Recipe Post: Summer Sodas and Fruity Lemonade
This month I am going to post sensational summer recipes that are kid-friendly and can be easily made at home or in the classroom. Today's post offers two naturally sweet but healthy beverage alternatives to the classic lemonade and sugary soft drinks.
This is a nice alternative to traditional lemonade and is healthier, as it includes fresh fruit juice and less processed sugar. A delicious treat for hot summer days!
You will need a juicer for this recipe. This recipe makes 2 quarts, or 8 cups of Fruity Lemonade.
- Fresh fruit: (I used fresh strawberries for this recipe; however you can use what you have. Watermelon and raspberries are two fruits that complement lemon well)
- Lemonade: (you can either make your own using lemons, water and sugar or you can use a mix you can buy at the store).
- Cold water
- 1. Put a scoop or two of ice into a 2 quart pitcher
- 2. Using your juicer, juice 1 and ½ cups of fresh fruit juice. Again, strawberries give the fruity lemonade a delicious flavor; however you can juice whatever fruit you have and would to pair with the lemonade. Pour your fresh fruit juice over the ice into the 2 quart pitcher.
- 3. Add in one half cup of cold water
- 4. Add in 1 quart of lemonade (see above for options)
- 5. Mix everything together and serve chilled.
- 6. *Pour into ice cube trays to make your own fruity lemonade popsicles!!
Fruity Summer Soda
I am not a soda drinker and I do not serve it to my children; however adding some bubbles to your summer menu can really perk things up especially if it's done naturally! An added bonus? This recipe uses frozen fruit which is cost effective, delicious and good for you too!
You will need a food processor for this recipe. This recipe makes 2 quarts, or 8 cups of Fruity Summer Soda.
- 4 cups of Thawed Frozen Fruit: (Choose 2 fruits. Here are some suggestions of delightful fruit pairings): Peaches and Strawberries, Raspberries or Mangos with Pineapple
- Club Soda
- 1. Put a scoop or two of ice into a 2 quart pitcher.
- 2. Let your frozen fruits thaw until about room temperature. Place them in a food processor and puree until a near liquid consistency.
- 3. Add in two tablespoons of sugar and mix gently
- 4. Pour in 4 cups of club soda.
- 5. Stir everything together and serve chilled.
Enjoy and Stay Cool!