Drinks That Spice Summer Up

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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)

Directions:
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.

blueberryBlueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer

  • 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

Directions:

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

Directions:

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:

pixabaySummer Tea Surprise

  • 8 cups water
  • 3 orange pekoe tea bags
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Directions:

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.