Despite all the jokes about English summers, we've definitely had a good few hot days this year! And seeing as I complain about the cold and the rain, I think it's only right to make the most of the sun. To properly enjoy it, it's important to stay cool and refreshed, which is where this yummy summer drink comes in. Typically, I wrote this post a few days in advance and scheduled it- just as the days turn a little bit cooler. Thanks weather. Thanks a lot. However, I am staying optimistic that the sun will be back - there's still most of August to come, plus hopefully some sunny September evenings too! So, in true British fashion, I refuse to let a bit of rain spoil my fun- on with the post!
I love ordering fruit coolers when I go out to cafes and restaurants during the warm weather, and apparently it's super easy to create your own at home too. It's full of summery-citrus-y-tropically (ok, those adjectives got more and more made up!) fruits - orange, mango, pineapple, lime and lemonade. And it doesn't require anything fancy to make it- you'll probably learn from future posts that any sort of kitchen machinery like blenders terrifies me!
I feel like this drink deserves a name really, but I haven't come up with anything just yet... So perhaps you should just read on, give it and try and let me know what you think!
To make it, I combined one part orange and mango juice, one part pineapple juice, and two parts cloudy lemonade, pouring them into a jug of ice. I then added the juice from five limes and a bit of chopped mint. If you make this, feel free to play around with the quantities to make it to your own taste- I recommend adding things bit by bit until it tastes right!
The final product
The pineapple and mango taste sweet, and this is offset by the sharpness of the fresh lime juice and the refreshing flavour of the mint. It was one of those drinks that's really hard not to finish off all in one go! Although if you are saving some for later, then I'd recommend leaving the mint out and only adding when serving because the flavour takes over after a while.
This would be ideal for summer drinks in the garden, or to serve at a picnic. Or if you're holding a summer party, it's an ideal alcohol-free alternative to cocktails. It's inspired me to try more fruity combinations- and I have a bottle of pink grapefruit lemonade, so maybe I'll make up a recipe with that one too!
What are you favourite summer drinks?