Cool Summer Drinks--Healthy and Easy!

It's Not All About Soda

Written by Gayle

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You can see I had to drink some of them!  And I ate a few grapes, too!
This morning I whipped up these babies--perfect for some hot summer afternoons!

So Different and Delicious!

I am not much of a juice drinker--I love my ice water--but for these I will make an exception.  Pure ingredients, healthy, fresh--Absolutely no guilt here!  

No Juicer Required!

I made these delicious drinks with just a blender, so let's get started.

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Rosemary Cucumber Limeade

You will need:

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Score a cucumber lengthwise with a fork.  This will give your decorative slices a finished look.  Then cut 12 thin slices of cucumber for garnish.

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Peel and chop the rest of the cucumbers, place in your blender, along with the chopped fresh rosemary. 

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Puree until there are no chunks and the rosemary is well incorporated.  You'll need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides.

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Pour the puree into a fine-mesh strainer which has been set over a bowl.  

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Push the solids a bit to get the juice into the bowl.  If you like a very clear juice, use cheesecloth.  I like more solids, so I pushed quite a bit through the strainer.

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Squeeze the limes until you have 1/2 cup, then add the lime juice, the water, and the agave syrup to the cucumber/rosemary juice. 

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 Taste and add more agave if you'd like.

Fill four glasses half-way with ice, then pour 1/4 of juice into each glass.  Garnish with cucumber slices and a spring of rosemary.  

Make your own soda with healthy ingredients?  Yes!  

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Fresh Grape Soda

You'll Need:

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Wash and stem the grapes, and then puree in a blender until fine.  Pour the puree into a strainer, which has been placed over a medium bowl.  Press on the solids to extract the juice.  

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Add the lemon juice and the honey, and stir well until the honey is well incorporated.  

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Add the sparkling water, and mix.  Pour the mixture into four, ice-filled glasses, and garnish with a small bunch of grapes.

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Drink Some Fruits and Vegetables Today!

Have a great summer, and enjoy these delicious, healthy, and easy drinks!

love,

Lassen's