If you like me, you aren’t exactly in love with seltzer, but have acquired the taste. I only recently started drinking it to be honest. Here are few great picks that have kept me interested and actually work! I promise!
Fresh Fruit Coolers
- 1/2 cup of ice
- 3/4 cup of sugar-free sparkling water
- 1/3 cup of melon or berries
- Chopped mint leaves or citrus slices (optional)
Place ice, sparkling water, and fruit in a blender. Blend until slushy, pour into a glass and garnish with mint or citrus slices. Serves 1.
Okay the next one, I will admit I tried because I like the color. It tastes great too.
- 1 cup blueberries, for ice cubes
- 2 cups vodka
- 3/4 cup blueberry lavender simple syrup* recipe below
- 4 ounces lime juice
- Soda water
- Fresh lavender for garnish
Divide the cup of blueberries between two ice cube trays and fill with water. Freeze completely. OR spread them evenly on a sheet tray and freeze until solid.
In a glass pitcher combine the vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, and club soda. Add ice cubes. Add remaining ice cubes to glasses. Pour the mixture over top and serve with a sprig of lavender. It makes a 32 ounce pitcher.
The Blueberry Rum Smash
- Fresh (or frozen) blueberries
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 2 ounces rum
- Ginger ale
Cover the bottom of an old-fashioned glass or mason jar with blueberries. (If you’re using a smaller glass, make a double layer.) Add the brown sugar and lemon juice and muddle (or smoosh with the back of a spoon) until the sugar is melted. The idea is to break the skins of the blueberries, but not to mash them into a pulp. Fill the glass with crushed ice and then add the rum. Top with ginger ale and stir.
Oh and for you non alcohol drinkers here is one:
- 8 cups water
- 3 orange pekoe tea bags
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
Boil water place tea in pot to boil. Allow to steep after boiling has ended. Wait until contents cool pour over ice in glass pitcher.