Memorial Day weekend is considered by many as the opening of the summer season, and it’s a great time to throw a party or kick back and enjoy a tasty beverage. These are some fruity drink recipes we hope our Cobbler Square Lofts residents in Chicago, Illinois, will enjoy.
This classic lemonade drink dates back to the 1800s. It can give you a taste of how things were done hundreds of years ago, as well as a wonderful burst of lemony refreshment today. Start by gathering the following ingredients:
- 6 lemons
- 1 ¼ cups of pure cane sugar
- 1 ¼ cups of water
How to Make:
Peel the lemons and slice the rinds into half-inch pieces, then place in a bowl and cover them with the sugar. Let sit for one hour.
Boil the water in a saucepan and pour over the lemon-sugar mix and let stand for about 20 minutes. Once cool, scoop out the rinds.
Squeeze all six lemons into a separate bowl and then strain into the water mix. Stir thoroughly and refrigerate. Serve over ice.
For an adults-only version of this old-fashioned lemonade, include white rum.
Lemon-Mint Iced Tea
Combining the flavors of lemon and mint with a relaxing tea can do the trick on a Memorial Day weekend afternoon. Start by gathering these ingredients:
- 1 quart of water
- ¾ cup of pure cane sugar
- 6 bags of your favorite tea blend
- 1 peppermint tea bag
- ¼ cup of lemonade concentrate
How to Make:
Boil the water in a large saucepan and stir in sugar to dissolve. Quickly remove from heat.
Insert all of the tea bags and let sit for 30 minutes. Remove bags, thoroughly stir in lemonade concentrate and refrigerate. Serve over ice.
For an adults-only version of this relaxing beverage, omit the peppermint tea bag and include crème de menthe in the final serving.
Lime Sweet Iced Tea
This iced-tea beverage is wildly popular in southern states, such as Florida. So, why not bring a little of the Sunshine State north? Start by gathering these ingredients:
- 1 gallon of water
- 6 black tea bags
- 1 ½ cups of pure cane sugar
- 4 limes
How to Make:
Boil the water and pour over tea bags in a 1-gallon container that handles heat. Stir in sugar while hot. Let sit for 45 minutes, then remove the tea bags.
Squeeze the limes and pour in juice. Refrigerate and serve over ice. For an adults-only version of this Southern favorite, add Bourbon.
We hope our Cobbler Square Lofts members find these fruity drink recipes helpful. If you or a friend would like more information about our Chicago apartments, call us today.