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days, plenty of sunshine, sultry temps – summer’s here, and if
you’re anything like me, the hot weather leaves you wanting nothing
more than to kick back under a nice shady spot, slack off, sip cold,
frosty drinks and daydream the afternoon and evenings away. Whether
you’re indulging in some good quality lazing-about time all by your
lonesome, or enjoying a balmy night on the patio chatting it up with
your best buds, these three cool, fruity, non-alcoholic beverages are
sure to keep you happily hydrated.
6 cups de-seeded watermelon
chunks (use seedless if, like me, you’re lazy)
In a blender, purée the
watermelon in batches, adding the mint leaves, if you’re using them,
to one of the batches. Zizz it all up until nice and smooth. Pour the
watermelon puree into a large glass pitcher, and add water and sugar to
taste, as needed (it'll depend upon how sweet and juicy your melon is,
and how thick you like your beverage -- expect to add a couple of cups
or so water for a drinkable consistency). Serve chilled with plenty of ice.
2 ripe mangos
Cut up the mangos. I find the easiest way to get the job done is to slice the mango in two fat cheeks on either side of the pit, then pop the skin inside out and scoop out the flesh. I then peel off the skin that remains around the pit, and remove as much of the rest of the fruity flesh as I can. Toss the fruit into a blender. Add one cup of water, along with the lime juice, and give the mixture a good blend for a minute or two, until thick and smooth. Strain the puree through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing the liquid through with a spoon. Discard the pulpy bit. Add another cup of water or so to the strained puree until you have a good, drinkable consistency. Add sugar to taste. Serve chilled with plenty of ice.