With all of this gorgeous sunshine of late, I have been swapping my usual mugs of tea for something a bit cooler and more refreshing and here are three of my favourites.
I feel a bit cheeky calling them ‘recipes’ as they are more of a suggestion if you are stuck for something a bit different to drink when the sun comes out.
I saw this idea on Pinterest so cannot take full credit! Rather than using ice cubes to make an iced coffee and end up with a watered down drink, simply brew some strong coffee in a cafetiere then freeze it in ice cube trays. When you want an iced coffee, simply pour a glass of cold milk, add your coffee ice cubes and you have a quick and easy drink. I add a little shot of rum or amaretto sometimes to turn it into a cocktail too!
Continuing on the cocktails, Ian and I have really got into Bloody Marys lately. I always order one of these whenever we fly but Ian’s homemade version is ten times better! I asked him for a recipe but I think we just follow the basic rule of ice, a glug of decent vodka, a dash of Worcester sauce, a dash of Tabasco or hot sauce and then top up with tomato juice and give it a stir with a stick of celery…yum!
Mint and Cucumber Water
Finally, when you want something really simple and thirst-quenching, having a jug of this to hand in the fridge is a godsend! Simply slice up some cucumber, grab a handful of mint and throw them in a jug of water. The mint and cucumber will gently infuse for a delicately-flavoured drink.