Need to quench your thirst, and only a particularly sweet brew will do the trick? This copy cat Sonic ocean water is just the thing. It’s sweet, but not overly so, and fizzy with notes of lemon lime & coconut in a pretty blue hue.
A simple thirst quencher, our sweet Southern strawberry iced tea is an easy to whip up refreshing way to beat the heat. Your favorite home brewed tea is combined with a simple puree from ripe berries, sugar, and some lemon juice that create a delicious drink the whole family will love.
By this time, I’m pretty sure everybody (well, everybody on Pinterest at least) have seen the 4th of July layered drink recipes floating around the interweb. They’re fun, they’re easy, and the little guys and gals, think you’re a bad-a**, magic wielding Mama when you whip em out at your backyard barbecue. This year, we thought Halloween might want in on a little bit of the action. The drinks couldn’t be any simpler to make and the whole thing revolves around the simplest of scientific terms: density. The more sugar in a liquid, the ‘denser’ it is. By halving the sugar content of layers two and three, we created pretty little (educational) layers. The sons know by now, even if it’s fun, if there’s an opening for any kind of teachable moment, I’m all over it.
Back to the drink though…
Candy corn is a Halloween staple, and though some people love it or hate it, I think everyone can and will enjoy these layered candy corn drinks. The sons got a tickle out of them, especially the younger two. It was also pretty neat to watch the discover each different flavor. Festive and fun? That’s my kind of party.
Aaaand, speaking of parties, layered drinks can be so fun for parties, and there’s no doubt in my mind that these would be perfect for any Halloween party! Serving a crowd? Don’t have time to make multiple individual servings? Follow the same recipe, but make it in a punch jar instead of a glass.
The layers are easily seen up close and personal, but if you really want them to stand out, especially the white top layer, use less yellow and more white.
Candy Corn Layered Drinks
recipe originally from High Heels & Grills
1/3 part Crush (store brands work as long as the sugar content is just as high) orange soda
1/3 part yellow Gatorade
1/3 part zero calorie lemonade Vitamin Water
1. Fill your cup/pitcher/whatever you are using up to the very top with ice.
2. Pour the orange soda in first until you’ve filled about 1/3 of your glass.
3. Next, slowly pour the Gatorade directly on top of the ice and let it trickle down on top of the orange soda until it fills 2/3 of your glass*.
4. Finally, slowly pour the lemonade on top of the ice and let it trickle down on top of the Gatorade.
*Do not stir the liquids or this won’t work.
Dessert season is year round, but different types definitely have a season. You’re going to want to add this frozen hot chocolate recipe to your Summer menu. It’s the absolute best way to get your sweet chocolate fix and cool off.
When the Southern heat descends, there’s nothing better than a cool drink to find some respite. This quick & easy Fresh Blackberry Lemonade is the best, most refreshing way, to cool off & quench your thirst.
Both ginger and apple cider vinegar have been widely noted for helping aide weight loss and digestion. Trying to eliminate soda from your diet? Just trying to find a tasty, healthy poolside option? Either way, give this ‘mocktail’ a try. Detox and alkalize your body, all while staying hydrated and healthy this summer! Instead of pure drinking water, use seltzer water for a fun, fizzy effect. It’s refreshing taste will have you sighing and saying, ‘Ahhhh’ after your first sip. Happy
sipping guzzling. 🙂
Update: It’s been brought to my attention that this drink is essentially a ginger switchel. After a look into this, I was even more impressed with it as it’s benefits just keep on piling up. The exact source of the switchel isn’t known, but some speculate it came up to the Colonies from the Carribbean. What is known is that in Colonial days, with no modern conveniences like central air, or even ice cubes, a day spent out working in the field or on the farm could be grueling in the summer heat. To stay hydrated, they drank a quenching beverage that functioned much like modern sports drinks: switchel, also called switzel or haymaker’s punch. It contained water, a sweetener—either molasses, maple syrup, honey or brown sugar—ginger, and cider vinegar. All the ingredients (except water) happen to be sources of potassium—an electrolyte. Molasses is especially high in potassium. You could easily swap in some molasses for the stevia if you wanted to go old school. Also, another fun fact, it’s the bite of the ginger that resembles the taste of alcohol and apparently this was another reason the switchel became so popular among the colonial poor during the growing temperance movement of the 19th century.
Good Girl ‘Moonshine’
recipe adapted from The (Gluten-Free) Food Gurly
enough ice to fill a quart jar to where the ring screws on
1 teaspoon ginger
4 teaspoons sugarless sugar (stevia)
2-3 tablespoon. apple cider vinegar
enough pure drinking water to fill the quart jar after filling with everything else
1. Fill your mason jar up to the first line where the ring/lid begins to screw on.
2. Sprinkle the ginger ans sugar over top of the ice.
3. Add the apple cider vinegar.
4. Fill with pure drinking water, stopping when it’s reached the first line where the ring begins to screw on.
5. Stir well until all the sugar has dissolved.
I mostly added in the apples for aesthetic appeal, buuut they do significantly enhance the flavor. So if apple is your thing you’ll definitely want to throw in a few slices.
Nothing reminds me more of Spring & Summer than a yummy peach milk shake. I remember my Grandma making up some reason for taking us to Hardees for them as a special treat anytime the weather was warm. I used to take my own boys for peach shakes from Chik-Fil-A for their own special warm weather memories. Lucky for me, a cold, creamy milk shake is a treat to your taste buds anytime of the day or year, and a good peach shake is no exception. All that tastiness comes as a cost however. The most delicious ones are almost always a calorie bomb. The solution? We make our own ‘skinny’ version at home. Now anytime I get a craving, I can whip a batch of these babies up and enjoy a guilt free dessert. Now that’s my kind of treat! Although I call these ‘milkshakes’, there’s no actual milk involved. Their delicious deception only adds to my enjoyment.
Healthy Peach ‘Milkshakes’
recipe adapted from Mia’s Domain
2 cups fresh orange juice
1 cup peach-flavored Greek Yogurt
2 cups frozen sliced peaches
2 tbsp sugar, or more to taste
1 tsp nutmeg
1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Serve shakes cold. For added presentation, add fresh peach slices to each glass.
Hot chocolate is a cozy drink enjoyed by many for so long, it’s hard to pin point exactly when you first experienced it. Toss the prepackaged mixes aside and make a batch that lives up to it’s richest potential. This crockpot hot chocolate is velvety smooth and perfect for sharing over a hearty brunch or paired with a sweet treat for an indulgent dessert.
Christmas Grinch Punch is the perfect holiday drink to get your family in the mood to CELEBRATE! It’s bright green and festive, with a tiny little maraschino heart in the center of each glass.