Food

While entertaining during the summer means all sorts of outdoor parties, it also means dealing with the sticky heat. Keep your guests hydrated with these quirky drink recipes.

Green Tea Soda from Midwest Living

Servings: Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Ingredients
  • 8 bags green, gingko or ginseng tea
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup orange or tangerine juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon or lime juice
  • 4 cups  assorted fresh fruit, such as lemon slices, orange slices, white or regular nectarine wedges, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and/or pitted dark sweet cherries
  • 1/2 of a 1-liter bottle plain or flavored sparkling water, such as raspberry, strawberry or peach, chilled (2 cups)
Directions
1. In a heat-proof medium glass bowl or a heat-proof 2-quart pitcher, add tea bags and honey to boiling water, stirring until honey dissolves. Cover; steep for 10 minutes at room temperature. Carefully remove tea bags, gently squeezing to remove liquid. Let cool to room temperature.
2. Add orange juice and lemon juice to pitcher with brewed tea. Cover; chill tea mixture 4 to 24 hours.
3. To serve, fill eight to ten 12-ounce glasses with ice cubes. Divide tea among glasses; add fruit and fill with sparkling water. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 119, Total Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 3 mg, Carbohydrate 31 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 1 g.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Spiced Tea from Better Homes and Gardens

Servings: 8
Prep: 15 mins
Total: 4 hrs 15 mins

 

Ingredients
  • 2 cups  water
  • 3 inches  stick cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon  whole cloves
  • 3 tea bags
  • 3/4 cup  sugar
  • 3 cups  pineapple juice
  • 3 cups  orange juice
  • 1/4 cup  lemon juice
  • Ice (optional)
Directions
1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, cinnamon, and cloves. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat; add tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and spices. Stir in sugar and juices. Cover and chill thoroughly. Makes 8 (8-ounce) servings.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 167, Total Fat 0 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 5 mg, Carbohydrate 42 g, Fiber 0 g, Protein 1 g. Exchanges: Fruit 3.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Honey-Lemon Tea from EatingWell


Servings: 4 servings, 1 cup each

Prep: 5 mins

Total: 3 hrs 30 mins

 

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup  dried chrysanthemums, (see Shopping Tip)
  • 3 lemon slices
  • 4 cups  boiling water
  • Honey, to taste
Directions
1. Place chrysanthemums and lemon in a glass or ceramic pot. Add boiling water. Cover with a lid and let steep for 5 minutes. Stir in honey. Refrigerate until cold, about 3 1/2 hours. (It’s not necessary to strain the tea.)
Tip:
Shopping Tip: In China, you can buy dried chrysanthemums at “medicine stores” or vegetable markets; in the U.S., look for them at natural-foods stores or Asian markets.
Nutrition Facts
Exchanges: Other Carbohydrate 0.5
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Basil Lemonade from Better Homes and Gardens


Servings: Makes 12 servings.

Prep: 15 mins

Total: 8 hrs 15 mins

 

Ingredients
  • 12 cups  cold water
  • 2 12-oz. cans  frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1/3 cup  sugar
  • 1/4 cup  fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup  firmly packed fresh basil leaves, torn (one .75-oz. pkg.)
  • Lemon slices and fresh basil (optional)
Directions
1. In extra-large bowl or pitcher combine water, lemonade concentrate, sugar, and lime juice. Stir well to combine. Stir in torn basil leaves. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours.
2. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into serving container; discard basil leaves. Chill up to 3 days.
3. Serve over ice with lemon slices and fresh basil. Makes 12 servings.
Make Ahead
After removing fresh basil, lemonade may be held in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 125, Total Fat 0 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Monounsaturated Fat 0 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 9 mg, Carbohydrate 33 g, Total Sugar 31 g, Fiber 0 g, Protein 0 g. Daily Values: Vitamin C 19%, Calcium 1%, Iron 2%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Sparkling Peach Punch from Better Homes and Gardens



Servings: makes 6 servings

 

Ingredients
  • 3 cups  water
  • 1-1/2 cups  sugar
  • 1 3-oz. pkg.  peach-flavored gelatin
  • 1 29-oz. can  peach slices in light syrup
  • 4 11.3-oz. cans  peach nectar
  • 1/2 cup  lemon juice
  • 8 10-ounce bottles  ginger ale or club soda
Directions
1. In large saucepan combine water, sugar, and gelatin. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve.
2. Place undrained peach slices in blender. Cover; blend until smooth. In extra-large bowl combine gelatin mixture, pureed peaches, peach nectar, and lemon juice. Divide peach mixture among four 1-quart containers. Cover and freeze overnight or until firm. NOTE: Mixture can be frozen up to 3 months. Use as many containers as needed to continue with Step 3. (Each quart makes 6 servings.)
3. To serve, place one or more containers at room temperature for 1 hour. Break in chunks with large fork. Place in punch bowl or jug. Stir in 2 bottles of ginger ale per container of peach mixture until slushy. Makes 24 servings (four 6-serving batches).
Nutrition Facts
Calories 143, Total Fat 0 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Monounsaturated Fat 0 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 26 mg, Carbohydrate 37 g, Total Sugar 36 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 1 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 10%, Calcium 1%, Iron 2%.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Orange Julius from Better Homes and Gardens


Servings: 3 servings
Total: 5 mins
Ingredients
  • 1 11-ounce can  mandarin orange sections, drained
  • 1 cup  orange sherbet
  • 1/2 cup  orange juice
  • 4 to 6  ice cubes
Directions 1. In a blender container, blend together drained mandarin orange sections, orange sherbet, and orange juice. Add ice cubes, one at a time, blending to form a slush. Makes 3 servings.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 117, Total Fat 1 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 3 mg, Sodium 27 mg, Carbohydrate 27 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 1 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 17%, Vitamin C 84%, Calcium 4%, Iron 2%.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Vanilla Dream Float from Better Homes and Gardens

Servings: Makes 4 servings
Prep: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pints  cookie dough ice cream
  • 2 cups  cream soda
Directions 1. Place 2 large scoops of ice cream in the bottom of each of four 8-ounce glasses. Fill each glass with cream soda. Makes 4 servings
Nutrition Facts
Calories 333, Total Fat 14 g, Saturated Fat 8 g, Monounsaturated Fat 0 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 38 mg, Sodium 112 mg, Carbohydrate 48 g, Total Sugar 39 g, Fiber 0 g, Protein 5 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 10%, Iron 3%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet