Guide To Cool Summer Drinks

Recipes for great summer drinks, with or without alcohol by

Article by: Barbara Bowman

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A popular Mexican alternative to soft drinks the licuado combines fresh fruit and milk and honey or sugar then blended to a froth. This is the Mexican equivalent to the "smoothie". Here is a basic recipe:

Licuado de Leche
1 cup milk
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar or to taste
3/4 cup fresh fruit such as banana, cantaloupe, mango, papaya, strawberries, watermelon or guava.

Blend all ingredients in a blender until very smooth. Strain through a sieve to remove seeds or fibrous bits.

Licuados are also made with water, Licuado con agua with a slightly higher concentration of liquid to fruit and normally sweeter.

Garnishes For Drinks

lime_knot.jpg (13460 bytes) Lime Zest Knots
Choose a lime with an unblemished skin.  Use a lemon zesting tool (or a small sharp paring knife) and pare off a 2 to 3 inch strip of peel.  Be careful to avoid cutting into the white bitter pith. Tie the strip into a simple knot.  Place the knot on top of the pots de creme just prior to serving.  Knots can be made ahead of time and stored refrigerated in a tightly sealed plastic bag.  
 Fruit peeling starsSee Stars
Make thin slices of fruit peelings from lemons, limes, mango and cut with a star-shaped cookie cutter.  Float the pieces on top of drinks or punch. Make ahead and store refrigerated in a zip-lock plastic bag.




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Drink Stuff

Drink Measurement Conversions
1 dash = 6 drops
3 teaspoons = 1/2 ounce
1 pony - 1 ounce
1 jigger = 1 1/2 ounces
1 large jigger = 2 ounces
1 standard whiskey glass = 2 ounces
1 pint = 16 fluid ounces
1 fifth = 25.6 fluid ounces
1 quart = 32 fluid ounces

What is commonly know as a martini seems to have been invented in California. The term was first published in a bartender's guide around 1888 and also referred to as "The Martine".

Ice Cube Trays
According to Mary Bellis the very first ice cube tray was invented in 1844 by John Gorrie. The stainless steel version with an insert that twisted side to side to eject the cubes was invented in 1933 by Guy L. Tinkham.

Lime/Lemon Squeezers

It's the easiest way to juice limes or lemons!   It extracts only the juice and none of the pith like standard reamers do. This juicer makes quick work out juicing your limes for your summer drinks and is quite a bargain besides. At View Catalog

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