Summer Drinks So Refreshing You'll Never Miss Soda
These six delicious and easy spritzers, smoothies and fruity sippers are made with fresh ingredients and not much else.
By Lynn Andriani
A Lemonade That's Naturally Pink
Next time you're stuck with a huge seedless watermelon you know you'll never be able to finish, try this twist on lemonade. You puree the fruit in a food processor; strain out the pulp; and add lemon zest, water and a flavor boost made from honey and lemon juice. It's not as tart as traditional lemonade but just as refreshing (with nary a drop of red food dye).
This sweet drink reminds us of the mango lassi of Indian cuisine, but here, soy milk takes the place of milk and yogurt. The recipe also includes bananas, which add heft, and a good amount of lime juice (its tartness is a nice counterbalance to the sugary fruit).
Invigorating, spicy and citrusy, these spritzers would be fantastic additions to a brunch spread—or even versatile enough to pair with sushi or fish dishes. Save any leftover grapefruit-ginger syrup to use as a sweetener on fruit salad.
Making a fruit-infused syrup is easier than it sounds—in this drink recipe, you just heat up raspberries, a few sprigs of thyme, water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Then, mix a few spoonfuls with sparkling water for a grown-up soda that's far less sweet than store-bought sugar bombs.
We're often stumped by what to do with cantaloupe or honeydew (aside from eating either with other fruit or prosciutto). Turns out tossing a few chilled chunks into a blender with a banana, a half-cup of vanilla yogurt and a dash of vanilla extract is a tasty use for these summer melons: it makes a smooth and creamy—but not too heavy—breakfast or dessert.
The Lemonade You Eat with a Spoon (Or a Very Thick Straw)
This frothy concoction is a cross between a strawberry lemonade and a milkshake, with lemon ice cream and plain yogurt adding a delicious tang. One batch serves four, making this a perfect dessert for a small, warm-weather lunch or dinner gathering.