When I’m standing on the sweaty platform of the New York subway all I can think about is the cooling drink that awaits me at home. Here are five quick ideas to help you survive the rest of the summer, when water just isn’t enough.
All drinks serve 4
Divide 750ml of grapefruit juice between glasses filled with ice. Top with sparkling water and and a few mint leaves.
Refreshing elderflower & ginger
Dilute 200ml of elderflower cordial in 750ml sparkling water. Stir in a few slices of peeled fresh ginger, a few wedges of lime and a handful of mint. Gently stir and pour over ice filled glasses.
Just right mojito
Make a quick sugar syrup by melting together 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup water on the stove. Bring up to the boil turn off the heat and stir in a handful of mint stems. Allow to cool. Put a shot of rum, 3 tbsp of cooled mint syrup, 3 tbsp lime juice into each each of your ice filled glasses. Top with fresh mint leaves and soda water, stir and serve.
Sinful iced coffee
Brew 1 litre of your favourite coffee and allow to cool. Stir in 8 tbsp of condensed milk and pour over ice filled glasses.
Stir together 500ml cranberry juice with 500ml red wine (or just 1 litre cranberry) with the juice of 1 lemon and sparkling water to taste. Serve over ice filled glasses with slices of peach, orange and lemon.