I have a weakness for a good, sweet fruity drink. Something like a good brisa or lemonaide, or better yet a strawberry or raspberry lemonaide. These are great on those hot days of summer, sitting on the front porch watching kids playing in the sprinkler with the neighbor kids while chatting with their parents.
Oh wait, that was Mayberry where everything was black and white and moms were always skinny, in heels and pearls and the house was perfect and so was life. Not like my house at all. No, at my house mom can no longer wear heels after a nasty foot break and the resulting screws to hold it together. And the running through the sprinkler usually results in cut grass and mud being tracked through the house. And the porch is littered with scooters, soccer balls and unwound hoses and assorted other things.
But I do have a couple of recipes for a brisa and a fruit lemonaide that use no sugar and are one of the best I have ever tasted. Try them out this weekend.
Brisa de Mora Negra ("Breeze of Blackberry" smoothie)
3 cups ice cubes
1 (13 0z) can coconut milk (find in the Asian food aisle at store)
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
Honey to taste
Whip it all up in a blender or using a stick blender, pour into glass, turn the sprinkler on, sit back and enjoy.
1 (12 oz) can frozen pineapple juice concentrate
4 lemons juiced
6 cups water
Blend with 6 cups ice cubes and enjoy.
I make this for the family all the time. I use a gallon sized pitcher, one with a plunger in the lid for mixing (think Pampered Chef). After I have juiced the lemons, I will slice another one and put the slices in the bottom of the pitcher before I add the fruit. Fresh strawberries are the absolute best in this lemonaide. I don't always blend the ice, sometimes I just throw it in to keep the drink cool.
This is the absolute best cool drink I have ever had. Really. And it tastes like lemon, not pineapple at all.
Oh, I need to go make me some now because now I am thirsty and hear my front porch calling.