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The sun has got her hat on – hip, hip, hip, hooray! We’re positively beaming at the weather and it’s got us thinking about all the summer-ready recipes we can’t wait to get creating.

 

Today we’re looking at the most refreshing drink recipes we can think of for quenching our thirst during those summer heatwaves. Here are three of our absolute faves:

Summer Punch

 

What’s more summery than a big bowl of deliciously refreshing punch? Fresh, yummy and easy to make, this recipe is perfect for garden parties.

 

Ingredients

 

  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 250ml elderflower cordial (we used St Germain)
  • 500ml apple juice (Bradley is best if you like it sharp)
  • 125ml sparkling water
  • ice
  • fresh summer herbs like lemon verbena, mint and basil (optional)
  • lemon slices (optional)

 

Method

 

In a bowl, mix the lemon juice and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Transfer into a large serving bowl, add the other liquid ingredients, fill to the top with ice and stir gently. Serve immediately, with herbs and lemon slices, if you like.

 

Cucumber, Spinach, and Apple Juice

 

Everyone loves a health kick in summer and this easy to make juice is a fun way to get little ones to enjoy their greens.

 

Ingredients

 

  • 5cm piece cucumber, chopped
  • 1 big celery stick, chopped
  • good handful of spinach
  • 150ml chilled unsweetened apple juice
  • juice of a lime
  • chilled coconut water, optional

 

Method

 

Put the vegetables in a deep bowl with the apple and lime juices and blitz with a hand blender (or in a blender or food processor) until as smooth as you can get it. Tip into a glass and drink as it is or dilute with coconut water for the consistency you like.

 

Watermelon lemonade

 

If you’re looking for a refreshing party showstopper, you can’t go wrong with this tasty homemade lemonade served with crushed ice in its very own watermelon bowl.

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 large or 2 small watermelons
  • 250ml lemon juice (from a bottle or squeeze your own)
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 1l bottle soda water
  • 1 lime, cut into slices
  • small handful mint
  • crushed ice

 

Method

 

  1. Cut the top off the watermelon and hollow it out using a large spoon, fishing out any pips along the way. Mash the flesh through a sieve into a bowl. Put the flesh in a blender (or use a tall jug and hand blender) with the lemon juice and sugar, whizz to a purée, then stir in the soda.
  2. Heap some ice into the hollowed-out watermelon and fill it with the lemonade mixture. Serve the rest in a jug with the lime slices and mint. Have a bowl of extra crushed ice on the side so people can help themselves.

 

 

Of course, if you want to spice things up a little for a summer party, you can always add alcohol to any of these recipes – just don’t get the adults’ punchbowl mixed up with the kids’ one…

 

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