As summer heats up, the demand for refreshing cold beverages rises along with the temperature. Cool off customers with these five flavorful thirst-quenchers.
1. Passion Spiced Lemonade
This summer, lemonades in many flavors and colors splashed onto menus at both fast-casual and full-service restaurants. Although mixologist Pereyra focuses primarily on creating alcoholic drinks, he created this lemonade with the same attention to craftsmanship. Cardamom and ginger add intriguing spice.
2. Raspberry Soda
The recipe for shrubs—mixtures of fruit, sugar and vinegar—dates back to colonial times. Recently, chefs and bartenders have rediscovered these sweet-sour mixtures and are using them as a base for inventive drinks. Since shrubs are meant to be made ahead, they can be batched and refrigerated for two weeks, a move that eases the preparation of this tart and fruity soda at The Country Cat in Portland, Ore.
3. Kale Me Home
Flying Biscuit Cafe, a 14-unit Southern-style chain based in Atlanta, is taking its menu in a healthy direction with a new lineup of fresh-pressed juices and smoothies. This kale drink is sweetened with fruit and honey and spiked with ginger.
This fruity mango beverage has a mild kick balanced by citrus from a combo of ground chiles, lime and chamoy sauce—a savory pickled fruit condiment. Chef Woolley suggests serving the drink with tamarindo rolls, a Mexican candy, but if these are not accessible, paper or bamboo straws can substitute.
5. Sunny Spot
Mixologist Haasarud created a honey simple syrup that serves as the base for a variety of mocktails and low-alcohol cocktails. The Sunny Spot takes advantage of vitamin-packed carrot juice to give this refreshing drink a healthy twist. Spike the mocktail with an ounce of vodka and it effortlessly turns into a cocktail.