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4 Refreshing Drink Recipes for Summer

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4 Refreshing Drink Recipes for Summer

Katie Schur

When it starts to warm up, I love to curl up on a picnic blanket under the shade with an ice-cold glass of something sweet. I love all the classics, but lately I've been trying to switch up some of my favorite staples using seasonal fruits and some unique "extras" from my pantry. I crafted a quick list of some of my recent favorites to help inspire your next sunny summer afternoon. 

Orange Seltzer Sparklers  

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This recipe couldn't be more simple. All you need is seltzer, Italian soda and orange slices. Regular or blood oranges work. For the Italian soda, I used a grocery-store brand, but this one by San Pellegrino works well too. Mix together the seltzer and soda using a 50/50 ratio in glasses. Squeeze some juice from one of the blood oranges and stir it all together. Garnish with extra orange slices. 

Orange Blossom Honey Iced Tea

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I got this idea from a recent trip to Orlando at the cafe, Se7en Bites. They serve orange blossom iced tea (sweet and non-sweet), and I became addicted to it during my stay. I like a tea that's a little (but not too) sweet. I'm sure they use a different recipe, but here's what I've crafted as a substitute. Select a black tea that has citrusy notes. I like this one from Tea Forte because 1 packet is perfect for 1 quart of iced-tea. In a heat-safe pitcher, pour heated water over the tea, cover and infuse to taste. I typically infuse iced tea for 5 minutes. If you like your tea a little sweet, add in a little honey while the tea is hot so it will dissolve and mix in with a wooden spoon. For the honey, I like using this one from Wegmans because it has a nice orange blossom flavor. Remove the teabag from the tea, and place the pitcher in the fridge to chill. Serve over ice with orange wedges. If I make this in the morning, it's ready by the afternoon. 

Lavender Lemonade Spritz

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This is my lighter take on a lemonade because I add lemon flavored seltzer to give it a little fizz and also take away some of the sugar. Add ice to a glass and pour in seltzer. Squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon and add some additional lemon slices to the drink. Stir in 1 tablespoon of lavender syrup (add more if you like it extra sweet). It will look like the purple version of a pink lemonade and smells as good as it tastes. 

Strawberry Mint Iced Tea

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June is my favorite time of year when strawberries are fresh and in season. Garnish your iced tea with berries and fresh mint. I share the step-by-step instructions in this blog post from last year. 

What are your favorite go-to summer drinks? I'd love to hear what you are sipping on this season @picnicperfecto