Quite possibly the best thing about summertime is the outdoor relaxation that comes with it. And what is relaxing outdoors, without a cold drink or treat in hand? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite summertime recipes to share…hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Southern Sweet Tea
6 tea bags
2 cups of sugar
1 gallon of water
¼ teaspoon of baking soda (this helps cut any bitterness)
1) Boil half of your water, and once boiling, add it to a glass pitcher with the tea bags and the baking soda.
2) Let steep for 15 minutes. After time is up, remove the tea bags, add the sugar, and then stir until it’s dissolved.
3) Add the rest of the water (cold), to the pitcher, and stir again.
4) Put it in the fridge for several hours before serving.
Source: Recipe from the countrycook.net
Frozen Blueberry Bites
1 cup fresh blueberries
½ cup light vanilla yogurt
1) Put a berry on a toothpick and dip in yogurt, then place on a parchment or wax paper lined cookies sheet.
2) Repeat until all the blueberries are done.
3) Freeze for about an hour.
4) Eat immediately or store in an airtight container in the freezer.
Source: Recipe from liveatlearn.com
Blueberry Yogurt Swirl Popsicles
2 cups of blueberries
2 tablespoons of honey
2 cups of vanilla Greek yogurt
A popsicle mold
1) Blend the blueberries in a food processor or blender until they reach a smooth consistency.
2) Pour the mixture into a large bowl, stir in the honey, then stir in the yogurt (mix it gently if you want your popsicles to be marbled looking). Taste the mixture; if you don’t think it’s sweet enough, you can add more honey.
3) Put the mixture into the popsicle molds. Add the sticks if you have them (the ones that come with the molds), if not, put it in the freezer for two hours, then put a wooden stick in each. Freeze for 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
4) You can easily remove them from the molds by running them under warm water.
*This recipe can be adapted to use any kind of fruit…you can adjust the amount of honey depending on the sweetness of the fruit you use.
Source: Recipe from sallysbakingaddiction.com
Cherry Limeade Slush
½ cup frozen lime concentrate
¾ cup maraschino cherries (no stems) and juice
1 cup of lemon lime soda
1 lime, juiced
2/3 cups of ice
Extra cherries and lime wedges for garnish
1) Add the ingredients to a blender and process until they are combined and smooth.
2) Garnish and drink!
Source: Recipe from thefarmgirlgabs.com
Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
1/3 cup of sugar
Six to eight strawberries
1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 4 to 6 lemons)
½ cup water
1) To make the simple syrup, bowl 1/3 cup of water, and once boiling, add sugar and stir until it’s dissolved. Take it off the heat, and let it cool completely.
2) Cut up the strawberry into small pieces and divide the pieces into the mold.
Source: Recipe from sweetandsavorybyshinee.com
Frosted & Frozen Lemonade
1 can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 cup milk
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
2 to 3 cups of crushed ice
Grated lemon zest
1) In a blender, mix lemonade concentrate, milk and ice.
2) Add in sweetened condensed milk (keep tasting and adding until it reaches a taste that you enjoy)
3) Pour into glasses, garnish and serve!
Source: Recipe from attagirlsays.com