Enjoy some summery drinks!

Looking for a way to cool yourself down? Try using fresh fruit in your drinks and cook down fast. Here are a couple of my favourites to enjoy this summer:

Earl Grey Peach Refresher

Party punches are perfect for summer entertaining and this one has a touch of carbonation for an added bubbly feel. Look for fresh ripe peaches for the best flavour in your local markets and stores. With the fresh flavour of lemon juice added it is reminiscent of peachy ice tea lemonade.

2 cups water
2 tbsp Early Grey loose tea leaves
1 1/2 cups sliced peeled ripe peaches
1/3 cup liquid honey
1 tbsp grated lemon rind
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 bottle (750 mL) carbonated natural mineral water

In saucepan or kettle bring water to boil. Add tea leaves and let steep for 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Strain tea into blender and discard tea leaves. Add peach slices and honey. Blend until smooth. Add lemon rind and juice. Cover and refrigerate until cold.

Pour peach mixture into pitcher and add mineral water. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Tip: To peel peaches easily, simply place in saucepan of boiling water for about 20 seconds and then plunge in cold water. The peach skin should just peel away with your fingers.

Adult Taste: Looking to add a bit of zip to this refreshing drink? Add your favourite spirit like spiced rum, peach schnapps or goldschlager.

Watermelon Green Tea Slush

Refreshing watermelon bursts with flavour and juiciness and freezes to create a yummy drink or easy dessert! The versatility of this recipe is endless-buzz it up in a blender with some tequila and you have the perfect watermelon margarita. Or scrape it up to make a granita to serve with a small dollop of whipped cream for a light cool summer dessert.

1 cup water
2 tbsp Green Tea Raspberry loose tea leaves
4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 bottle (750 mL) lemon sparkling water fruit beverage
Fresh mint

In small saucepan or kettle bring water to boil, add tea leaves and let steep for 5 minutes. Strain into bowl or cup, let cool slightly.

Place watermelon and sugar into blender; blend until smooth. Add tea and blend to combine. Pour into shallow baking pan and freeze for about 8 hours or until frozen.

Scoop frozen mixture into tall glasses and top with lemon water and garnish with mint.

Makes 8 servings.

Tip: Once frozen, cover and freeze for up to 2 weeks. If watermelon mixture is too hard to scoop, simply break it into chunks and place in food processor and puree until smooth.


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