Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cool Down in CLE with These Easy Drink Recipes Straight from the Garden!

Man, it's HOT IN CLEVELAND! And with the steamy temps and pop up thunderstorms, my garden is going--bananas! So here are a few drink recipes I found to use straight from my garden to cool down in CLE! And tomorrow is supposed to top 90 degrees again so...cheers!

Garden Ingredient: Chocolate Mint
Drink: Chocoffee Mint Milkshake
Source: Pinterest via Food Frenzy
Total Time: 2 mins
Serves : 3 tall glasses

  • 500 ml full fat milk Or skimmed milk
  • 250 gms dark chocolate chunks
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp instant espresso coffee powder
  • 14 to 15 chopped mint leaves
  • few ice cubes
  1. Double boil dark chocolate Or microwave on high power for a minute.
  2. Combine melted chocolate, mint leaves, cocoa powder and espresso. Grind them into a processor until they combine well.
  3. Now add milk and ice cubes. Grind again until they are evenly incorporated. Check the taste add if sugar required.
  4. Serve in tall glasses Or mugs. Garnish with chocolate shavings, mint leaves Or a dollop of icecream.
Source: Pinterest via Amanda Colo

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup lemon verbena leaves
  • 5 cups fresh lemon juice, strained (from about 24 lemons)
  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  2. Remove from heat, and add lemon verbena.
  3. Cover, and steep for 15 minutes.
  4. Strain through a fine sieve, and let cool completely.
  5. Combine lemon juice and lemon verbena syrup in a pitcher.
  6. Fill glasses with lemon verbena ice, and divide lemonade among glasses.
Garden Inredient: Lavender
Lavender Cocktail
Source: Pinterest via Kate Cooper

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