We’re in the middle of summer, and when the days get hot, sometimes it’s tempting to reach for a beer or cocktail.
Sips of Summer
We’re in the middle of summer, and when the days get hot, sometimes it’s tempting to reach for a beer or cocktail. Unfortunately, your wallet (or your job) doesn’t always allow this option. That’s where these homemade concoctions come in. The following recipes are seriously simple, and you can drink them any time of the day. And if you do get that booze craving, I’m sure they’d all taste wonderful with the addition of gin or vodka, too.
Each of these drinks is refreshing and extremely economical. Feel free to experiment with the ice cubes by adding fruit, juices, citrus zest, etc.
1 cup watermelon, chopped and seeded
1/2 cup cold water
3/4 cup mineral water, club soda or tonic
Blend watermelon and a little bit of cold water together for a few minutes until smooth. If you don’t like pulp, strain the mixture.
Next, add the mixture to a tall glass and add mineral water. Garnish with a mint sprig or a lime. If it needs sweetness, add some honey or agave nectar, but it most likely won’t need it. Serves one.
1/4 cup of herbs of your choice: mint and basil are a fine combination; cilantro works well also.
Either chop up herbs or tear them with your fingers and place one or two small pieces in each ice cube compartment. Fill with water like you would with regular ice.
When ice cubes are done, serve with mineral water and a lime if you have one. Serves 2–4 people.
1/4 cup sliced cucumber
Make the same way you would with the herb ice.
When finished, serve with herb ice, water (mineral or flat), and a sliced and seeded serrano pepper for some kick.