Summer Sips

In honour of the (finally) good weather we’re having in Calgary, and in hope that it lasts, I’ve been whipping up some yummy summer drinks of the strictly non-alcoholic kind. The first is one of my favourites, my Mom’s Iced Tea.

Mom is a fantastic cook and used to always have a snack whipped up for my friends if we came over after school. This made her a favourite with my friends, who I understand still have cravings for some of her treats. Her refreshing iced tea is one of these. It’s also really easy to make, you just need to have a little foresight as to when the good weather is going to happen.

Boil two kettle’s worth of water and put into a large pot. Put in five black tea bags to steep. I use Orange Pekoe because that’s what I usually drink in the morning, but any black tea would do. When I was pregnant I used decaf tea. I think even Earl Grey would work, but it would definitely give you a different taste.

Steep the bags for about 15 minutes, then remove. Add a can of concentrated lemonade and stir until dissolved. The recipe then calls for 1/4 cup of sugar. My mom puts in Splenda instead of sugar. I’m actually not a big fan of sweetness and like it tart, so the sugars in the lemonade is enough for me. It’s not for everyone, though.

Then, just put into juice containers and refrigerate. It takes about a day to really be cool enough, so plan ahead if the afternoon looks like a scorcher. This is SO refreshing, you’ll love it.

The next drink I tried making was some recipe floating around Facebook, for a “Skinny Shake” guaranteed to taste exactly like a Wendy’s Frosty. I haven’t had a Frosty since I was in high school, but I remember them being awesome, so I said sign me up. Here’s the recipe:


3/4 cup almond milk

15 ice cubes

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1-2 tbsp cocoa powder

1/3 banana

Take all ingredients and blend. Super simple. What surprised me was how few calories are in almond milk. It’s like a quarter of what you find in skim milk!

My problem is I don’t have a blender and I find liquids in a food processor = disaster, so I just blended this with a hand blender. That meant that crunching up the ice was a no-go, so I just shook the blended drink with the ice cubes and served as such.

Summerdrinks4This was really good, and filling, and worked as a make-shift lunch when I didn’t really have much food in the fridge. Did it taste just like a Frosty? I’m pretty sure not really. So not totally as advertised, but it is something that I will happily make again. Maybe someday when I have a blender.

Word of the day:

Polyglot: (adj) having a command of many languages; written in, composed of, or containing many languages


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