Summer Sips

Summer Sips


Are you hot enough yet?

No matter where you live in the world, it is Summer. Some places have higher temperatures than others but nonetheless you want a nice cool down to keep you going in the heat. I have a few special recipes that I think you will love. I’m crushing on them all!

1. Carrot Bomb Elixir

This baby is packed with vitamins and on a hot day keeps you energized for your to-do list.

What’s in it:

*Carrots of course freshly juiced

* Papaya freshly juiced

* Rainier Cherries freshly juiced

*Lemons freshly juiced



Juice about 8 medium carrots, 1/2 papaya and 20 rainier cherries in your juicer. Make sure you peel and pit the fruit and vegetables. Pulse together the basil and parsley in a small food processor. Add to a 12-18 ounce glass or to-go container. Sprinkle herbs into each glass of juice. Squeeze 2 teaspoons of lemon juice on top and stir. Serve with ice.


3. Watermelon Lemonade Slush

Ok, what can I say about Watermelon? It has naturally cooling properties and is made up of more than 90% water and will keep you hydrated on a hot day. I made this when were experiencing 100 degree temps here in Texas and let me tell you, it hit the spot.

So what’s in it??

Super easy!

I blended chunks of watermelon in a blender until smooth and frothy. I added some of my lemonade base (see Cucumber Basil recipe) to the blender with ice. The mixture became icy and slushy….perfect for Summer. Add to your favorite glass and smile.



2. Cucumber Basil Lemonade

I’m a sucker for Cucumber anything and when I stopped at my grocer and saw that cucumbers were on sale for 15 cents, I bought like 20. Then I had to find a way to use them all. Of course, I made some cucumber juice and made a lemonade, the official drink of Summer.

Here’s how I made it:

Juiced 6 lemons (should yield about a cup of lemon juice)

Added one cup of the fresh cucumber juice

Made a simple syrup of 1/2 cup agave syrup and hot water

6 cups fresh water

Basil leaves

Cucumber slices for garnish

1 inch piece of ginger (juiced)

Put it all in the pitcher and stir

Serve over ice


Cheers to Summer!