Limey Rooibos Cooler

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This is a mix between an iced tea and a limeade. It uses red bush tea as it is naturally caffeine free, and the fruit and juice blend nicely to make a great summer drink. I have made it with different mixes of sweeteners, and prefer the brown sugar taste, but all of the options are nice.

Ingredients:

  • Rooibos (Red Bush) Tea Bag 1
  • Limes 5
  • Brown Sugar 1/2 cup, or White Sugar 1/2 cup, or Stevia 4 well rounded Tbs
  • Water 1.5 litres

Method:

Juice four limes and put rinds and remaining pulp in a jug. Slice one lime finely and add to the jug. Add the sweetener, and tea bag.  Heat 250 to 500 ml of water in a kettle and then pour over the fruit and sweetener.  Allow to steep for 2- 3 minutes, then remove the tea bag. Pour remaining juice into the jug, along with the remaining water. Chill for at least half and hour leaving the fruit rinds and slices in the mixture.

Serve over ice.

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Very Berry Cooler

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Here is another cooling summer drink which is great after an afternoon of gardening.  It uses grape juice, cordial, and coulis for a great fruity blend, and sugar-free lemonade for a hint of fizz. Chilled nicely it really hits the spot.

Ingredients:

  • White Grape Juice 200 ml
  • Strawberry Cordial 75 ml
  • Raspberry Coulis 2 Tbs
  • Diet Lemonade (Sprite) 50 – 100 ml (to top off)

Method:

Stir cordial and coulis together in a glass, and add the chilled grape juice. Give a stir, and then add the chilled lemonade to top off.  Again a simple drink, and very tasty. Garnish with a fresh berry on the side of the glass.

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Lime Blast Smoothie

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Here is another clean bright-tasting summer drink.  It has some citrus blast to it, and I find it really refreshing. Made will both frozen banana and ice, it has a great cooling effect as well.

Ingredients:

  • Limes 2
  • Coconut Milk 400 ml
  • Spinach Leaves 5 or 6
  • Stevia 1 tsp heaped
  • Banana 1
  • Ice 1.5 cups

Method:

Peel and freeze the banana at least 4 hours ahead.  Then when ready to prepare, juice and zest the limes.  Add the zest and juice to a blender. Add the leaves and milk and blitz for 30 seconds to a minute.  Break the banana into pieces and to the blender along with the sweetener and ice.  Blend until smooth and all the banana has been liquefied. makes 2 glasses.

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