Refreshing Summertime Sips!

By Janessa Running

When the sun comes out, summer gatherings are soon to follow. Whether hosting a party or attending a BBQ in the park, these refreshing drink ideas will help make your get-together that much more tasty!
 

June Bug

Servings: 4
Time: 5 min

Ingredients

3 cups ginger ale

4 tablespoons grenadine

4 tablespoons orange juice

3 scoops orange sherbet

Directions

  1. Blend together ginger ale, grenadine, orange juice, and sherbet. Pour into ice-filled cocktail glasses. (To make a version with alcohol, add white rum.)

Nutrition Facts

 (June Bug)

  • Per serving: 
  • 163 kcal cal., 
  • 1 g fat
  • (0 g sat. fat, 
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 
  • 0g monounsatured fat), 
  • 0 mg chol., 
  • 31 mg sodium, 
  • 40 g carb., 
  • 0 g fiber,
  • 33 g sugar, 
  • 0 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

    Recipe from Better Homes & Garden

 

Minted Ice Tea

Makes: 16 servings
Serving Size: 8 ounce
Yields: 128 to 144 ounces
Prep: 20 mins
Chill: 4 hrs to 48 hrs
Cook: 15 mins

Ingredients

7 cups water
2 cups sugar
8 tea bags orange pekoe tea
8 sprigs fresh mint
8 cups cold water
2 cups orange juice
3/4 cup lemon juice
Ice cubes
Fresh mint sprigs (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan combine the 7 cups water and 2 cups sugar. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags and 8 mint sprigs; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove tea bags and mint sprigs; discard.
  2. Transfer tea to a heatproof 1-1 /2- to 2-gallon bowl or container. Add the 8 cups cold water, orange juice, and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to 2 days. Serve tea over ice and garnish with additional mint sprigs. Makes 16 to 18 8-ounce servings.

Test Kitchen Tip:

You can halve this recipe if you want fewer servings.

Nutrition Facts

 (Minted Iced Tea)

  • Per serving: 
  • 110 kcal cal., 
  • 0 g fat
  • (0 g sat. fat, 
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 
  • 0g monounsatured fat), 
  • 0 mg chol., 
  • 3 mg sodium, 
  • 28 g carb., 
  • 0 g fiber, 
  • 24g sugar, 
  • 0 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

    Recipe from Better Homes & Gardens

 

Blackberry-Bourbon Lemonade

Makes: 1 serving
Serving Size: 2/3 cup
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins to 25 mins
Cool: 20 mins

Ingredients

1/4 cup bourbon (2 oz.)
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice (3/4 oz.)
2 teaspoons Blackberry-Rosemary Syrup
1/3 cup sparkling lemonade, chilled
Fresh blackberries (optional)

Directions

  1. In a cocktail shaker combine bourbon, lemon juice, Blackberry-Rosemary Syrup, and ice; shake until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with sparkling lemonade. Garnish with 2 or 3 blackberries, if desired.

From the Test Kitchen

You can also combine bourbon, lemon juice, and sparkling lemonade in an ice filled glass and stir gently. Pour Blackberry-Rosemary Syrup so the dramatic color swirls down into the glass.

Big Batch:

In a punch bowl combine 3 cups of the bourbon, 2/3 cup lemon juice, and one recipe of the Blackberry-Rosemary Syrup. Add 4 cups chilled sparkling lemonade. Garnish with frozen blackberries, if desired. Makes about 12 servings, each 5 oz.

Blackberry-Rosemary Syrup

Ingredients

12 ounces fresh blackberries (about 2 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh rosemary
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan combine blackberries, rosemary, water and sugar. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes or until the blackberries are breaking down and the liquid is syrupy and reduced by about half, mashing blackberries during the last part of cooking time with wooden spoon. Remove from heat; cool. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a clean jar, pressing the fruit to extract as much of the liquid as you can (you should have about 2/3 cup). Store in refrigerator up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

 (Blackberry-Bourbon Lemonade)

  • Per serving: 
  • 211 kcal cal., 
  • 0 g fat
  • (0 g sat. fat, 
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 
  • 0g monounsatured fat), 
  • 0 mg chol., 
  • 16 mg sodium, 
  • 17 g carb., 
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 14 g sugar, 
  • 0 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

    Recipe from Better Homes & Gardens