Refreshing Summer Drinks To Sip Away This January

News| 29th December 2021
Refreshing Summer Drinks To Sip Away This January
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Beat the heat this summer by mastering some new summer drink recipes. Combine seasonal fruits with juices, nectars and aromatic garnishes to spritz up any family barbecue or summer picnic with friends.

Before you get stirring, stock up on all the right accessories to do these mixers justice. Elevate your drinks with the perfect set of glasses and streamline the stirring process with a cocktail shaker set, large jug, rubber ice tray and metal straws – all of which can all be found at Target.

All that’s left to do is pick up your fresh fruits and other ingredients from First Choice Fruit and Veg then start mixing!

Watermelon no-jito

Flavour profile: fresh, fruity, sweet and zesty

Perfect glassware: cosmopolitan glasses from Target

What you need (serves: 4):

·       1kg watermelon, chopped

·       2 limes, sliced

·       1 cup soda water

·       ¼ cup caster sugar

·       Small bunch fresh mint

·       Ice cubes


1.    Start by simmering water and caster sugar in a saucepan, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

2.    Bring the sweet liquid to the boil without stirring for five minutes before setting aside to cool.

3.    Separately, pop your watermelon in a blender and mix until smooth.

4.    Muddle lime slices to release the juice before then adding them to a jug, along with the watermelon, soda water, lime juice and cooled sugar syrup.

5.    Stir to combine and add your fresh mint.

6.    Finally, add a sugared rim to your glasses by combining extra sugar and lime rind on a small plate and fill a separate small bowl with water. Dip the rim of your glass in the water, then in the sugar mixture. Fill a third of each glass with ice, pour in your watermelon mixture and serve!

Strawberry sensation

Flavour profile: Sweet, citrusy, fresh

Perfect glassware: margarita glasses

What you need (serves: 4):

·       8 strawberries, hulled

·       2 lemons, juiced

·       4 cups lemon-lime soda

·       1/2 cup white sugar

·       Ice cubes


1.    Just like the mocktail itself, this recipe is short and sweet. Add your strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and lemon-lime soda in a blender to combine.

2.    Add the ice and blend until smooth.

3.    Divide between glasses and garnish with a slice of strawberry on the rim for a sweet finish.

Cherry and ginger fizz

Flavour profile: tart, bitter, fruity and refreshing

Perfect glassware: Champagne flutes

What you need (serves 4):

·       100g jarred morello cherries, 2 tablespoons of syrup from jar

·       2 tbsp caster sugar

·       1 ball of stem ginger, sliced

·       1 lime, juiced

·       Alcohol-free sparkling wine

·       4 pieces crystalised ginger


1.    Bring the cherries, cherry syrup, sliced ginger and a splash of water to a gentle simmer in a small saucepan, breaking up the cherries with the back of a spoon as they soften.

2.    Remove from the heat and leave to infuse for an hour before straining into a jug, pressing the cherries to release maximum juice before leaving to cool completely.

3.    Place a tablespoon of the syrup you’ve just created into the bottom of four glasses (or even some champagne flutes).

4.    Add lime juice and top with chilled non-alcoholic sparkling wine. For something extra special, add a piece of crystalised ginger on the side of your glass before serving.

Icy pole punch

Flavour profile: fruity, sweet and tart

Perfect glassware: highball glasses

What you need (serves 4):

·       2 cups lemon-lime soda

·       2 cups lemonade

·       1 cup strawberries, sliced

·       2 mangoes, cubed

·       2 thin strawberry icy poles

·       2 thin mango icy poles


1.    This warm weather treat is the perfect antidote to hot days and sweet cravings. In a large jug, stir together soda, lemonade, sliced strawberries and mangoes.

2.    Pour the fruit mixture into glasses, garnishing each rim with a strawberry wedge and mango slice.

3.    Final step – place a thin icy pole upside down into each drink to create a sweet and fruity ice cube substitute!

Pineapple and passionfruit soda

Flavour profile: tangy and fruity

Perfect glassware: tumbler glasses

What you need:

·       Lemons

·       Passionfruit

·       Unsweetened pineapple juice

·       Caster sugar

·       Soda water

·       Ice cubes


1.    Simply place your pineapple juice, fresh lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

2.    Turn up the heat and simmer for 15–20 minutes until your fruit mixture is lightly thickened.

3.    Remove your saucepan from the heat, stir in the passionfruit pulp, and set aside to cool.

4.    Pour your mocktail mixture into a jug, cover and then refrigerate for 30 minutes before dividing between glasses.

Don’t forget to light up our feed with your fruity creations by tagging us on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #ABrighterYouIn2022.

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