Recipes: Summertime Sipping

Blending frozen fruit drinks is a great summer pastime, with limitless possibilities. Slurp them with a straw, freeze them into pops, or add plain yogurt or kefir (a yogurt drink) to make them into a breakfast meal. Here are some favorites to start with.

  • Watermelon Slush - The ultimate refreshment for a hot day: blend equal parts watermelon and ice.

  • Purple Palm Berry Smoothie - The açai berry, also known as the Brazilian palm berry, is so rich in that luscious dark berry essence, that it is almost like chocolate - and it has the anti-oxidants to match. Açai berry pulp is sold frozen in health food stores and many major supermarkets. Blend it with orange juice and bananas for a sweet, slightly tart purple shake. (Substitute frozen strawberries if you cannot find açai berries.)

  • Lemon Soda - Children often crave the taste of real lemons. You can let them suck on a cold lemon in the summer, as my kids do, or teach them about the tart and sweet deliciousness of homemade lemon soda. The trick is to start with a sugar syrup, so you don't end up with undissolved grains of sugar. I use golden-colored raw sugar, because I like the fuller taste, but white sugar works, too.


  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (4 to 6 lemons)

  • 1 cup cane sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 4 cups chilled seltzer water


1. Heat 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Let cool.

2. Mix with the lemon juice, and then add about 4 cups of cold seltzer.

3. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve with sliced lemons and ice.