Summer Sippin’ in the Sunshine


The perfectionist in me is also a huge procrastinator, so I’ve been waiting for “enough time” to post my last few rounds of recipes…Apparently I just need some accountability, which usually at work takes the form of deadlines. But for fun stuff, apparently all I need is to post it on my Facebook and get people asking for it!

So here goes… all are themed for some summer lovin’. And, as per usual the Justine-key-criteria, all are super duper easy, ready to be served in a pinch with spontaneous visitors, provided you have the ingredients on hand! 🙂

Hot Chocolate from Thomas Haas: Okay so this one is not really a summer drink, and it’s not homemade so I don’t have the recipe, but it does go with the theme of drinks. I can’t help but plug how amaaazing the hot chocolate was. And what an inspiring place to have a creative work meeting… Leah and I felt like we had a little vacation during the time we were there.
LYCHEE-PEACH SMOOTHIE
Ingredients:
  • 1 can of peaches
  • 1 can of lychees
Directions: Blend both cans of fruit including all the juices. Pour and enjoy.
Notes: Lychees are extremely versatile and go well with other fruits. Lychee blueberry is another one of my favourite combos, which makes an excellent pie.
There are multiple routes to achieve the frosty refreshing cold effect:
  • Add some ice before blending. (This option dilutes the flavour a bit with the added water. The below two options preserve the concentration of the fruit.)
  • Refrigerate the cans of fruit before blending.
  • Freeze the fruit (or purchase already frozen fruit) without the juices. Then blend the frozen fruit pieces with the liquid unfrozen juices.
BLUEBERRY TEA SMOOTHIE
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup of iced tea
  • sweetener, to taste
Directions: Blend and enjoy.
Notes: You can experiment with different kinds of frozen fruit. And the possibilities are endless for the kinds of tea you could use… rooibos, green tea, black tea, fruit tea, oh my! Home made iced tea is the best in my opinion though.
CREAMY TOFFEE SHAKE
Ingredients:
  • 3 tbsp of Caffe d’Amore Vanilla Smoothie Mix
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of Skor bits
Directions: Blend and enjoy.

Notes:
  • Try this also with Oreo cookies… yum-a-lum! Or I suppose any crunchy candy like Smarties or Reese Pieces would be a good bet too!
  • You can buy the amazing Caffe d’Amore mix at Superstore which works magic in turning any liquid drink into a happenin’ shake or smoothie. They also have a coffee frappe version if that’s more your fancy.
  • You can substitute cow’s milk with almond or soy milk, though the drink mix powder does have dairy in it.

PURE WATERMELON SLURPEE (sorry no photo!)

Ingredients: 1 watermelon
Directions:
  1. Cut the watermelon into cubes about the size of an ice cube tray (2 inch cubes).
  2. Refrigerate half of the cubes.
  3. Put the remaining half of the cubes on a flat sheet separated slightly and place in the freezer, so that the cubes do not freeze in one giant mass which makes for easier blending.
  4. Once the cubes are frozen, place equal parts of frozen and refrigerated cubes and blend until smooth.
Notes:
The trick with this (or any other icy fruit blended drink) is not to add too much (if any) additional liquid/water, as it can dilute the flavour of the already subtle watermelon. The melon has enough liquid in it already, so you only need to take advantage of its natural juice by freezing it.
Enjoy!!!
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