Cool Off With These Summer Chillers

Do you find yourself longing for a cold drink that’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

Serves four

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

Ice

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

Serves four

4ozs sugar

400mls apple juice

400mls lemonade

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

Serves four

400mls lemonade

4 scoops of strawberry flavoured ice cream

Fresh strawberries, sliced

Ice

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.

 

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