Refresh with a zing

We’ve been having temperatures in the high 90s and heat indexes into the 100s, so drinking lots of fluids is essential. I get tired of water and sodas sometimes, and look for something different to cool down.

I like to try different things, and of course, sharing them with friends. Here are a few of my favorites.

Lemon water

4 lemons, cut into wedges

2 quarts water

Adding lemon wedges to the water. Cover and let stand for two hours. Remove lemon wedges and strain water to remove seeds. Serve over ice with fresh lemon slices and sprigs of fresh mint.

Raspberry limeade

Juice of six limes

3/4 cup sugar

8 ounces fresh  raspberries,  mashed with a fork

2 quarts water or club soda (only if you plan to serve it right away)

Dissolve sugar in a little warm water. Stir ingredients together. Serve over ice. Garnish with lime slices and fresh raspberries.

Lemon zinger tea

6 bags red zinger tea

1 cup sugar

2 quarts boiling water

4 lemons, cut into wedges

Add tea bags and sugar to boiling water; let cool, then transfer to glass container. Add lemon wedges. Refrigerate for 12 hours.

Strain, then serve over crushed ice. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

Iced coffee

1 cup medium to fine ground coffee

4 cups water

Put coffee and water in an airtight container. Seal and refrigerate for 24 hours. Strain coffee into a carafe. Put 1/4 to 1/2 cup coffee in tall  ice-filled glasses (depending on how strong you like it). Fill remainder of glass with your preferred choice of milk or cream – even chocolate milk or coffee creamer will do. Add sugar if  you like your coffee sweet.


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