An icy cold beverage is the perfect way to finish off a hot day in the garden. Even better if that beverage starts with fresh juice like these three cooling beverages.
These summertime coolers might be just what you need to cool off. And making them with fresh fruit means they’re a bit healthier, too. No plastic jugs of “juice flavored” drinks here.
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Filled with small black seeds wrapped in a juicy orange membrane, liliko‘i — or passion fruit — grows on a vine that can get rambunctious in our mild Hawai‘i climate. I’m told there have been attempts to eradicate the vine as a pest.
I consider myself lucky to have one growing in my backyard. And hey, don’t tell anyone but we’re planting a few more!
There are a number of varieties of passion fruit. The yellow liliko‘i is the most common, but there’s also a purple variety and one known as Jamaican liliko‘i or peach liliko‘i.
I’m working on getting all three varieties (along with a giant passion fruit that is more melon-like) established here. Once they start fruiting, liliko‘i vines produce bucketloads of fruit.
One can only eat so much liliko‘i fresh out of hand, though, so I find myself juicing much of my bounty to turn into liliko‘i jelly and liliko‘i bread. I also use the juice to make a knock-your-socks-off liliko‘i gingerade.
You can freeze this passion fruit gingerade so you always have some on hand, too.
(It’s always a treat for guests who don’t have access to fresh passion fruit!) Here are some ideas for freezing it without using plastic containers.
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Passion Fruit Gingerade
Wash the unpeeled ginger and cut into 1″ lengths; place in a blender with 6 cups water. Pulse until ginger is chopped.
Strain ginger water into a pitcher or a half-gallon size Ball jar. Discard ginger.
Stir in liliko‘i juice and sugar. Chill and enjoy.
Mango Ginger Tea
Iced tea is very refreshing and my favorite part is being able to sweeten to taste.
Bring two cups of water, sugar, ginger and mango to a boil in a large pot. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat; steep tea bags in pot for 3-5 minutes. Allow to cool.
If you like a strong ginger flavor, process all ingredients in a blender (or use an immersion blender). Remove ginger for a lighter flavor.
Alternatively, leave the mango chunks intact.
Pour into a pitcher or large container; add remaining water and lots of ice.
Serve immediately, or keep in fridge to allow the tea to build flavor.
Watermelon Green Tea
The perfect refreshment with just a hint of natural caffeine.
- 2 green tea bags
- 3-5 mint leaves
- 2 cups watermelon juice
- 2 cups water
Boil two cups of water and steep the green tea bags for 3 minutes.
Add mint and steep for two minutes more. Allow to cool.
Add ice to a cup, fill ½ way with green tea and the remaining ½ with watermelon juice.
Garnish with mint leaves and watermelon ball, if desired.