Do you find yourself longing for a cold drink thatâ€™s a little different from the rest? Do your children fancy something zingy and refreshing that they can make themselves? Are you fed up with the same old drinks-in-a-can that cost a small fortune? Then try these cooling summer chillers, made from ingredients that are available at any supermarket or even from your own garden.
Cool Cranberry and Lemon Fizz
4 ozs sugar
400mls cranberry juice, chilled
400mls supermarket own-brand lemonade, chilled
Half a pound of redcurrants
A handful of blackcurrants
Grated zest of two lemons, plus the juice
Swirls of lemon peel to decorate
Make a syrup by simmering the lemon zest, juice and sugar in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Put aside to cool.
Place a couple of handfuls of ice into a clear jug. Pour the cooled syrup over the ice, then add the cranberry juice followed by the lemonade, stirring as you pour.
Toss in the currants and the lemon peel swirls and serve.
Apple, Lemon and Lime Medley
400mls apple juice
Juice from four lemons
Juice from two limes
Fresh mint leaves to decorate
Lemon and lime wedges to decorate
Make a syrup by simmering the sugar and the zests and juices from the lemons and limes in a small saucepan over a low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Put aside to cool.
Place a couple of handfuls of ice into a clear jug.
Pour the cooled syrup over the ice, add the apple juice followed by the lemonade, stirring as you pour.
Float the washed mint leaves over the top and place a citrus wedge on the side of each glass before serving.
Strawberry Surprise Soda
4 scoops of strawberry flavoured ice cream
Fresh strawberries, sliced
Into each of four sundae glasses, place three or four chunks of ice followed by 100mls of lemonade.
Gently float a scoop of ice cream onto the lemonade.
Set each of the glasses on to a plate and place a few strawberry slices around the base of the glass. Serve with straws and dessert spoons.