Drinks to Beat the Heat

The summer heat has only just begun and we’re already experiencing some soaring temperatures! When it’s hot like the past few weeks have been (at least here in the Northeast!) the only thing I want to do is sit in the AC and sip something cool. Here are a few of my favorite drinks to enjoy on hot summer days.

I had Cardamom iced coffee for the first time last summer at Hampton Chutney Co which has a few locations in New York, and since then I have not been able to get enough! The cardamom is a strong flavor and not for everyone, but if you’re looking for something new go ahead and give it a try. The Food Yenta has her own guide to making this treat, a perfect way to add some excitement to your morning, or afternoon, coffee.

Watermelon is perhaps the most refreshing treat on a hot summer day – sweet and hydrating, I can’t think of anything better! Except perhaps a cool drink like this Watermelon Strawberry Agua Fresca from Food and Wine magazine.

Ingredients

2 quarts water

3 Tbsp dried hibiscus leaves

1/2 lemon, sliced

1/2 orange, sliced

1/4 cup simple syrup

Directions

Bring water to a boil and turn off heat. Add hibiscus leaves and let steep for 20 minutes.

In a large container or pitcher add simple syrup, citrus slices and orange slices.

Pour water through fine mesh strainer into container or pitcher. *Note: if using a glass pitcher, add a large metal spoon before pouring hot water to ensure the glass doesn’t break.

Pour tea over ice and serve with fresh mint and lemon slices.

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