Thursday, June 23, 2016

Refreshing Summer Drink Recipes

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Hey friends!  After today's post, I will be taking a blogging break for about a week and a half  to take a little vacation with LC for our 10th anniversary.  We will be going to sunny California and spending some time in LA, and we are so excited!  I will be sharing bits of our adventures on Instagram, and I'm going to try my best to use Snapchat, so you can follow me there at SweetparrishplaceNicki to catch some of our adventures.  Today, I am here to share some refreshing summer drink recipes with you guys, and they are just that, refreshing and delicious!  My daughter, Delaney and I had fun making these and enjoying some girl time on the back deck together.  And being surrounded by boys most of the time while she is at college, I definitely need some time just for girls!  Both of these recipes were made using the delicious DASANI® Sparkling Water in the new sleek cans, and you can enjoy these drinks all by themselves, straight out of the can, or you can use them to make some really fun sparkling drinks!  

For these drinks, I used two different flavors of  DASANI® Sparkling Water- Lime and Raspberry Lemonade.  DASANI® Sparkling makes a healthier yet flavorful beverage option, and after I bought these to use to make these yummy drinks, my husband would not leave me alone about wanting to drink them.  He likes them straight out of the can, and as soon as I gave him the go ahead to drink them, he drank three cans in about an hour!  I'm not even kidding!  So I will be adding these to my weekly grocery list for sure!  

I decided to break these recipes down to how to make just one 16 ounce glass serving each.  So if you are making more than one, you can adjust the recipe accordingly.  

Sparkling Cherry Limeade:
1 can of DASANI® Sparkling Water- Lime Flavored
1/4 cup of lime juice/or juice of 1 lime (I used lime juice)
4 maraschino cherries
1 TBS Cherry juice (from the jar of maraschino cherries)
1 1/2 TBS Honey
3 mint leaves- muddled (just take a spoon or something, and put the mint leaves in a bowl or glass and kind of smash them with the spoon)
1 slice of lime for garnish

Mix all of the ingredients, add to a glass with ice, and enjoy!

This drink was the one Delaney enjoyed on the deck, and she really loved it!  It was equal parts sweet and sour, and the mint added the perfect touch!  Don't forget to muddle the mint leaves, that is what brings our their flavor.  

If you are looking at these pictures and wondering about my wooden spool table, you can read all about it by clicking here, and you can see a tour of the top level of our deck here.  

Sparkling Raspberry Basil Lemonade:
1 can of  DASANI® Sparkling Water- Raspberry Lemonade flavored
Juice of 1 lemon
1 basil leaf- finely chopped (I'm happy to say I got these from my own Basil plant!)
1 basil leaf for garnish
4 raspberries- smashed with a spoon
4-6 whole raspberries
2 TBS honey
3 lemon slices

Mix all of these ingredients, add to a glass with ice, and enjoy!

This was the drink I had the pleasure of drinking, and oh my gosh, you guys, it is amazing!  I have a feeling this one is going to be on repeat for me all summer, and the sparkling cherry limeade was just as amazing!  

I have to say, I just love spending time on our back deck in the summer.  We are so surrounded by all things green and a cute little pond right behind our house.  It makes for lovely photos, don't you think?

Ever since my daughter was a little girl, she has wanted to be right by my side helping me out in the kitchen.  And now that she is 20 years old, she is no different.  All I have to do is say the word, and she is all about making something new and experimenting in the kitchen, even more so than me.  So we really had fun creating these drink recipes and just relaxing on the back deck with our creations!  I thoroughly enjoyed this little "break for bubbles" with my daughter, and a  little sparkle with a hint of flavor.  It was just what we needed!

Wouldn't you agree that these lovely drinks just scream summer time?  These would be great to make a whole pitcher of them if you are having a party, or for July 4th celebrations!

I found my DASANI® Sparkling Water in the new sleek cans at my Local Walmart, along with all of the other ingredients I used to make these refreshing summer drinks.  

I hope I inspired you today to give one of these drink recipes a try.  Let me know if you do in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!  Check out other recipes featuring the new DASANI® Sparkling Sleek Cans at Walmarthere!  And cheers to you this summer!  Don't forget to pop into Instagram and follow along on Snapchat (SweetparrishplaceNicki) to see some of our adventures on our first ever trip to LA!  This trip is on my bucket list, so we have a lot of fun and adventures planned to make the most of our week together- no kids!  It has been 5 years since we have went away for this long all alone, so we are so looking forward to it, although I'm sure the kids will be missed.  I will be back in about 1 1/2 weeks with lots of fun things to blog about, cheers!

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