Diet Detective's Summer 2014 Drink Recipes

Leave the usual seltzer and unsweetened iced tea at the grocery store. Instead, quench your summer thirst with refreshing nutrient-rich drinks like sparkling basil lemonade or cantaloupe-grapefruit agua fresca. Don't forget to see how long you have to dance, walk, bike, or swim to burn off the calories.

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Cucumber Agua Fresca

2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons water
1-3/4 cups peeled cucumber slices (about 1 medium cucumber)
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 large limes)
1-1/2 cups crushed ice
2 cups lime-flavored sparkling water, chilled
Cucumber ribbons (optional)

Makes 2 servings
Combine sugar and water in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high for 2 minutes or until mixture boils, stirring every minute. Set aside and let cool.

Place cucumber slices and 1/4 cup water in a blender; process until smooth. Strain mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl to measure 1 cup liquid; discard solids. Combine cucumber liquid and sugar syrup in a small pitcher. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until thoroughly chilled; stir in lime juice.

To serve, place 3/4 cup crushed ice in each of 2 glasses. Pour 1/2 cup cucumber mixture into each glass. Add 1 cup sparkling water to each glass. Garnish with cucumber ribbons, if desired.

Drink recipe from Cooking Light Chill: Smoothies, Slushes, Shakes,
Juices, Drinks & Ices

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Summer Wind

10 ripe blueberries, plus extra for garnish
2 ripe strawberries, plus 1 strawberry half for garnish
1-1/2 ounces fresh orange juice
1-1/2 ounces pineapple juice
1-1/2 ounces Jamaican rum
1 ounce coconut cream (such as Coco Lopez)
Pineapple leaf, for garnish

Makes 1 Serving
Combine all ingredients except garnishes in a blender. Mix on high for 10 seconds. Add 3/4 cup of ice. Blend on high for 10 to 15 more seconds until smooth. Garnish with the pineapple leaf, strawberry half and a few blueberries.

Drink recipe from 101 Tropical Drinks (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013)
by Kim Haasarud

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