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It’s hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner, but your calendar doesn't lie - it's filled with social events and celebrations! Even as you attend the never-ending catch-ups and festivities, there’s plenty of ways you can socialise without overdoing it on the food or drinks. Whether you’re hosting a party or you’re on your way to one, have a go at making these refreshing drinks, which come without the added sugar or alcohol.
Young or old, we all love a fruity-licious drink that’s easy-to-make and refreshing. Pool together some ice cubes, cranberry juice, sparkling water, with a handful of fresh grapes, cranberries and raspberries and you’ll be laughing.
Half-fill tall glasses with the ice cubes before evenly dividing the cranberry juice and sparkling water into each glass. Stir gently and top with the fruit (halved or muddled) before serving.
Here’s a drink you can take with you anywhere.
All it takes is for you to mash a handful of mint leaves, peel and slice some cucumber, and combine with water. Fill up your drink bottle or serve in a pitcher for everyone to enjoy. Best served chilled.
This one’s a winner if you’ve got time and a blender on your side.
Cut four cups of seedless watermelon into chunks before pureeing in a blender. This should give you about three cups of pureed watermelon. Pour two cups into a standard ice cube tray and freeze overnight, leaving the remaining cup in the fridge.
When you’re ready to serve, blend the frozen watermelon with the remaining watermelon puree, one quarter of a cup of fresh lime juice and a cup of soda water. Keep blending until you’ve got a thick, smooth consistency before stirring in one and a half tablespoons of fresh, muddled mint. Pour into two tall glasses or four fancy martini glasses and garnish with fresh mint leaves.
Summer might be just around the corner, but there’s still nothing quite as refreshing as a pot of freshly-made tea – regardless of the weather. If you’re heading out to a picnic or you’re expecting friends for dinner, give this infused green tea a go.
In a large saucepan, bring water, strips of lemon peel and thinly-sliced, peeled ginger to the boil before reducing heat. Simmer for 10 minutes and then remove lemon and ginger, using a slotted spoon. Place green tea bags (or loose leaf tea) in a teapot and immediately add simmering, lemon-infused water.
Cover and let this brew for one to three minutes before removing the tea. Serve immediately in mugs or pour into a flask, ready for a picnic.