Refreshing Drinks for the End of Summer

Hawthorne Gardens - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The hot days just won’t seem to go away! Make these delicious, non-alcoholic beverages to help you cool off.

Kale, Pineapple, and Banana Smoothie

refreshing smoothie in a mason jar

Green smoothies get a bad rep sometimes, but this drink is nothing short of delicious, healthy, and refreshing!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of coconut milk
  • 2 cups of stemmed kale (you can substitute spinach if desired)
  • 1 ½ cups of chopped or frozen pineapple
  • 1 ripe banana, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Place the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth, for about one minute.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick for your taste, add water until you reach your desired consistency.

Non-Alcoholic Mojito

non-alcoholic mohito garnished with mint and lime

If you’re a mojito fan, this drink will quench your thirst without the buzz!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of lime juice (freshly squeezed is preferred)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves
  • About 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup or agave nectar (more or less depending on your desired level of sweetness)
  • 2 cups of sparkling seltzer water
  • Lime slices/wedges to garnish, if desired.

Instructions:

  1. Put the lime juice, mint leaves, and sweetener into a large glass, stirring to combine.
  2. Place ice into two glasses, and equally divide the juice mixture into each.
  3. Pour one cup of sparkling seltzer water into each glass.
  4. If desired, garnish with lime slices or wedges.

These healthy and refreshing recipes are sure to keep you cool at the end of summer here at Hawthorne Gardens.

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