Fruity Spring Drinks You Must Try!
Spring is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than entertaining friends and family? Born and bred in North Carolina, southern hospitality is a huge part of my life. Whether I was hosting my daughter's friends for sleepovers, coordinating get-togethers with my girlfriends, or throwing dinners for family to enjoy- I love any excuse to plan parties and entertain guests!
Between party invitations, decorations and food, simple drinks that are sure to please make the perfect recipes! Fruity and calming flavors are an ideal way to quench your thirst! Whether you're in need kid-friendly recipes or decide to add a splash of liquor- you can't go wrong with serving these 5 drinks at your next outdoor party!
What are your favorite alcoholic beverage recipes? Share them with us in the comments!
Here are some delicious non-alcoholic recipes to try this spring:
1. Peach Lemonade (via What 2 Cook)- A fun twist on pink lemonade!
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups coarsely chopped peaches
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup lemon juice (about 4 to 6 lemons)
- 1 peach, cut into wedges
- Mint for garnishment
- In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine the first 3 ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 3 minutes. Place peach mixture in a blender. Remove the center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape) and cover the top with a clean dish towel. Puree until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
- Press peach mixture through a sieve over a large bowl, reserving liquid. Discard the peach solids. Stir in lemon juice.
- When ready to serve, add 1/2 cup ice to the glasses, and pour peach lemonade into the glasses. Garnish with peach wedges and mint.
2. Sparkling Cherry Lemonade (via Let's Dish Recipes)- fun drink recipe for kids!Prep Time: 10 minutes (does not include freezing pineapple chunks).Yield: 4
- 18 ounces pineapple juice
- 24 ounces Cherry 7UP
- 24 ounces lemonade
- Lemon wedges, fresh mint and cherries, for garnish
- Pour pineapple juice into ice cube trays and freeze until firm.
- When ready to serve, fill 8-12 ounce glasses about 1/4 full of frozen pineapple cubes. Fill glass halfway with Cherry 7UP, then top off with lemonade.
- Garnish with lemon wedges, fresh mint and cherries, if desired. Serve immediately.
3. Strawberry Iced Tea (via GeniusKitchen)- refreshing pink drink perfect for hot spring days!
Prep Time: 5 min (does not include cooling the tea)
- 2 cups whole frozen strawberries
- 32 fluid ounces brewed tea, that has been cooled
- 1⁄4-1⁄2cup white sugar (depending on how sweet you want the tea)
- 1⁄4cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Take 5 strawberries out of the bag and set aside.
- With the remaining berries, blend in a blender or food processor until smooth.
- Strain the pureed berries, discard seeds.
- Mix together pureed strawberries, tea, lemon juice, and desired amount of sugar.
- Chill until ready to serve.
- Serve with ice and reserved berries as garnishes.
4. Mint and Rosemary Lemonade with Vanilla (via Foolproof Living)- sophisticated lemonade that is easy to make (add gin if your having girlfriends over to make this more exciting).
Prep time: 1 hour
- 8 cups of cold water
- 8 large lemons, washed and cut in half
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 10 sprigs of fresh mint
- 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped seeds
- 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- Bring water to a boil in a large pot.
- Squeeze lemons. Place the juice and the juiced lemon halves in a non-reactive bowl. Sprinkle it with the granulated sugar.
- Add fresh mint, vanilla seeds, vanilla pod, and sprigs of fresh rosemary.
- Once water is boiled, pour it over the lemons. Give it a stir.
- Allow it to sit for 30 minutes on the kitchen counter to cool off.
- Strain. Pour it into mason jars or a pitcher.
- Place it in the fridge until ready to serve.
- To serve, garnish it with fresh rosemary, slices of lemon, and fresh mint leaves.
5. Mint Orange Cucumber Water (via Sugar & Soul)- refreshing spring drink with low sugar and calories. Perfect for infused water lovers!
- 8 cups water
- 1 cara cara orange sliced
- 1/2 European cucumber* sliced
- 5 mint leaves
Add all ingredients to a large pitcher and let chill for at least 1 hour to infuse. DO NOT infuse for more than 12 hours. You can remove the product from the water after 12 hours and store the water on its own in the fridge for up to 3 days.