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Watermelon Lemonade(Serves 6 -8)
To serve as an adult drink, simply add a little rum, gin, or vodka.
1/2 cup sugar
8 cups water, divided
3-4 cups cubed watermelon
1-1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juuice
Combine 1/2 cup of sugar (add more sugar if you like your lemonade sweet) with 1 cup of water. Heat it in a microwave for 1 minute to dissolve the sugar and pour into a large pitcher.
Puree the watermelon cubes in a blender. Put the puree through a strainer to remove the pulp and seeds. Add the watermelon juice to the pitcher along with thelemon juice and about 7 cups of water. Stir to combine and serve in glasses over ice.
Iced Chocolate Latte
2/3 cup chocolate syrup
3 cups cold coffee
2 cups vanilla gelato or ice cream
Combine the chocolate syrup and coffee in a blender. Add the vanilla gelato or ice cream; blend until smooth. Add about 1 cup of ice; blend until smooth. Pour into tall glasses. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve immediately.
Orange Creamsicle Soda(Serves 6)
2-1/2 cups cold orange juice
3 cups cold seltzer water or club soda
In a large pitcher, stir together the orange juice and seltzer water. Taste for sweetness; add more sugar if desired. Pour the soda into 6 tall glasses, about halfway. Put 2 scoops of gelato in each glass. Add more soda to fill each glass to the top. Serve with long spoons and straws.
Very Berry Soda (Serves 6)
2 pints (4 cups) fresh raspberries
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 cups cold seltzer water or club soda
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
Puree the raspberries in a food processor. Strain through a sieve into a bowl; discard the seeds. There should be about 2 cups of puree.
In a large pitcher, combine the raspberry puree, sugar, and lemon juice. Add the seltzer and stir to combine. Place several scoops of strawberry gelato in a tall glass. Top with some of the blueberries. Fill the glasses with the raspberry seltzer mixture. Serve with long spoons and straws.
Frozen Peach Bellini
2 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and cut into wedges
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup peach schnapps
1 cup crushed ice, more if necessary
1 cup Prosecco, chilled (plus a little more to top off glasses)
Thinly sliced peach wedges for garnish (optional)
Place the peaches and sugar into a blender; puree until smooth. Place the mixture into the refrigerator to chill completely. (You can leave the puree in the blender container.)
Remove the chilled peach pureee from the refrigerator. Add the lemon juice, peach schnapps, crushed ice and Prosecco to the peach puree. Pulse to combine the ingredients. Equally divide the mixture into champagne flutes and top off with additional Prosecco. Garnish with thinly sliced peach wedges (optional).
Limoncello is one of southern Italy's best-known drinks. Limoncello adds sweet tang to bubbly, blended, or on-the-rocks cocktails.
In a large bowl, gently whisk together 16 ounces of Prosecco, 4 ounces Limoncello, and 4 scoops of slightly softened lemon sorbet until thick. Pour into glasses and top with a fresh mint leaf. Makes 4
LIMONCELLO ICED TEA
Shake 2 ounces of Limoncello with 8 ounces of iced tea. Pour over ice and serve with a lemon wedge. Makes 1
Combine 4 ounces chilled Prosecco, 1-1/2 ouncesof Limoncello, and 1 ounce of chilled grappa in a champagne flute. Makes 1
Serve these refreshing, easy-to-make summer drinks to keep you cool on a warm summer day. Try our creative twist on a classic lemonade recipe, our fruit-flavored and kid-friendly sodas, a simple and delicious iced coffee, or a frozen version of the classic bellini cocktail.