iced Chai, Melonade, Hibiscus Soda, Homemade Fizzy Juice, and Berry Good Iced Tea.
Take a trip to a liquid oasis with "Summertime Sippers!"