Keep Cool and Carry On
22nd July 2021
As I write this, the UK is in the midst of a heatwave! With that in mind, this blog is dedicated to keeping cool and calm, in the kitchen.
Hydration is key to keeping your body cool so we have curated a list of chic and cool drinks guaranteed to keep you from overheating as the temperatures soar.
We all love a cuppa, but on summer days why not make up a jug of iced tea instead? With a subtle tea flavour, oranges, lemons and mint, it’s an excellent alcohol-free party drink.
- 6 tea bags
- 2 tbsp golden caster sugar
- 1 tbsp runny honey, plus extra to serve
- 2 lemons, 1 juiced, 1 sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- small bunch mint
- Put the tea bags, sugar, honey and 1.5 litres water in a large jug. Leave to infuse for 10 mins, then remove and discard the tea bags. Chill until ready to serve.
- Stir in the lemon juice, lemon slices, orange slices and mint leaves. Fill the jug with plenty of ice and stir again.
- Fill tall glasses with ice and pour over the iced tea, then serve with extra honey to taste.
Vary this recipe with flavoured herbal or peppermint tea, and add in fresh herbs, sliced fruit and even soda water for a bit of fizz! For added chic, try creating some beautiful fresh fruit or botanical ice cubes. Find plenty of recipes on our Pinterest pages.
If iced tea is not your thing, how about a Pimms Lolly? Via goodto.com
- 1 bottle Pimm’s
- 1 bottle lemonade
- Fresh strawberries
- Sprigs of fresh mint
- Mix one part of Pimm’s with three parts lemonade. For 150ml (¼ pint) Pimm’s, add 450ml (¾ pint) lemonade.
- For extra wow appeal, thread a strawberry, halved lengthways, on to each lolly stick and press a sprig of mint into the top of it, so it looks like strawberry leaves.
- Pour the Pimm’s mixture into an ice lolly mould, until it’s ¾ full. Put the sticks with the strawberries in the mould. Place the tops on the moulds and, depending on the type, pull the sticks up so the strawberries are all at the same height.
- Place the lollies in the freezer until solid. To make it easier to remove them from the mould, dip briefly in hot water.
If not a fan of Pimms, then G&T, Mojito and Margheritas are all easy to turn into iced lollies to quench your thirst.
Next on our list of cooling drinks for the summer is a refreshing and nourishing smoothie. When cooking seems like a step too far – create a smoothie to cool you down and fill you up.
- Try these simple steps to personalise to your taste.
- Choose your fruit. Frozen works well and we find these are delicious combinations: mixed berries such as strawberries, blackberries, cherry and raspberries with banana. A tropical mix of pineapple, mango, banana and coconut milk with a touch of lime
- Add something to thicken it. Greek yoghurt is popular, or a nut butter is a great dairy free alternative.
- Pick your liquid. Regular milk or Almond milk works brilliantly, but coconut water or coconut milk is excellent to add a tropical twist.
- Balance the amount of thickener used to amount of liquid for the perfect consistency.
- Add some extras – flax seeds add some omega-3s, kale, spinach or wheatgrass for some green nutrients and honey or cinnamon and ginger or chia seeds for a super food boost. Or throw in a dollop of ice cream…why not!
See our Pinterest board for more stunning summer recipes and inspiration
As we love to say in the UK – Keep cool and carry on
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