5 Refreshing Spring & Summer Drinks

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


I've started adding fresh fruits and herbs from our garden to my water to encourage myself to keep drinking as much as possible during these last weeks (Lord willing she stays in there atleast three more weeks until full term!!) of pregnancy. We're getting so close and are so excited to meet our baby girl! I also rounded up some of my favorite seasonal drinks for you, some with alcohol, some not:


1. Lemon, Mint & Watermelon Infused Water: Add one lemon worth of slices, a handful of fresh mint and/or basil and cubed watermelon to a large jar of water. Stir and refrigerate until ready to drink!


22 oz pure coconut water {look for one without added sugar}
25 oz lemon sparkling water {1 bottle}
2 C pureed fresh watermelon
2 C cubed fresh watermelon
2 24 oz cans of ginger ale
handful of fresh mint for garnish

Stir all of the ingredients in a large pitcher and refrigerate until ready to drink. Add the mint for garnish on top. Serve in fun margarita glasses or mason jars. 


2 bottles Rosé, chilled
1 bottle sparkling apple cider, chilled
3 very ripe yellow peaches
3 very ripe yellow nectarines
3 very ripe pluots or plums
sprigs of fresh rosemary for garnish, optional

For optimal flavor, choose fruit that is ripe to the point of almost spoiling. It should be soft enough around the stem that when you lightly push your finger into the fruit, it leaves an indentation. Local farmer's markets usually have the best selection!

Blend or juice one of each of the three kinds of fruit until all of the fruit and skin has dissolved. Set aside. Slice the remaining fruit. In a large pitcher, stir to combine the fruit juice/purée with the rosé and sparkling cider. Add in the fruit slices and top with rosemary for a pretty garnish. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 


1 C frozen blueberries and peaches
3.5 oz/100g frozen acai
1-2 big handfuls of fresh spinach or kale
1 C greek yogurt, optional
1 banana, optional
OJ

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and continue adding OJ until it is as smooth a consistency as you would you like. Frozen strawberries and mango are also delicious in this!



5. Island Mimosa 
Replace the OJ in a traditional mimosa with equal parts guava juice and pineapple juice. Pour in the bubbly, squeeze in some fresh lemon juice and enjoy!


8 comments:

  1. Amanda Marshall does it again ;) Watermelon drinks are some of my favorites so I can't wait to try that first one you've added. I say again -- when will you write us a cookbook? Croatia project perhaps :)

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    1. Haha, actually, that is my dream to incorporate Croatia into it :) Its going to be a big project but yes, you read my mind, it's a passionate plan of mine!

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    2. Can't wait to see it come together! :)

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  2. flaaawless, all of it! i need some infused water in my life!

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    1. Especially for that sweet growing baby boy!!

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  3. Thanks for sharing Amanda. Perfect summer drinks!

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  4. Oh my goodness this is absolutely wonderful!! I am going to try the Acai Berry Smoothie this morning!! Thank you so much for sharing!! :) Have I said recently how much I LOVE your posts?!? As I mentioned on IG I am getting caught up on all of them right now and it is like sitting down to read a wonderful book friend. Absolutely delightful.
    Blessings,
    Rebecca :)

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