The Best Fruit Drinks This Summer

As summer seems to be knocking at our doors and the temperature is rising, what better way to keep refreshed and cool than with a tall glass of something fruity? Below are some creative and different ideas to make great drinks and even get some of your five a day.

Summer berries are the perfect way to create a refreshing and tasty drink, and as they’ll be in season, it will taste even more delicious. Why not try a raspberry cordial? A twist on a classic cordial, this juicy beverage just requires you to heat some raspberries, sugar and vinegar until it turns into syrup and then sieve this mixture until vaguely smooth. Add water and boil for a moment, and wait to cool, then enjoy for up to three months, as long as you keep the liquid in sterilised containers. You can even enjoy this with some sparkling wine as a real luxury at a picnic or birthday.

For another great taste from raspberries, try a jug of cloudy and delicious homemade pink lemonade. Simply add the zest and juice of the lemons, however many is up to you, and then the raspberries with boiling water. You can add sugar to take away the bite of the lemon, but this is definitely down to taste and depends on how healthy you wish to be. Simply sieve and leave to cool, then enjoy over ice with real chunks of lemon thrown in and a few raspberries for good measure too.

Something Grown Up
If it’s fruit you’re after, but with a grown up twist, then here are some great ideas for a few alcohol induced cocktails. Try a mix of vodka and cranberry, served over crushed ice. This really works well with some Cointreau stirred in too, a summer Cosmopolitan. Add limes for some zing and more fruitiness. It’s simple and easy to make and the cranberry juice works well on its own too, if you’re in the mood for something a little less exciting. You can keep your juices chilled and delicious in ice machines.

Something that also works well as a palette cleanser or desert is a gin and tonic sorbet. It may sound complicated, but depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, you can either make the sorbet yourself or simply buy a good quality one from the supermarket. Try and find a citrus one and simply mix in the gin, adding as little or as much as you like. Serve with a wedge of lime or lemon on the side and maybe even a sprig of mint if you’re feeling fancy.

Don’t forget that you can always try different flavours. Strawberry sorbet works particularly well on its own or with vodka, and make sure you add some real strawberries to serve to really create that taste of summer. A real hit with the grown-ups is peach sangria, a really tasty twist on the Spanish original. Serve with a barbeque and great weather and you’re sure to have a fantastic summer.

David is a big fan of delicious fruit drinks on a summers day, especially with the nice weather recently.

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