Summer is Here: Cool Drinks for Hot Days

As temperatures rise, our bodies crave light and healthy drinks. Here are some delicious options to serve at your next brunch, lunch or dinner party or just when you need a cool treat.

 

Drinks to cool down in the summer with pomegranate-basil tonic

 

POMEGRANATE-BASIL TONIC

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 100ml water
  • 70ml pomegranate molasses (or syrup)
  • 4 star anise
  • 800ml tonic water
  • Handful fresh basil leaves

 

Bring the water, pomegranate molasses and star anise to a boil in a small saucepan and turn off the heat. Let the ingredients infuse for 10 minutes. Divide the pomegranate mixture among 4 glasses, add a few basil leaves and fill the glasses with ice. Top each glass with 200ml tonic. Stir well before serving.

 

3 Drinks for refreshment in the summer with cucumber, blue berres and mango

 

MANGO COOLER WITH ROSEWATER AND LIME

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 250g mango flesh, fresh or frozen
  • 21⁄2 tbsp sugar
  • 50ml water
  • 11⁄2 tsp rosewater
  • 2 limes
  • 4 mint sprigs, leaves picked
  • 600ml sparkling water
  • Crushed ice

 

Place the mango, sugar and water in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes. Using a hand blender, puree until smooth. Stir in the rosewater and allow to cool. Divide the mango mixture among 4 glasses. Add the juice of half a lime to each glass and add some mint leaves and crushed ice. Top each glass with 150 ml of sparkling water. Stir gently before serving.

 

BLUEBERRY-GINGER TONIC

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 250ml blueberry juice
  • 3 tsp peeled and grated fresh ginger
  • 250ml tonic water
  • 400ml sparkling water
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Handful of blueberries

 

Mix the blueberry juice and ginger in a measuring cup and infuse for 5 minutes. Strain the blueberry mixture into a large jug. Add the lemon peel, crushed ice, tonic, sparkling water and a few blueberries. Stir well before pouring into glasses.

 

GINGER ALE SOUR WITH CUCUMBER AND LIME LEAVES

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 lime
  • 4 lime leaves, frozen
  • 4 slices cucumber
  • 300ml quality ginger ale
  • Ice cubes

 

Take 2 glasses and squeeze half a lime into each glass. Add the squeezed lime, lime leaves and cucumber to each glass, pressing firmly with a spoon to release the flavours. Fill the glasses with ice cubes and add the ginger ale. Stir well before serving.

 

Drinks in summer to cool down with lemonade, passion fruit and orange

 

LEMONADE WITH PASSION FRUIT AND ORANGE BLOSSOM

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 passion fruits
  • Juice and grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 4 mint sprigs
  • 800ml sparkling lemon soda
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • Ice cubes

 

Scoop the flesh from the passionfruit into a large jug. Add the lemon zest, juice, mint, lemon soda and orange blossom water and fill the jug with ice cubes. Stir well and pour into glasses to serve.

 

Tip: Want to make beautiful floral ice cubes? Just add some edible flowers to ice cube molds. Gently fill with water and place them in the freezer until ready to use.