Kitchen Adventures: Summer Drinks

Okay, it is seriously HOT outside. Much too hot to be cooking, actually. I just made pasta – big mistake. The kitchen feels like a sauna now. What are you going to do in this heat except laze around all day and sip ice cold diet coke?

I’ll tell you. Put the coke down and try one of these summery drinks instead. All of them are healthier than diet coke, and way more delicious! Here are my top three summer favourites:

1. Water with Lemon, Mint & Cucumber

I’ve seldom had anything more refreshing. It’s super easy to make, too, you just have to plan ahead a bit, because it needs to refrigerate overnight for best taste. Here’s what you need:

  • half a lemon (or more, depends on your tastes), sliced
  • about 10-12 fresh mint leaves
  • ca. 1/2 small cucumber, sliced

Put all those ingredients in a tea pot and add 1 l of water. Use cold water! Boiling water makes the flavours absorb faster, true, but it supposedly also kills all the vitamin goodness in the lemon. Then put the pot in the fridge and leave overnight. In the morning, you will have a deliciously cold, absolutely refreshing drink that is apparently also a detox-wonder. Enjoy!
(P.S.: If you’re watching your waistline, you’ll be pleased to know that this drink basically has no calories. Like diet coke, but so much better for you!)

lemon mint cucumber water

2. Banana-Coffee-Smoothie

This one is perfect if you’re a coffee junkie like me, yet in this heat you’re not really up for your standard Americano or Latte in the afternoon. Here is my adaptation of a recipe I found on Pinterest some time ago:

  • 1/2 cup cold coffee (just make a bit more in the morning and then save some in the fridge until the afternoon!)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use 1.5% fat because that’s what we usually have in the house, but full-fat or skim should work just as well)
  • 1 small-medium sized banana
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • if you’d like the smoothie a bit sweeter and the coffee-taste less intense: 1-2 teaspoons of honey (sugar also works)

Just blend everything together, and if the consistency isn’t quite right, vary the number of ice cubes and the amount of milk a bit – it will depend on your banana, too 😉

3. Sparkling Water with Elderflower Syrup

This one might be a little tough to come by depending on your location. Where I’m from, elderberry juice and elderflower syrup are traditionally home-made, so this drink is actually something my grandmother would have traditionally prepared during summer time. If you can find elderflower syrup, this recipe is absolutely foolproof. You need two ingredients exactly:

  • elderflower syrup (if you’d like to try your hand at making it, Jamie Oliver has a recipe for it!)
  • sparkling water

Mix about 1 part syrup and 5-6 parts water – personally, I like my drinks a bit less sweet so I just use about two tablespoons in a big glass of water, but that’s really up to you. Enjoy!

What’s your favourite summer drink? I’m always on the hunt for new recipes to try!

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