Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summertime Beverages

Seeing as it's summer, there is nothing I enjoy more than finding a good book to read and enjoying it with a nice, cold drink on these hot, summer days. Now, the hubs carries around his infamous gallon jug of water at all times. There's no way I can carry that around all day, but I do like to tote my little bottle of water and refill throughout the day to keep hydrated.

In the past week I've been drinking my daily intake of water, but I just can't get enough of those typical summer drinks. Last night, I made Mark's stepmom's recipe for lemonade and there's truly nothing better on a hot day.

It's the easiest thing ever. All you have to remember is 4-1-1.

Take 4 lemons and squeeze them into your container. I like to use a strainer so I don't end up picking out a bunch of seeds.
Add 1 cup of sugar.

Add 1 cup of water.
Stir until all of the sugar is dissolved.

Fill up the rest of the container with water.
How easy is that??? And trust me, it's so good! I always like to cut up an extra lemon, but it's not necessary.

If there's one thing that reminds me of childhood summers, it would be my mom's sun tea. I love iced tea, so I finally bought a container the other day so that the sun could do all the work for me.

(Mark says my green sun tea looked like pickle juice!)

Fill your clear gallon container with water.

Add 6-9 tea bags (I used 7 and I used organic green tea since it's so full of antioxidants).

Let the container sit in direct sunlight for several hours. The sun heats it up and the teas steeps.

Remove the tea bags.

If you want sweet tea....and I do LOVE sweet tea, this is where you add your sugar. I added about 1 1/2 cups of sugar, but since I'm a true southern girl and I live for the sweet tea that will make a northern's stomach sick, I'll probably make it 2 cups next time.

My parents never liked sweet tea (they are those northerners), so I always had unsweetened sun tea growing up. If you're not a sweet tea fan, might I suggest what I did all the time as a kid. Fill your glass up 3/4 of the way with tea and then finish it off with some of that lemonade.

Now I just need my book and the rocking chair on the front porch. Ahh, I love summer!


Jennifer said...

Im a little disappointed that Emily and I arent watching over this post!

PJWB said...

I've been adding lemon juice concentrate to my water. I've gone through 2 bottles (the size you get at Sam's Club) in the past two months. I love lemon!

-The Kaintuckeean

Faith said...

Love Love LOVE sun tea! Haven't made any in ages either. I'll have to get a container to make some. Yum!

Maria said...

Jen-you're always looking over my cooking!

Peter-Lemon is Mark's favorite too and there's nothing better or more refreshing in the summer.

Faith-I wish I'd bought a glass one, but my little plastic one will do for now. Make sure it has a little pour spout at the bottom. It's the best!