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Summer Beverages

It's hot outside and you're thirsty! What to do? Instead of just reaching for a canned soda or drinks made from a mix, try a thirst quenching, simple to make homemade fruit beverage made from natural ingredients.

Nothing could be more invigorating and refreshing than a homemade fruit drink in a frosty glass on a warm Summer day! Here's an assortment of recipes for chilled fruit drinks and teas to try this summer season!

Cranberry Cooler

Preparation -
Mix together. Fill a glass with ice cubes. Pour juice over ice and serve.

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Preparation -
Combine ingredients and stir. Pour over cracked ice in tall glasses. Garnish with fresh oranges slices.

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Fruit Juice Slush

Preparation -
In a glass or plastic pitcher, combine fruit juice concentrate and water; Pour juice mixture into a standard ice cube tray, filling each section to the top. Freeze until firm, about 2 hours. To make slush, unmold 1/2 tray of the frozen juice cubes. Place in a blender. container. Add 3/4 cup of lemon-lime soda and blend at medium speed until a slush consistency. Pour into glasses. Repeat with remaining juice cubes and soda. Serve immediately with spoons and straws.

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Grape Cooler

Preparation -
Combine grape juice, grapefruit juice and lime juice in a large pitcher; refrigerate until chilled. Add club soda just before serving. Serve over ice.

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Colada Cooler
  • 1 can frozen pina cola concentrate - partially thawed
  • 1 can frozen white grape juice concentrate - partially thawed
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 3 cans lemon-lime soda

Preparation -
In a large pitcher, mix both cans of concentrate with water and stir. Add lemon-lime soda. Stir; Serve chilled over ice. Garnish with fruit if desired.

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Click on the picture for lemonade recipes -
old fashioned homemade lemonade recipes, strawberry lemonade, and berry-watermelon lemonade

Click on the glass for Iced Tea Recipes

Creating these trendy, cool, thrist queching concoctions
in your kitchen couldn't be easier!

To serve your summer beverages....

Spigot Jug With Standicon
This beautiful, nostalgic glass jug has its own stand that can be placed anywhere. The jar has a 6-quart capacity and brass spigot for serve-yourself ease.

Insulated Acrylic Glass Seticon
These double-wall insulated acrylic glasses stay cold inside and dry outside. Ice cubes keep drinks chilled longer ... drinks won't get watered down with diluted flavor. The set of 6 (26 oz.) unbreakable tumblers comes in assorted colors.

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