Summer Coolers

 

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Ice water is refreshing, but sometimes you just want a little flavor in your glass.

Don’t these look refreshing?  And they are so simple.  You can make each of these in a pitcher, or your glass, or even in a quart canning jar.

Herbaceous Cooler – Muddle a few sprigs of mint and cilantro and a couple of basil leaves in the bottom of a glass with a squeeze of lemon juice. Add a handful of ice and top off with soda water for a refreshing herbal treat.

Cucumber Mint Water –  To make a single serving, put a few slices of cucumber and a mint sprig into your glass, add a handful of ice, top off with water, stir, and sip!

Citrus Soda – Over a handful of ice, combine 1 part orange or tangerine juice, 1 part grapefruit juice, and 1 part soda water. Mix and serve.

Citrus Berry – Combine orange slice, a handful of blueberries, and a handful of ice.  Top off with water, stir, and enjoy.

Lemon Berry – Combine lemon slices, a handful of raspberries, a handful of ice, and top off with water (or lemon water).

Coconut Water – You can drink your coconut water chilled on its own or add a squeeze of lime to brighten it up. It’s also great for adding a tropical twist to your morning smoothie!

Iced Ginger Tea with Lemon – Boil 4 cups of water and pour over large bowl with 4 bags of ginger tea. Steep for 15-20 minutes, then remove the bags and transfer to a pitcher. Pour the tea into glasses full of ice and add a squeeze of lemon.

Iced Orange Chamomile Tea – Bring 3 1/2 cups of water to a boil, then turn off the burner and submerge 4  bags of chamomile tea. Steep for 5-7 minutes, then transfer to a pitcher and  let it cool completely. Add 1/2 cup of orange juice to the pitcher and pour it into glasses full of ice to serve.

 

 

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