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11 Refreshing Summer Drinks to Beat the Heat

Choose from this collection of refreshing drink recipes for you to try this summer season.

Exercise & Fitness By Ariba Khaliq / Apr 16, 2014

Refresh and Freeze Your Summers

Life turns downrightly steaming when warmer temperatures hit the horizon. Beat the heat with our 12 cool summer drink recipes. These nonalcoholic fruit drinks are a creative twists on some classic and all-time favourite chillers. Choose from this collection of refreshing drink recipes for you to try this season. We say, try them all! Image Courtesy: Getty Images


Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

Blend 1 cup apple juice or cider, 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/2 cups frozen pitted cherries together to for an all-time favourite swwwt-tart smoothie. Double the recipe and freeze the leftovers in paper cups. Your kids can have the first round for breakfast, the second for a wholesome dessert. Image Courtesy- FamilyFun Magazine


Pineapple Horchata

In a blender, combine rice, cinnamon sticks and star anise with 4 cups water. Pulse to blend. Transfer to a large bowl and add another 4 cups water. Soak at room temperature for 4 hours. Return mix to blender and blend until smooth. Run throught a fine sieve into a pitcher. Add pineapple juice, stir to combine. Add sugar and chill.  Serve over ice with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon. Image Courtesy- FamilyFun Magazine


Frozen Slushie

Seal the canned fruit packed in heavy peach or pineapple syrup in a zip-lock bag and place the bag in the freezer. When the kids are hot and thirsty, submerge the bag in a bowl of hot tap water until the fruit is slightly thawed (about a minute). Pour the syrup into a food processor and slide the frozen fruit onto a cutting board. Chop the fruit into small chunks and put them in the food processor. Blend the fruit and syrup until smooth, from 30 seconds to 2 1/2 minutes, depending on the type of fruit. Serve immediately. Makes 4 half-cup servings. Image Courtesy- FamilyFun Magazine


Limeberry Crush

In a blender, combine strawberries, crushed ice, confectioners' sugar, and lime juice. Blend the mixture until smooth, then serve immediately. Whip up this simple dairy-free smoothie for a refreshing summer drink. Fruit and crushed iced make this thirst-quenching treat satisfying on any warm day. Image Courtesy- FamilyFun Magazine


Peanut Butter Blast

For each shake, mix the milk, peanut butter, and maple syrup or honey in a blender for several seconds, until smooth. Add the ice cream and pulse until just combined. This milk shake is a refreshing treat, but it also offers protein, calcium, B vitamins, potassium, and a subtle dose of peanut butter flavor. Image Courtesy- FamilyFun Magazine


Perfect Fruit Punch

Mix the juices (cranberry, pineapple, and orange) and grenadine syrup in a large pitcher. Chill for at least an hour to allow the flavors to blend. Right before serving, add the lemon and lime slices and the club soda, then pour over ice.  Image Courtesy- FamilyFun Magazine


Pineapple Crush Smoothie

Blend together 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup pineapple juice, 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks, 1/2 frozen very ripe medium banana. This smoothie has it all -- fresh, tropical, and an excellent source of vitamin C. Image Courtesy- FamilyFun Magazine


Purple Mango Smoothie

Mango, one of the world's most popular fruits (and a vitamin C powerhouse), is finally getting its due stateside and makes a great smoothie. Some grocery stores now sell it chopped and frozen, so you don't have to wrestle with cutting it fresh. Blend 1 cup pineapple juice, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1 cup frozen blueberries, and 1 cup cubed frozen mango together and serve. Image Courtesy- FamilyFun Magazine


Lemon Juice Juleps

Combine water, lemon juice, sugar, and mint sprigs in a medium glass bowl. Let the mixture set for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid into a serving pitcher and pour in the ginger ale. Serve over ice in tall glasses. Fresh-squeezed lemon juice and a hint of mint make this soft drink recipe a guaranteed winner. Image Courtesy- FamilyFun Magazine


Banana Smoothie

A frozen banana is the backbone of a good smoothie.Combine 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup nonfat yogurt, 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, and 1/4 cup washed blueberries in a blender and blend until smooth. Image Courtesy- FamilyFun Magazine


Shake with a Twist

Cool off the summer heat with a tall, frosty treat that takes the traditional chocolate shake to tasty new heights. Combine 1/2 cup milk, 2 scoops chocolate ice cream, 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup, and 1/8 teaspoon peppermint or orange extract in a  blender and mix on high for about 8 seconds or until the ingredients are evenly combined, then pour into a tall glass. Image Courtesy- FamilyFun Magazine


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