Cool Summertime Beverages



There is nothing better than the sound of ice cubes clinking the side of a glass in the heat of the day! Here are some of my favorite summertime beverages!

Here is an idea to inspire you :: Surprise your hubby with one of the "Adult Beverages" listed below one night this week after the kids are tucked away. I recommend a porch or cozy outdoor space and candles to go along with it!

Pomegranate & Lime Iced Tea
from Real Simple

Ingredients

8 cups boiling water
8 tea bags
2 cups pomegranate juice
3 limes, thinly sliced
1/4 cup sugar or agave nectar to taste

Directions

1. Pour 8 cups of boiling water into a heat-resistant pitcher. Add 8 tea bags and let steep for 10 minutes.
2. Remove and discard the bags and allow the tea to cool to room temperature. Stir in the pomegranate juice, limes, and sugar. Refrigerate until ready to use. Serve over ice.


And, here are two of my favorite drink concoctions for "adult beverages".

Shandy (a South African specialty, my hubbie's homeland)

Ingredients

beer of choice (I prefer Stella Artois, or a Hefewiezen)
Trader Joe's Sparkling Lemonade (or a lemon-lime soda will work too)
Lemon wedge and a squeeze of lemon

Directions
1. Pour equal parts beer and sparkling lemonade into a glass.
2. Add squeeze of lemon and garnish with lemon wedge.
3. Say ahhhh.

[I am not really a beer enthusiast. This is such a yummy and refreshing drink with a bit of a bite to it. Perfect to enjoy with bbq, or asian food. It is the best with sushi!]

Sangria
Just about anytime we have a girls night in somewhere, you will find sangria there with us! Kristen was the first person to make this for me, and I was hooked! There is so much flexibility in making it...pretty much any red wine + fruit + lemony-lime soda or sparkling lemonade will be amazing together! Adding the sparkling ingredients lightens up the wine - making it perfect to serve when people have to drive home.

Ingredients:

1 bottle red wine (I find the cheaper the wine, the better the sangria tastes! - another bonus in making this for a large group!)
1 bottle Sparkling lemonade/limeade (I like Trader Joe's, but you could also use straight lemonade and add sparkling water or lemon lime soda)
1 sliced lemon
1 sliced lime
2 sliced apples
2 slices oranges

Directions:
1. Slice up your fruit
2. Combine all ingredients and stir
3. Refrigerate until iced cold (at least 2 hours)
4. Serve over ice and be sure to ladle out fruit for each glass...nibbling on the fruit is the best part!

{Do you have a signature Summertime Drink?}

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