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Drink it up

2 May

Summer time...!!

Summer time…!!

When the hottest season in town walks in, we can do nothing but stare and gulp down that cold drink in front of us to take away the sudden dryness in our mouths. To cool our own selves down.
Here are four of our favorite recipes for delicious drinks that will help you do not only the afore mentioned, but which are also undeniably easy to make.

Mexicano

Mexicano

1. Mexican Iced Coffee-This drink, let me warn you, is not for the faint hearted. The flavors are definitely strong, however, it somehow balances everything within itself helping it stop at the brink of crossing over to the ‘dark side’. When in mood for something different, do give it a shot. I copied Deborah Schneider’s recipe from here, except that I substituted the liqueur with coffee extract (espresso would do as well) and cut down a bit on the cream.

St. Patrick's all year long.

St. Patrick’s all year long.

2. Shamrock Shake-Ok, this isn’t much different from your vanilla shakes, and yet a completely different experience. I use the recipe given below, which I borrowed from Emily Schuman, though when making it for myself I skip on the cream.
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of whole milk (less milk if you prefer thicker shakes)
2 large scoops of premium vanilla ice cream
1 tsp of peppermint extract (or essence if you cant find that)
2 dashes of mint bitters (optional for flavor and color)
2 drops of green food coloring (if you’re not using bitters)
Whipped cream (for the topping).

Method:1. Place all ingredients into a blender, in the order they are listed.
2. Turn blender on and mix until you reach your preferred consistency.
3. Pour into a tall glass and top with whipped cream.

Berry Blast.

Berry Blast.

3. Berry Blast-This drink is a roller coaster ride for your taste buds, and at the same time it’s extremely healthy and rejuvenating making it a necessity for facing the upcoming heat waves.

Ingredients:3/4 cup chilled orange juice
1/3 cup chilled pineapple juice
2 cups vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen sliced strawberries
1/2 banana, sliced

Method:1.In a blender combine strawberries, milk, yogurt, sugar and vanilla.
2. Toss in the ice. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into chilled glasses, top with chopped berries and serve.

Frozen Blueberry Lemonade-We all love our lemonade on those burning hot evenings when even breathing seems like too much work, but the drink can get boring. This recipe is one way to spice it up. The best thing about this drink is, you can have as much as you want with minimum guilt about gaining too much weight
I hope you enjoy your drinks and summer.

Until next time,
Gull.

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17 Responses to “Drink it up”

  1. SandyLand May 2, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    Waiiiit…..where’s the Mexican coffee recipe?
    I am sitting here with a big bottle of ice water AND a sugar-free, fat-free ice coffee from McDonald’s. Dollar Days rock!

    • gullhasnat May 2, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

      hahahahaha, nice diet.
      I added the link-go check it.

      • SandyLand May 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

        OKay, I love you more now. They all look spectacular.

      • gullhasnat May 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

        Haha. Love you too. :-*

  2. aFrankAngle May 20, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Of the four, it’s the Shamrock Shake for me. Meanwhile, just wanted to stop by with a smile to say hello!

    • gullhasnat May 20, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

      Hey, Frank. How is it going?

      • aFrankAngle May 20, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

        All is well … still busy after moving … but we are settling in. How about you?

      • gullhasnat May 20, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

        Everything great here too. Visiting the States.

      • aFrankAngle May 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

        That’s awesome. What state are you currently in?

      • gullhasnat May 21, 2014 at 1:33 am #

        Illinois. πŸ™‚ but we leave for ohio in the morning.

      • aFrankAngle May 21, 2014 at 1:36 am #

        That’s my state … where are you going?

      • gullhasnat May 21, 2014 at 11:51 am #

        In Ohio? Cleveland.

      • aFrankAngle May 21, 2014 at 11:53 am #

        Darn … the opposite corner of the state from me. Going to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame?

      • gullhasnat May 21, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

        We plan to try but I think time might be against us.

      • aFrankAngle May 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

        Nonetheless, enjoy the city & your visit to my state!

      • gullhasnat May 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

        Hahahaha. Thanks. That’s the plan. πŸ˜€

    • gullhasnat May 20, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

      And yes, Shamrock Shake is a favorite of mine too.

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