Almost every restaurant you set foot in seems to have at least one signature item that guests love to rave about. It’s not as often that menus include unique and memorable beverages, however. Elizabeth Feltham’s Summer Drinks cookbook is filled with an assortment of refreshing non-alcoholic beverages from restaurants all over Canada that are great for any summer occasion. Whether you’re looking for a citrusy thirst quencher, a caffeinated afternoon pick-me-up, or a light breakfast smoothie, this cookbook is your go-to guide for drinks both you and your kids can enjoy.
The book transitions smoothly from classic summer favorites such as lemonades and limeades to sophisticated mocktails. The second half of the book features refreshments such as iced coffees and fresh smoothies. Nutrient rich juice drinks and decadent desserts such as malts and sorbets are included as well. Each recipe is short, sweet, and easy to follow.
Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes are the epitome of summer flavor and are packed with vitamin-C. You’ll have that Awesome Orangeade fresh and ready-to-drink before your sun-screen even sets in! Are your kids dying to have a lemonade stand? The Lemon-Grass Lemonade from the Urban Herb will be a sell-out for sure.
As you flip through the section of mocktails, the pretty pictures will inspire you to create a guest list for a relaxing day by the pool. You and your girls can beat the heat with a classic mojito, or satisfy that sweet tooth with the White-Chocolate Non-Martini. Even the Summer Fresh Tomato Juice from Rundles in Ontario would be perfect poolside, especially when made with ripe tomatoes from your garden or a local produce stand!
You can enjoy the cold and crisp beverages found in this cookbook even if you have to work long hours in the summertime. Awaken your senses in the morning with the Iced Peppermint Pattie coffee and then kick back and relax in the evening with a glass of Lemon Mint Iced Tea or a Cucumber Smoothie. And don’t forget dessert—both the Double Blueberry Malt and the Banana Raspberry Milkshake look delicious!
Feltham has used her food critic expertise to compile all of her favorite recipes into a book that will make your summer sweeter than it’s ever been. Next time you find yourself in need of a crisp, cool, and refreshing sensation, flip open a copy of Summer Drinks. If you can’t take the heat, get in the kitchen and make one of these ice cold beverages!