Summer Sips & Bites


It can be tough to beat the Texas heat, but ice-cold beverages and tasty treats definitely help. Here are some easy and refreshing recipes perfect for relaxing on the patio or while enjoying summer by the pool.

 

Lemonade with lemon, mint and ice

Classic Lemonade

Ingredients:
*6 lemons, enough to make 1 cup of juice
*1 cup white sugar
*6 cups cold water

Directions:
1. Juice the lemons via your preferred method of juicing.
2. Stir together lemon juice, sugar and water.
3. Serve over ice.

 

Cold black tea with berries and ice

Blackberry Sweet Tea

Ingredients:
*1 pinch of baking soda
*4 cups boiling water
*4 tea bags
*2 1/2 cups cold water
*3 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen/thawed
*1 1/4 cups sugar
*1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

Directions:
1. Crush blackberries and sugar together in a large container.
2. Add mint and baking soda; set aside.
3. Drape tea bags over the side of a pitcher; pour boiling water into the pitcher.
4. Steep for 3 minutes; remove and discard tea bags.
5. Combine tea and blackberry mixture; rest for 1 hour.
6. Strain through a mesh sieve.
7. Add cold water and stir.
8. Refrigerate before serving.

 

Watermelon lemonade with ice and mint leaves. Homemade lemonade of ripe berry with red and green ripes. Glass of cold watermelon tea. Refreshing summer drink. Cocktail on a wooden background

Watermelon Green Tea

Ingredients:
*3 cups green tea
*8 cups watermelon, cubed
*1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
*1/2 cup seltzer
*Springs of mint, for garnish

Directions:
1. Combine green tea, watermelon and lemon juice in a blender; blend until smooth.
2. Strain through a mesh sieve.
3. Refrigerate until cool.
4. Add seltzer.

 

pita

Caprese Salad Pita Pockets

Ingredients:
*1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
*4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
*1 cup coarsely chopped cucumber
*3/4 cup mixed spring salad greens
*1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
*2 tablespoons chopped green onion
*1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or cider vinegar
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
*4 large whole wheat pita bread rounds, halved crosswise
* Large soft lettuce leaves (such as butterhead, Boston or Bibb)

Directions:
1. In a medium bowl toss together tomatoes, cheese cubes, cucumber, salad greens, basil, green onion, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper.
2. Line insides of pita halves with lettuce leaves.
3. Spoon tomato mixture into pitas.

 

A set of ingredients for cooking Nam neung , Viatnam food on wooden table

No-Cook Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:
*3 green onions
*1/2 6-ounce package refrigerated cooked chicken breast strips
*1/2 of a medium green sweet pepper, seeded and cut up
*3 tablespoons rice vinegar
*1 teaspoon sesame oil or olive oil
*1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, as desired
*1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
*1 cup shredded cabbage
*2 tablespoons water
*2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
*8 leaves butterhead lettuce (Boston or Bibb), about 1 small head

Directions:
1. Trim and discard root ends of green onions. Cut off and slice green tops and set aside.
2. In a food processor combine white parts of the green onions, chicken breast, sweet pepper, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, oil, black pepper and, if desired, crushed red pepper. Cover and pulse until chicken mixture is finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl.
3. Add cabbage and toss to combine. Divide chicken mixture into four individual microwave safe containers; chill.
4. Spoon mixture into individual lettuce leaves and wrap.

For dipping sauce, in a small bowl combine sliced green onion tops, 2 tablespoons vinegar, water and soy sauce. Divide among 4 small containers.

 

Homemade natural yogurt with strawberries and mint.

Sweet Ricotta and Strawberry Parfaits

Ingredients:
* 1 pound fresh strawberries, trimmed and halved or quartered
*1 teaspoon sugar
*1 tablespoon snipped fresh mint
* 1 15-ounce carton part-skim ricotta cheese
*3 tablespoons light agave nectar
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
* 1/4 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
* Fresh mint

Directions:
1. In a medium bowl combine strawberries, sugar and the 1 tablespoon snipped mint; gently stir to combine. Let stand about 10 minutes or until berries soften and start to release their juices.
2. In another medium bowl combine ricotta, agave nectar, vanilla and lemon peel. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
3. To assemble, scoop 1 tablespoon of the ricotta mixture into each of six parfait glasses. Top ricotta mixture in each glass with a large spoonful of the strawberry mixture. Repeat layers with the remaining ricotta mixture and strawberry mixture. Garnish with additional fresh mint.
4. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 4 hours.

Easy Summer Refreshments


EasySummerRefreshments

Lemonade pitcher with lemon, mint and ice on garden table. View with copy space
 
It can be tough to stay hydrated in the Texas heat, but we’re here to help. These easy and refreshing drink recipes are perfect for pool parties, relaxing on the patio, or enjoying with some barbecue.

A pitcher of blackberry iced tea and two glasses sit on a wooden table in the garden. Lemon wedges and fresh blackberries are on the side.
 
Blackberry Sweet Tea
 
Ingredients:
*1 pinch of baking soda
*4 cups boiling water
*4 tea bags
*2 1/2 cups cold water
*3 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen/thawed
*1 1/4 cups sugar
*1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
 
Directions:
1. Crush blackberries and sugar together in a large container.
2. Add mint and baking soda; set aside.
3. Drape tea bags over the side of a pitcher; pour boiling water into the pitcher.
4. Steep for 3 minutes; remove and discard tea bags.
5. Combine tea and blackberry mixture; rest for 1 hour.
6. Strain through a mesh sieve.
7. Add cold water and stir.
8. Refrigerate before serving.
 
Orange iced tea in a glass jar with paper straws on a rustic wooden background.
 
Citrus Mint Tea

Ingredients:
*1 cup white sugar
*1 cup water
*4 black tea bags
* 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
*2 quarts cold water
*1 cup orange juice
* 6 tablespoons lemon juice
 
Directions:
1. Dissolve sugar in boiling water.
2. Add tea bags and mint; steep for 10 minutes.
3. Strain mixture; discard tea bags and wilted mint.
4. Combine tea mixture with cold water, orange juice, and lemon juice.
5. Refrigerate before serving.
 
Lemonade glass jars with lemon wedges and straws sitting on a wood tabletop
 
Classic Lemonade
 
Ingredients:
*6 lemons, enough to make 1 cup of juice
*1 cup white sugar
*6 cups cold water
 
Directions:
1. Juice the lemons via your preferred method of juicing.
2. Stir together lemon juice, sugar, and water.
3. Serve over ice.
 
"Closeup and selective focus on a clear mug of ice tea infused with honey, fresh lemon and mint. A small jar of honey and a plate of sliced lemon and mint sit nearby on a lace tablecloth.More tea and lemonade photos:"
 
Ginger Honey Lemon Iced Tea
 
Ingredients:
*1 4-inch piece of ginger, washed, peeled, and sliced
*1 lemon, juiced and zested
*1/2 cup honey
*6 cups water
*Springs of mint, for garnish
 
Directions:
1. Combine ginger, water, and lemon zest in water; bring to a boil.
2. Steep for 30-45 minutes.
3. Strain through a mesh sieve.
4. Add remaining ingredients.
5. Refrigerate before serving.
 
Two glasses of iced tea with pitcher. Selective focus.

Old Fashioned Sweet Tea

 
Ingredients:
*1 pinch baking soda
*2 cups boiling water
*6 black tea bags
*3/4 cup white sugar
*6 cups cool water
 
Directions:
1. Add baking soda to the bottom of a glass pitcher.
2. Place tea bags over the edge, pour boiling water into the pitcher.
3. Steep for 15 minutes; remove and discard tea bags.
4. Add sugar and cool water to the rest of the mixture.
5. Refrigerate before serving.
 
Fresh Homemade Peach Sweet Tea with Mint
 
Peach Iced Tea
 
Ingredients:
*1 cup sugar
*9 cup hot water
*2 peaches, sliced
*4 black tea bags
 
Directions:
1. Combine, peaches, sugar, and 1 cup of water in a saucepan; bring to a boil until the sugar is dissolved. Crush peaches.
2. Remove from heat; steep for 30 minutes.
3. Brew tea according to directions; remove tea bags and discard.
4. Strain syrup through a mesh sieve.
5. Combine syrup and tea mixture in a large pitcher.
6. Refrigerate before serving.
 
Summer cool drink, juice of watermelon with space for text
 
Rosemary Watermelon Lemonade
 
Ingredients:
*2 cups water
*3/4 cups white sugar
*1 sprig rosemary, stripped and chopped
*2 cups lemon juice
*12 cups watermelon
*8 cups ice cubes
*Springs of rosemary, for garnish
 
Directions:
1. Dissolve sugar in boiling water; add rosemary, steep for 1 hour.
2. Combine watermelon and lemon juice in a blender; blend until smooth.
3. Strain through a mesh sieve.
4. Refrigerate before serving.
 
Asian inspired healthy, cold drinks. Iced chai tea with herbs, lime and mint on the left and iced watermelon juice mocktail on the right, garnished with mint and watermelon wedge, served in cocktail glasses with straws.
 
Watermelon Green Tea
 
Ingredients:
*3 cups green tea
*8 cups watermelon, cubed
*1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
*1/2 cups seltzer
*Springs of mint, for garnish
 
Directions:
1. Combine green tea, watermelon, and lemon juice in a blender; blend until smooth.
2. Strain through a mesh sieve.
3. Refrigerate until cool.
3. Add seltzer