Whether you’re in Washington, California, Colorado, Florence or any other common GU summer destinations, there is one undisputed fact that we can all agree on: summer is hot. With temperatures in all of the above mentioned places sometimes peaking in the low hundreds, we could all use a few steadfast and refreshing ways to cool down and perk up. I scoured Pintrest, cooking websites, and recipe books and found a few drinks that will enliven your taste buds and cool you down.
1. COCONUT LIMEADE SLUSHIE
Found on Pintrest, the Coconut Limeade Slushie is a smooth and sweet summer pick me up. All you have to do is blend together 3 1/2-4 cups of ice cubes, 1 1/4 cups of unsweetened coconut milk, 1 tsp. of vanilla bean paste, and 1-2 peeled and juiced limes! As with most recipes I recommend toying with measurements and ingredient proportions to make sure everything is to your liking.
2. BLUEBERRY LEMONADE
One of my personal favorites, Blueberry Lemonade is delicious and easy to make. Simply combine 1 cup of blueberry simple syrup, 1/2 cup of extra fine granulated sugar, 3/4 cups of lemon juice, and 5 cups of water. Stir all of the contents together and put it in the refrigerator for a few hours! I love this recipe because it serves 5- 6 people and requires minimal clean up (aka you don’t have to hassle cleaning a blender).
3. WATERMELON SLUSH
Another amazing Pintrest find, Watermelon Slushies are probably the easiest drink to make on this list. Blend together 5 cups of seedless watermelon, 2 tbsp. of sugar, and the juice of 1 lime and voila! Prepped and prepared in 5 minutes Watermelon Slushies are great for when you need a refresher ASAP. One downside to these drinks is that they melt pretty quickly, so don’t blend and pour until you’re ready to drink!
4. STRAWBERRY MANGO COOLERS
This new recipe I found combines lots of unique flavors for a wonderful fizzy treat. Mix together 1/2 mango, 2 cups strawberries, 1/4 cup honey, 1 cup mango-orange juice and 1 liter of sprite. This recipe serves about 10, so if those ingredient sizes seem large I would recommend cutting the recipe in half for a more manageable concoction. These coolers always seem festive to me, so if you’re looking for a nice celebratory drink to share I would certainly check out the Strawberry Mango Coolers!
5. WATERMELON PEACH SPRITZER
These spritzers are a nice and light alternative to some of the more flavor packed and blended options mentioned in this list. With a Sprite (or club soda) base, just add in a few pieces of sliced peach and cut watermelon. The fresh cut fruit gives the Sprite a nice tangy flavor and provides a simple twist on a common soda. The sparkling carbonated nature of Sprite serves as a nice pick-me-up after a long hot day in the sun or by the pool. Similar to the Watermelon Slushies, this recipe requires minimal clean-up and prep which is always an added bonus.
6. PINEAPPLE SPARKLER
This unique drink is the perfect tropical compliment to any hot summer day. Over 1 1/2 cups of ice stir together 2 cups of fresh pineapple, 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup cream of coconut, and 12 oz. of coconut sparkling water. This Hawaiian inspired drink is certain to cool down and refresh you. I also tried this recipe in slush-form, so if you like it you might consider throwing it all in the blender for an even more refreshing treat!
Regardless of what you’re doing this summer– working, interning, summer school, etc– there’s no better way to end your long hot summer day than with a refreshing iced or blended drink. These are just a few of the hundreds of thousands of drink recipes that I found, so if none of these seem right for you I certainly recommend searching Pintrest and cookbooks to find yourself the perfect summer treat. Keep cool (and hydrated) Gonzaga!