Photo: Romulo Yanes
We’ve officially entered the dog days of summer. Temperatures may be climbing higher, but there are plenty of tasty ways to keep cool. With frosty favorites like ice cream, lemonade, granitas, snow cones, sorbet, iced tea, smoothies, beer, and popsicles, there’s no shortage of cold concoctions to help you chill out on a hot day.
What’s your favorite thing to eat or drink to cool down?
It seems everyone is some variation of ill around here, and as much as I swear by a nice hot toddy to make you tipsy enough to forget your sore throat, if you’re actually fevered, it’s probably best to abstain from alcohol (though I seldom take my own advice). If you’re among us sicklings, then the idea of consuming liquor makes your stomach turn.
For those of us who still have birthday dinners we have to attend, even though we desperately want to be on the couch, catching up on Oscar contenders (okay, the “Kardashians”), and non-negotiable out-of-town guests to entertain, I give you a roundup of my three favorite Vitamin C laden mocktails. They’ll put you in the festive spirit, even if you’re snotty.
Now that the sun is out in full force, its time to cool down with a few cocktails and kid-friendly mocktails that will quench your thirst while satisfying that summertime sweet tooth. This week’s roundup takes a look at a few summer chillers that will help you unwind – and hydrate – at the end of a long, hot day.
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- Big Girls Small Kitchen’s Derby Day Punch with lemon juice, chamomile tea, mint, and bourbon provides a fresh, summer spin on your everyday Arnold Palmer (pictured above).
- What better way to make use of all the ripe, summertime produce then to try your hand at Taylor Takes a Taste’s Black Berry and Blood Orange Sangria.
- Keep the kids satisfied with Salt and Spatula’s non-alcoholic, White Peach and Ginger Milkshake.
- Fresh squeezed lemonade and summertime go together like salt and pepper. Dianasaur Dish creates this iconic summertime beverage with a floral twist through her recipe for Lavender Lemonade.
- The Amateur Gourmet’s Raw Rhubarb Daiquiri, with homemade rhubarb juice, provides the perfect balance between sweet and savory.
- While soda is a year-round staple, Food52′s Italian Soda is a harbinger of summer with orange, cucumber, and lemon thyme.