Cinnamon Apple Cooler

 

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Made with Cream

Here is another summer cooler with a bit of bite.  I like the spicy taste, and the chill of the crushed ice.

Ingredients:

  • Ground Cinnamon 1 tsp
  • Apple Juice 750 to 1000 ml
  • Lemon Juice 1 tsp
  • Ground Cloves large pinch
  • Stevia 1 Tbs
  • Ice 2 to 3 heaped cups
  • Double Cream or Whipped Cream to garnish

Method place the ice into a blender and blitz until broken into medium pieces (this may only take a coupe of pulses).  Add the lemon juice, sweetener, spices, and juice and blitz until frothy. Allow to settle and pour into glasses. Top with a dollop of whipped cream, or stir in a tablespoon of double cream.

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Pineapple Lime Refresher

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Here is a sweet, yet clean tasting summer drink.  It blends pineapple and citrus with a hint of honey, and makes for a great treat after a day of gardening.

Ingredients:

  • Pineapple Juice 500 ml
  • Lime 1
  • Honey 2 tsp
  • Soda Water 150 ml (or as needed)
  • Ice 1 1/2 cup

Method:

Juice the lime and remove any seeds.  Place juice and any bits into blender and add the honey, ice, and pineapple juice.  Blitz until ice is totally broken up and pour 1/2 each into two glasses.  Top up with the soda water.

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Morir Soñando (No Added Sugar Version)

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Morir Soñando is a Caribbean drink which blends orange juice and milk to make a tasty treat.  This non-alcoholic option is similar in flavour to an orange creamsicle or solero. In the Dominican Republic it is typically made with cane sugar and evaporated milk.

This no added sugar version has the same flavour, but without the same “stickiness” on hot days.

Ingredients:

  • Milk 400 ml
  • Orange Juice 300 ml
  • Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (I used Crusha) 1 Tbs
  • Stevia 1 Tbs
  • Ice 1 1/2 cups

Method:

Place the ice into a blender, then add the other ingredients. Blitz for about a minute, and then serve.

As a matter of note, the traditional recipe uses a 2 to 1 ratio of milk/orange juice and a full half cup of sugar.  I prefer the slightly more orange taste of the above, though it still works well with the sweetener using the traditional ratio.

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Apple-Mango Cooler

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Here is another sweet(ish), fruity Spring and Summer drink.  It is less syrupy than some commercial drinks, and does have real fruit and juice in it.  It can be served over ice, or merely chilled, and either way it doesn’t take very long to make.

Ingredients:

  • Cloudy Apple Juice (Sweet Cider in US200-250 ml
  • Mango 1/2 cup fresh or frozen
  • Diet Fizzy Lemonade (Sprite, 7 Up) 200-250 ml
  • Citrus Slice to garnish
  • Ice optional

Method:

Place mango into a blender and add a splash of the apple juice.  Blitz into a puree. Pour half of fruit into a glass and add apple juice until glass is 1/2 full.  Stir gently, then top off with lemonade. Garnish with slice.

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Mint Mule Mocktail and Lighter Mule Option

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With Spring and Summer at hand, here is another cooling mocktail idea. The Mint Mule was a drink I first experienced while on a cruise, and which I have since sought to find a recipe to match (or better) the experience.  The non-alcoholic take on the Moscow Mule has many twists and turns, in the approach taken.  Some use fresh lime pulp, others lime juice or cordial.  Some draw on the bite of ginger beer, and others on the smoother taste of ginger ale. These particular recipes appeal to me, and my taste.  I hope you like it.

Simple Mint Mule:

Ingredients:

  • Ginger Ale 300 ml of a full sugar version (Canada Dry, Schweppes, etc.)
  • Lime Cordial 75 ml of a quality variety (Rose’s Original, etc) – most are of the 4:1 ratio recommendation)
  • Mint Leaves 4 -5
  • Ice 1 cup
  • Lime 1 slice to garnish

Method:

Fill glass about 1/3 to 1/2  full with ice or crushed ice.  Gently bruise half of the mint leaves and place over the ice.  Add the lime cordial and then top off glass with the ginger ale.  Add remaining mint and the lime slice to garnish.  For a sharper bite replace the ginger ale with Jamaican style ginger beer.

Lighter Mule:

This variation is lower in calories and has no added sugar (It has 12 to 20 calories) depending on the brands used.

Ingredients:

  • Diet Ginger Ale 300 to 330 ml
  • Lime Squash 50 ml of “no sugar added” variety these are typically 8:1 or 9:1 ratio recommendations
  • Mint Leaves 4 – 5
  • Ice 1 cup
  • Lime 1 slice to garnish
  • Lime Juice 1 Tbs (optional)

Method:

Fill glass about 1/3 to 1/2  full with ice or crushed ice.  Gently bruise half of the mint leaves and place over the ice.  Add the lime squash mix and then top off glass with the ginger ale.  Add remaining mint and the lime slice to garnish.  For a sharper bite add fresh or bottled lime juice.

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