Let your summer begin with non-alcoholic drinks that tickle your nose and remind you of the carefree joys of longer, warmer days.
Memorial Day is upon us, which is a moment for friends and families to gather and celebrate our freedom, remember those who sacrificed so much for us and turn our thoughts toward the summer ahead.
This has me thinking about my ideal summer day, which involves sitting in the shade in the afternoon, having had an outdoor adventure of some sort (in the garden, on a hiking trail, at a beach…I could go on!). In my hand is an icy glass, perspiring in the late-day heat. And in that glass is something fizzy.
Somehow, a fizzy drink feels colder and more refreshing to me than a “still” one. I don’t know why that is, but I suspect it has something to do with the bubbles that flutter around the rim of the drink, tickling my nose and upper lip with every sip. It’s like a miniature dash through a tiny sprinkler that’s connected to a fresh, cold hose.
On this day that’s been dubbed “the unofficial start of summer,” here are some easy, refreshing, non-alcoholic blends that sparkle and fizz like the sun dancing off a still pond.
1. Stir together equal parts lemonade and sparkling water in an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
2. Combine equal parts ginger ale and pineapple juice. Serve over ice garnished with a wedge of fresh pineapple.
3. Add fresh cucumber slices to a pitcher of sparkling water. Stir in the juice of a lime and serve over ice with lime wedges for additional citrus.
4. Stir a drizzle of honey into sour cherry juice until dissolved. Combine the sweetened juice with an equal part sparkling water and stir in some torn basil leaves. Let steep for an hour, then serve over ice, garnished with a sprig of fresh basil.
Cheers to a positive summer!