We’ll get right to the heart of the matter: It’s hot and we’re thirsty.
Here are three drink recipes that have good, fruity flavor, nutrition and not too much added sugar. When it comes to summer drinks, lemons and limes are a given, but also try watermelon, strawberries, mangoes and more.
Icy Cantaloupe and Strawberry Smoothie: It’s not just a good cooler, but a way to get a couple of your fruit servings in one fresh, naturally sweet drink.
Peel and dice half a seeded, small cantaloupe into a blender with 8-9 large, ripe strawberries, hulled and cut in half. Blend (pulsing) until the mixture is liquid. Add 8-10 ice cubes and blend until smooth. Pour into a large glass (a little will be left over) and garnish with a half a strawberry. If you want it sweeter, add a little sugar, but we like the natural taste. (From SavorSA.)
Watermelon Lemonade: Watermelon is one of the trendiest foods this year, appearing in salads, drinks, cocktails and even grilled. But we like its light, pleasant flavor blended with tart lemons for a different twist on pink lemonade.
Place 8 cups cubed, seedless (or seeded) watermelon in a blender and blend until smooth (Do in batches if you need to). Put 2 (12-ounce) cans of frozen lemonade concentrate in a pitcher or large punch bowl with 4 cups water. Pour in blended watermelon and mix ingredients together. (From Food.com.)
Mango Lassi: Some Indian cuisine is fiery hot —and this drink was no doubt devised to cool down the spice. It’s often sold in Indian restaurants, but you can also make your own version of this creamy drink easily.
In a blender mix 1 1/4 cups plain yogurt, the flesh of one large mango, peeled, cut from the pit and diced, 10 ice cubes and 1 tablespoon sugar (superfine is good, but regular will work). Blend the ingredients together until smooth, then taste for sweetness and add sugar, or other sweetener, if desired. Serve in tall, chilled glasses. (From “The Great Mango Book” by Alan Susser.)
Photographs by Bonnie Walker