I don't know what summer is like where you are, but it can be pretty brutal here in the Carolinas. We've had a lot of days in the 90's with humidity to match the temps. The girls and I like to go out in the mornings to do something fun; this serves the triple purpose of having fun, learning, and wearing them out for naptime. Then, while they're resting, I make myself a special and refreshing drink while I do some work from home. Since I make this a daily treat, I've pretty much mastered how to make something icy and delicious without making something super unhealthy. Enjoy here my top 5 favorites in no particular order. :)
Maple-Vanilla French Soda
A few weeks ago a friend of ours met us at the train, and we went into the city for a few hours to enjoy our favorite splash pad and park. It was a warm day, so we stopped by another favorite spot, Amelie's French Bakery, for treats before coming back home. I loooove their espresso drinks, but it was mid-afternoon by that time, so I decided to try something new. The French Sodas caught my eye; Afton and I decided to share the Creme Brulee French Soda, and it was sooooo good. I had to figure out how to make a healthier version of this for at home. Here's what I've landed on, and, if you're in need of a cold, creamy, slightly sweet, and a little bit fizzy drink, this is the one for you.
1 cup milk of your choice (I've used cashew, coconut, whole milk, and half-n-half, and all are tasty)
2 full cans of soda water (unflavored)
1-2 TBSP maple syrup
1-2 tsp vanilla
Place ice cubes in a or quart jar. Add maple syrup and vanilla and mix together. Add 1 can of soda water. Add milk. Add second can of soda water. Enjoy!
Cold Brew Latte
You knew this would be included in the list, right? It's hot, but I'm still a mom which means coffee is still required. This is the perfect way to get the necessary caffeine without breaking a sweat. Also, my milk steamer/frother has CHANGED MY LIFE.
1 serving Cold Brew (you can make it or buy it)
1 cup frothed (but not steamed) milk
drizzle of maple syrup or flavored syrup (optional)
Fill large glass with ice cubes. Add your desired amount of coffee and milk. If you prefer a sweeter coffee, add a splash of your favorite flavored syrup or a drizzle of maple syrup. YUM!
Boba Tea or Smoothie
This was an almost daily part of our time in San Fran. I'd never tried boba tea before, but I think I had it at least 4 times while we were there, and now I'm mildly obsessed. So we ordered boba and have been experimenting with it ever since. My favorite is to have it in a smoothie, but I've also hit on two tea versions that did not disappoint. Check all three out below.
For all three recipes, cook the boba according to package directions. We like ours a little chewy, so we cook it for the least amount of recommended time.
1 recipe Boba (based on the package)
2 cups frozen fruit of your choice
1 TBSP lemon juice
2 TBSP coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup
Enough water to allow mixture to blend smooth
Blend everything except boba in a blender until smooth. Pour into glass. Add boba. Tasty!
Chai Tea Version
1 recipe boba
1 chai tea bag (whatever your favorite is)
1 tbsp coconut sugar
1/4+ cup milk of your choice
Steep the tea according to directions. Sweeten according to taste with sweetener of your choice (I love coconut sugar for this one). Add milk; start with 1/4 cup, but feel free to add more to make it extra creamy. Add ice and boba. It's soooo good!
Fruit Tea Version
1 recipe boba
1 tea bag of your favorite fruit tea (I highly recommend this one)
1+ cup fruit juice of your choice (I love a 100% juice mango blend)
Steep the tea according to package directions. Remove tea bag and pour into juice. Add boba, ice, and enjoy!
My original plan in making this list for you was not to share 3 different boba recipes, but when it came down to it I simply couldn't decide which one to share. They're all distinct and yet delicious, but I don't want anyone to feel cheated, so I'm going to include a bonus icy treat. ;)
Raspberry Watermelon Fizzer
We joined a CSA for the summer through a local farm. We have been LOOOOVING all the fresh, local fruits and veggies. Last week our box included a watermelon that probably should've been entered into a competition; it was huge! I had to do something with the load of watermelon before it got over-ripe and mushy, and I'd say this hit the nail on the head.
6 cups watermelon cut into chunks
1 half pint raspberries
1+ cups sparkling water
Put fruit in the blender and blend. Add sparkling water. Enjoy the fruity, fizzy goodness.
And, just as a loving PSA from me to you, I should also mention that Talenti's Mango sorbet is the best thing ever. Healthy? Probably not. But it tastes like pure mango perfection.
So tell me, what are your favorite summer treats? Any other mommas out there who thrive off of their afternoon drinks?