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Even if it is already August, as you know Labna does not go on vacation and will keep you company throughout the final weeks of this long, hot summer. Precisely in this regard, I thought it would be nice to start the hottest month of the year with a post dedicated to cool and refreshing thirst quenching summer drinks. This weather has certainly not curbed my appetite – as if that’s ever going to happen! – and the same goes for quenching thirst: something has to be done!
Thus, here’s what we will be talking about today: delicious homemade cold drinks you can make all summer long!
The menu includes five recipes made at Labna (plus a rich selection of recipes from the Web), so you never run out of thirst quenching summer drinks ideas.
The first of our cool drinks today, which is shown in the picture above, is mint lemonade. In Israel it is called lemonana (nana in Hebrew means mint), and it is my favorite summer drink. A very funny story is behind the invention of this drink; I will not tell you here, you can read all about under the lemonana entry in Wikipedia..
- 6 lemons
- 8 tablespoons of sugar
- an abundant amount of fresh mint well-washed
- ice or 1 liter of very cold water
- Squeeze the lemons and put the juice through the colander, then add the sugar to the juice and mix well until it melts.
- At this point there are two ways: if you have a powerful blender, blend the lemon juice with the mint and ice, trying to get a liquid of a granita [slush] consistency; if instead you believe that your kitchen blender will not be able to chop the ice, just crush the mint with the lemon juice and strain the liquid thus obtained once more in the strainer, then dilute it with very cold water.
- Serve the lemonana ice-cold, garnishing the glass with a slice of lemon and some mint leaves.
Second among the cool summer drinks that are a must in my fridge, is homemade peach ice tea. It is very easy to prepare and so much better than the packaged tea!
- 1 l water
- 3 bags of black tea
- 8 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 yellow peaches
- 1 lemon
- Boil the tea water, then when the water is boiling, allow the tea bags to steep for a few minutes and add the sugar.
- When the tea is ready (not too dark, otherwise you will not taste the fruit) remove the tea bags and add the peaches cut into wedges and a few slices of lemon, then let the drink rest for a couple of hours.
- Strain the mixture with a strainer and allow to cool well in the fridge before serving.
Sometimes, on the other hand, something that is both refreshing and nourishing is needed: fruit shakes are the perfect combination! My favorite is berries + banana + milk or yogurt + nuts, but the variations are endless. The important thing, in my opinion, is to always have a fruit rich in vitamins as a base, a cool and nutritious liquid to make our shake less dense, and a handful of walnuts/almonds, or similar nuts, to fill up on protein and omega3. The recipe can be created on the spot, with whatever you have in the fridge.
From the Labna archives, then, I will dust off three recipes not to be missed: the legendary coffee granita (one of the most appreciated and shared posts of the whole site!), the negroni sbagliato, published a few days ago in Italian Table Talk, and the Cointreau Fizz, a very fresh cocktail that is perfect for summer.
Are you still thirsty? There’s more, I have a lot of tips for you! I have prepared a selection of very inviting drinks that you can try this summer, and posted it on pinterest.
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