Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Contribution from Freelance Writer Jess on Refreshing Summer Drinks

THANKS Jess for writing another interesting and fun article !!!  As warm weather is now approaching, this article is PERFECT !!!  Jess gives GREAT suggestions for some refreshing vegan drinks to make this summer !!

5 Vegan-Friendly Drinks to Make Yourself This Summer
With summer around the corner, the time has come to sit back, relax, and enjoy a tasty drink. For vegans, this can be easier said than done, as wine, certain juices, and even some types of sugar are off limits. This can make it difficult to create a crisp, refreshing summertime drink. However, with the right mix of ingredients and a little creativity, you can concoct these five tasty and vegan-friendly drinks this summer.

The Kit You’ll Need
For these drinks, you’ll need three things: a blender, plenty of crushed ice, and tons of fruit. Having some mint, soy milk, coconut milk, as well as some vodka and bourbon will help too. You’ll also be wise to have a few tall, chilled glasses handy, as they will help to enhance these cool, summertime drinks that much more.

Tropical Fruit Freeze 
As long as you have enough fruit, this summer drink is about as easy as it gets. All you need to do is toss a peeled orange, banana, and mango in a blender with either soy or rice milk and whip it up until it's smooth. It’s guaranteed to be fruity and refreshing, perfect for a summer’s day.

Dragon Fruit and Coconut Shake
Odds are, you haven’t had this combination of fruits before, but drinking this shake will make you feel like you’re on a beach somewhere. You’ll need a dragon fruit and a banana mixed with a cup of coconut juice or coconut milk. Put all that into a blender with a cup of ice cubes and half a cup of coconut meat. Blend it all up and you’ll have the perfect summer drink.

Regular lemonade can be a little boring, but feel free to add a new twist to a classic drink by making yourself a tall glass of watermelonade. Simply liquify five cups of watermelon in a blender and add a touch of lemon juice and a few ice cubes. It’s that easy to make yourself a cool summer drink, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, feel free to add a little mint, just to make the drink feel a little fancier.

Cranberry-Ginger Martini
For those hot summer nights, nothing will hit the spot like a cranberry-ginger martini. Throw some ice, 2 oz. of cranberry juice, and half an ounce of lime juice into a martini shaker (with some vodka, of course). Pour the mixture into a martini glass with half an ounce of tonic water and just a touch of powdered ginger. At the end of a long summer day, it’ll hit the spot.

Mint Julep 
This is an old-school cocktail, and fortunately, it’s vegan-friendly. First, mix a cup of water with a cup of sugar and bring to the boil for five minutes in a saucepan. Then pour into a container with seven sprigs of fresh mint and cool in the refrigerator to create a mint simple syrup. Next, crush three mint leaves at the bottom of a glass before adding two oz. of bourbon whiskey, one Tbsp. of your simple syrup, and plenty of ice. Stir it up and you’ll have a classic mint julep.

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