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Get Your Drink On (Because somtime plain water gets boring)

Don’t get to excited, this isn’t about alcoholic beverages, although recipes for those have been flooding my blog feed as well, this is about hydration! When Andy and I were at the grocery store earlier this week, he added one of those plastic lemons filled with juice to our cart. I raised my eyebrow at him since the only time anything like that comes home with us is when I need it for a recipe, and even then I prefer to use fresh juice. He informed me that he was getting bored with plain water and that this was is solution to the flavor issue. I felt a little bad, usually I try to keep tea or something in the fridge, but I’ve not been really good about keeping up with the rate of consumption. So I took to the internet for some inspiration and I’ve found two things I am interested in trying: Lemonade or Limeade and Aloe water. These are a few of the recipes I am considering.

Lemonade/Limeade:

Aloe Water:

 

Image from here.

 


Ice Ice Baby

While it’s not quite as muggy further up the east coast, my New York friends have been reporting wickedly harsh days in the mid to high 90’s. I can only imagine what it must be like trying to find a breeze in a city of glass and concrete, and I truly feel for you guys. At least in Florida we expect for it to be stupidly hot this time of year. In the south, you learn early on how to beat the heat.  Avoid cooking in doors (yes, that’s why we all have grills), keep any unnecessary lights turned off, sit in front of the fan and most importantly, keep the iced beverages coming. Trust me, the iced beverages are the key, you really really have to make sure to stay hydrated. I speak from unpleasant experience. Here are some fun ways to make your drinks a little more interesting.

Fancy Ice Cubes:

Berry Mint Ice Cubes

Perfect for jazzing up a boring glass of water, these ice cubes are very easy to make. Just  put a mint leaf and your berry of choice in each compartment of the ice tray, fill the rest of the way with water, freeze and enjoy.  Larger berries like straw berries may have to be halved or quartered to fit.

Coffee/Tea Ice Cubes

Here in the south, sweet tea is a staple in almost every household. Heck, I’ve consumed so much tea in my 26, i’m surprised it’s not running through my veins. And to me, nothing ruins a refreshing glass of tea faster than melted ice. To prevent this fill your ice trays with sweet tea, freeze and problem solved. This work with iced coffee as well.  You hear that Starbucks? Seriously, you might want to consider this.

Layered Ice Cubes

A little more labor intensive, these ice cubes are great for giving your lemonade or iced tea a little some thing special.  Pour a layer of fruit juice into your ice tray, freeze, then repeat. Keep going until you have the visual result you want, or you run out of room. I’m thinking strawberry, blueberry and raspberry.  Or you can go the extra mile and incorporate a layer of fruit puree.

My only other beverage advice, straws. Wacky straws make everything better.

Images from here:


Keeping Cool

Now that the weather is warmer and the evenings are longer, Andy and I have developed the habit of lingering at the table after dinner. Where the winter months inspired us to quickly clear the table so we could retire to the snuggley warmth of the couch, where we could bury ourselves under fluffy throws and warm kitties; we now sit back pour another glass of whatever and discuss our day, our weekend plans or whatever we happen to be thinking about. As a nod to these wonderfully laid back evenings I’ve been sprucing up our evening beverages with handfuls of fresh fruit or herbs.  While our flavor combinations have been a bit more traditional, I am very excited to add these recipes to our weekly rotation:

Strawberry and Basil Lemonade

To a large pitcher of lemonade add 2-3 cups of chopped strawberries and a handful of chopped basil. The longer this lemonade sets the more the basil flavor will infuse with the beverage!

Blackberry Lemonade

To a small pitcher of lemonade add 1 cup of slightly mashed blackbarries. You can smash these by hand or with a spoon, but the more you smash them the more the color will infuse in your lemonade-pretty!

Grapefruit Lemonade

To a large pitcher of lemonade add in 2 cups of grapefruit juice and fresh slices of grapefruit. Give this one a taste when your done-as you may want to add more sugar if you feel it’s too tart.

Cucumber Mint Limeade

To a large pitcher of limeade (or lemonade) add one cucumber, thinly sliced, and a handful of chopped mint leaves. This one is similar to the Strawberry Basil lemonade in that the mint flavor will become stronger the longer this beverage sets.

Serve in a tall glass with a straw, and keep an iced tea spoon (a spoon with a really long handle) on hand for getting every last bit of delicious fruit from the bottom of your glass.

Images and recipes from here.