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Episode 511: Midsummer Night's Dream
Fresh Summer Drinks
Refreshing Drinks...
Looking for some cool drinks for hot midsummer afternoons or evenings? Here are a couple of refreshing recipes for flavourful coolers:



Cucumber Dream Cooler (left):



Ingredients:
  • ice
  • English cucumber, peeled, sliced
  • 12 oz. lime juice (can use lime powder)
  • pinch of fresh spearmint, chopped (can use peppermint)
  • 2 tbsps low-fat yogurt
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of lemon zest
  • lemon slice
  • cucumber slice

Method:

Into a blender, add ice, cucumber, spearmint, yogurt, salt, lemon zest, and lime juice (*if you want to fresh-squeeze your juice, use a smaller quantity or it will be too tart).

Place lid on top, and blend.

Pour into tall sling glasses and garnish with a slice of lemon and cucumber (*use a zester, and draw up the cucumber and lemon to give it a striped pattern).

Add a yellow straw and a sprig of mint.



Mouth Water Melon Cooler (right):



Ingredients:

  • ice
  • 1 cup watermelon, chopped
  • 1 cup honeydew, chopped
  • 1 cup cantaloupe, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 12 oz. mint tea, brewed then chilled
  • melon balls

Method:

Into a blender, add ice, watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, orange juice and mint tea.

Place lid on top and blend.

Pour into sling glasses, leaving a bit of room at the top.

Add melon balls.

Garnish with a piece of watermelon and a straw.

Whether you're in a mellow, melon mood, or wanting to feel cool as a cucumber, on a hot summer afternoon, coolers are the way to go.