Kid-Friendly Recipes: Refreshing Drinks for Summer

| 5/18/2011 10:42:26 AM

Lisa KuhlmanLisa is a writer, budding photographer and herb enthusiast. She enjoys poking around in the garden, creating in the kitchen and reading a good book (when she’s not answering the call of “Mom!” from her five children).  

Ah, summertime—It's just around the corner! Remember your carefree summer days of playing outside, going swimming and catching fireflies? If you are lucky, maybe you still spend your summers that way! One sign of summer is a child with the ever-present red Kool-aid mustache. It's kind of cute, but I propose other healthy, tasty ways to cool off on a hot summer day.

Homemade Ginger Ale 

Homemade ginger ale is simple to make and tastes better than what you can buy at the store. Make a simple syrup by combining one cup of water and one cup of sugar and bringing it to a a boil. Chop one large rhizome of ginger root into small pieces (This is a good job for older children.) add it to the syrup, and simmer for 15 minutes. Allow the syrup to cool and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. If you prefer to strain out the ginger pieces, do it while the syrup is still warm. However, leaving the pieces in will continue to intensify the flavor. Add 2 tablespoons syrup to a glass filled with ice; fill the glass with club soda; and stir. Store the syrup in the fridge for up to a week.

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Don't have time to make ginger ale? Try some Ginger Zinger Tea. To add a colorful and flavorful twist to store-bought ginger ale, insert three or four bags of Raspberry Zinger tea into one 2-liter bottle of ginger ale. Be sure to tighten the top of the bottle back down to keep the carbonation in the soda. Allow to steep for at about an hour. Serve over ice.