With how cool and wet some of the weather has been in the last few months it is almost hard to believe we are experiencing hot and humid conditions. Next week is predicted to be a continued diet of warmth, just in time for multiple school track and field events as well as outdoor play days and year end trips. Take time to consume enough fluid to prevent dehydration. To change it up occasionally from water we have a few options.
The lemonade mixes introduced by Gourmet du Village have proven quite popular. Plain lemonade made with Meyer lemons – a sweeter fruit that is a cross between a lemon and mandarin orange – plus three different flavoured varieties continue to be available.
- Cherry lemonade
- Peach lemonade
- Raspberry lemonade
They make wonderful additions to a gift basket as well as a tasty cool treat.
Iced teas are another option, and can be caffeinated or non-caffeinated. Each pouch of loose leaf Metropolitan Tea comes with an iced tea recipe on the back, which we also have on our tea page. While there is quite a selection of black, flavoured black and green teas in store there are also a number of non caffeine choices. Red teas are naturally without caffeine, as are the herbal teas plus fruit and herb tisanes. Decaffeinated black English Breakfast or Sencha Green teas are available too.
For those who love their coffee several options are available – flavoured or non flavoured – that can be used to make iced coffee. Our favourite recipe can be found on the coffee page, but for fun we have also experimented with a couple of quick options.
- 1 1/4 cup (300 mL) cold coffee
- 1/4 cup (50 mL) 5% cream
- 1 – 2 tsp sugar, or to add taste
Enjoy as is, or punch up the cold factor by adding ice – crushed or cubed will work. Use different percentages of cream to suit your taste, or for something different use chocolate milk instead of cream.
Which is your favourite?