Summer is in full swing, and here in Birmingham, that means high humidity and evenhigher temperatures. Naturally, I find myself to be thirstier than usual, butsome days I’m just tired of plain water.
After doing a little research on MyRecipes and asking my coworkersfor their favorite hydrating beverages, I decided to try a few for myself. Ibought a watermelon last week for the Fourth of July, so you can imagine that Ihad a lot left over, and I used that to inspire two of my beverages.
For the first two drinks, I added watermelon-peach cubes to iced teaand water. I blended about two cups of watermelon with two medium peaches,poured the puree through a sieve and then into one of my ice cube trays. I letthe puree freeze for a day before adding some of the cubes to fresh iced teaand ice water. I liked the tea better because the flavor was richer, but I maytry the cubes again in some sparkling water. I also would separate the fruitsinto different cubes, or add more peach because the watermelon nearlyoverpowered it.
The third beverage I tried was a variation on lemonade. I dove backinto my watermelon and peaches and added some slices to a glass of lemonade. Ilet it sit in the fridge for over an hour to let the fruit soak up the lemonadeand their flavors infuse into the ‘ade. I have to say, for such a simplerecipe, this drink had a lot of flavor! The fruit flavors had infused enough tobalance the lemon, and I have to admit that I slurped it down in record time.
I got the recipe for the fourth drink from a friend. At her Fourth ofJuly party, she’d made up a pitcher of cucumber water. She slices half a cukeand adds them to the water along with a handful of ice cubes. It doesn’t takelong for the cukes to infuse the water with their flavor; I tried this in justa glass of ice water and after ten minutes the water was cold and tasteddistinctly of cucumber. I drank this almost as fast as the lemonade!
I loved the drinks I tried, but I want to hear from y’all – whatrefreshing drinks do you like in the summer, or any time of the year?