By combining the ingredients of a minty mojito along with the key ingredients of a colorful cosmopolitan, it’s easy to stir up a fresh-tasting beverage brimming with flavor.
A timely indulgence, this icy drink is a fabulous choice when it comes to beating the heat of summer. One thing is certain: enjoying this seasonal sipper at any hot-weather gathering is sure to make a splash.
4 fresh mint leaves 1 teaspoon sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons light rum 1 tablespoon orange-flavored liqueur, such as Triple Sec Crushed ice 1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail, chilled Lemon-lime soda or club soda Lime slices (optional) Mint sprigs (optional)
Place mint, sugar, and lime juice in a tall glass. With a muddler or back of spoon, crush mint until sugar has dissolved. Stir in rum and orange-flavored liqueur. Fill glass with crushed ice; pour cranberry juice cocktail into glass; top with soda. Stir drink well. Garnish with lime slices and mint sprigs, if desired. Makes 1 serving.
Both lemonade and iced tea will cool down the sultry days of summer, but why not combine the two, add freshly picked mint—and savor the ultimate in hot-weather drinks.
Garden-fresh mint steeped with tea combines deliciously with zesty lemon for the ultimate in refreshing taste. Make it extra indulgent by muddling a bit more mint, sugar, and lemon juice in each glass and adding a shot of rum along with the tea mixture. Keep the tea mixture cold in this practical pitcher from Oneida that’s just right for outdoor entertaining.
One thing is certain: A glass of Lemon Mint Iced Tea is the perfect drink for sipping on a beautiful summer day.
LEMON MINT ICED TEA
1 cup sugar 8 cups water 6 regular size tea bags 1 1/2 cups fresh mint leaves Juice from 4 medium lemons Ice cubes Lemon slices Mint sprigs
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and 2 cups water. Heat over medium heat until sugar has dissolved, 2 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Pour the remaining 6 cups water into a large saucepan; cover and bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add tea bags and mint. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain into a large pitcher. Stir in sugar/water mixture; cover and refrigerate until chilled. Stir in lemon juice. Place ice cubes in glasses; pour lemon mint iced tea over ice cubes; garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs. Makes 10 servings.
From cocktails on the deck to pool parties, Frozen Banana Daiquiris will make a splash at any hot weather gathering.
A refreshing treat for drop-in guests, these frosty sippers can be whipped up in no time. Make them extra special by serving in stylish glasses like these from Anchor Hocking.
Garnish with fresh lime and banana slices—and savor a thirst-quenching drink perfect during the hazy days of summer.
FROZEN BANANA DAIQUIRIS
Lime wedges Sugar 1/2 cup light rum 1/3 cup orange flavored liqueur, such as Triple Sec Juice from 2 medium limes 4 ripe medium bananas 1/3 cup sugar (more or less, to taste) 3 cups crushed ice Lime slices (optional) Banana slices (optional)
Coat the rims of glasses with lime wedges; dip in sugar. In a blender, combine rum, orange flavored liqueur, lime juice, bananas, 1/3 cup sugar, and 2 cups crushed ice. Blend 30 seconds or until well combined. Add the remaining 1 cup ice; blend until slushy. Garnish with lime and banana slices, if desired. Makes 4 servings.