A classy drink dispenser and recipes to go with it… Beat the heat!

On a hot sunny day what can be any more refreshing than a something nice and cold to drink? These dispensers are from Pottery Barn. I love how they have them displayed… makes you want to reach right out and pour a glass!

Do you need something different to drink? Are you in a rut with water or tea? Here are a few suggestions…

SPA WATER – think it still sounds like “just water”? Think again! If you fill a pitcher with cold water, ice, and then add some sliced cucumbers and a few sprigs of mint, give it a stir, you won’t believe how refreshing that plain water becomes! It makes you drink more water because it just tastes so good… If I’m going to throw cucumber with the skin in a pitcher of water I buy organic, you don’t need to be drinking pesticides. Or you can peel the cucumber first, it’s not as pretty, but the taste is the same. I use an old Brita pitcher and it works great!

CITRUS WATER – add slices of whatever citrus you’ve got. Oranges, lemons, limes, they all make plain water taste amazing! It’s a nice subtle flavor that is just so refreshing. Once again… organic if you can…

ANYTHING GOES WATER – a mixture of lime, strawberry and mint, or any other concoction you can come up with… let me know if you find an especially good one!

I mentioned how to make good ole iced tea in a previous post (click HERE), it’s easy and black tea is so good for you! I just read in HEALTH Magazine  “lemon juice may increase your absorption of the antioxidants in tea fivefold (suggest a Purdue University study). You can also make iced tea with green tea, peppermint tea… the list goes on and on!

And of course… there’s nothing like ice cold fresh LEMONADE on a hot summer day… Ever wonder how to make lemonade? Well what you make is so much better, give it a whirl some time, perfect for a family get together or a cold drink to surprise the kiddies with! No chemicals or yellow dyes added!

PAULA DEEN’S LEMONADE RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish

Directions

In a 1 gallon container, place sugar and hot water, and stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and cold water to render 1 gallon. Stir until well mixed. Pour lemonade over glasses of ice, squeeze slice of lemon on top of each, and garnish with a sprig of mint.

You can also make a healthier version of lemonade by squeezing lemon into a glass, add water and a squirt of honey, stir then add ice!

Quench that thirst, stay cool and beat the heat! Catch you back here tomorrow!

All images from PotteryBarn.com

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