Fruit Cocktail Recipes for Summer Evenings

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer drinkIf you want to stay sober and cool during the summer, and allow your kids to join in the fun, fruit cocktails are ideal for long summer evenings. The fun is found in the family experiments, but if you don’t want to struggle through some less then appetizing drinks on your way to the good ones, here are some ideas:

  • Mix an equal amount, say one cup, of orange juice, grapefruit juice, passion-fruit juice, mango juice and pineapple juice. Add a quarter cup of lime juice and half a cup of kiwi syrup. Shake with crushed ice in a shaker or mix in a blender.

  • If you want a classic fruit punch, take four litres of soda water, one can frozen lemonade concentrate, one can frozen pineapple concentrate and two packets of your favourite Kool-Aid®. A nicer, and less sweet, variation is to replace the concentrates with juices of your choice, and the Kool-Aid® with sherbet (Drinks Mixer, 2014).

  • BBC Food's Pussy Foot recipe suggests 25 ml apple juice, 25 ml cranberry juice, 25 ml orange juice, 25 ml grapefruit juice, 25 ml pink grapefruit juice, 25 ml lemon juice and a pineapple wedge for garnish. The Forbes Guide suggests you remove the apple and grape fruit juices, and add an egg yolk and some mint.

  • Berries are low in carbohydrates, and berry drinks are delicious. Weigh and take the same amount of blueberries, strawberries and blackberries (or raspberries). Add some water and some agave nectar or pure maple syrup. You can also add some lemon juice, if you like. Put half of the berries, the water and the nectar in a pan and leave over medium heat for ten minutes. Then puree it in a blender. Cut up the other halves of the berries and add to the berry puree. Mix well (Kumar, 2011).

  • If you want to support your grape farming neighbours in British Columbia, you will have to use a grape syrup so that other fruits do not overwhelm it. For the same reason, mix it with subtler fruits like pears, apples, peaches, apricots and litchis.

  • You certainly do not have to stick to fruit and fruit syrups. Vanilla, Mint, ginger or cinnamon can add a lot of flavour.

  • Nuts are not only tasty snacks, they can be tasty additions to drinks too. Almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pine-nuts, pistachios and walnuts can all work well, especially if you put them in the oven for a while before you add them. If you do not want any crunchiness in your drinks, buy the butter instead of the nuts.

  • Egg whites, cream, bananas and sherbet can add some frothiness to any drink.

Experiment! That is the best part of mixing drinks.