Super Sippers

Hot-weather thirst quenchers:

  • For a subtle citrus flavor in ice water, add slices of lemon, lime, or orange. Or add fruited or floral ice cubes: freeze fruit juice or edible flowers in your ice cube trays. To learn about edible flowers, see "Please Don't Eat the Daffodils"in chapter 13.
  • Combine one 6-ounce can of grapefruit juice or cranberry-mango cocktail concentrate with two 12-ounce bottles of chilled club soda. Serve with a sprig of fresh mint. Serves four.
  • Make a fruit smoothie. In a blender, puree berries, sliced kiwifruit, mango, or pineapple chunks, and frozen limeade concentrate. Perhaps add a little fresh mint. For convenience, try canned and frozen fruit for smoothies!
  • Create your own shakes. In a blender, puree melon chunks or peach slices with buttermilk, crushed ice, and a touch of ginger or cinnamon until smooth.
  • Use silken tofu as a great nondairy alternative in a creamy shake. Add a little juice and frozen fruit; puree until smooth.

Cold-weather belly warmers:

  • Simmer cranberry-apple juice with cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and orange peel for about twenty minutes. Strain. Stir in fat-free dry milk powder and vanilla extract. Heat through.
  • Add anise seeds, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves to ground coffee. Prepare hot coffee using the spiced ground coffee. Lighten with warm milk.
  • Scoop praline or chocolate-swirl frozen yogurt into a mug. Pour hot cocoa or coffee over the top. Stir with a cinnamon stick.

as a host, don't feel a need to refresh your guests' drinks.

• Order a "virgin" cocktail: nonalcoholic mixers without the liquor. Mix in juice, carbonated water, or a soft drink instead. Remember the garnish! See

"Kitchen Nutrition: Super Sippers" for more ideas.

• Bring bottled water or soft drinks to a picnic or a sports event to be sure you have a nonalcoholic option.

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