Spring is taking its sweet time this year, but it is good to be hopeful for the picnic season that is around the corner. As soon as the sun makes its grand entrance with at least jumper temperatures, pin your first picnic day in your calendars. The company you invite is important but let’s be honest it is the snacks and picnic drinks that make it what it is. Unleash your inner bartender and shake things with the following five picnic drinks recipes for a day in a park.
As one of the wisest women in television Blair Waldorf once said: “Here’s my advice, have a little faith and if that doesn’t help have a lot of mimosas.”
Mimosa is your regular brunch drink that goes great with breakfast food whereas it is underrated as a regular go-to-drink, morning, lunch, dinner, night. You can adapt it to whatever you are doing and wherever you are doing it. So do not let anyone tell you a mimosa is no good for picnic drinks.
A traditional mimosa consists of only two ingredients. You can either have champagne or prosecco, entirely up to you. Pour it to half of the champagne glass and then add orange juice, freshly squeezed if you are feeling fancy.
The recipe is as simple as that. Of course, you can change the ratio to 2:1, if you’re feeling frisky.
2. Iced Sparkling Honey-Lime Red Tea
Do not get discouraged by the word ‘tea.’ The Spring picnic might not be the warmest ones. So even if this recipe if an iced tea, a warmer one would save us from wearing an extra layer. It can be one of the warmer picnic drinks.
This ‘Woman’s Day’ recipe for an iced sparkling honey-lime red tea is easy and straightforward. It requires more ingredients than a mimosa, but don’t let that scare you off.
Get yourself red tea bags; the recipe suggests Red Zinger. According to the package instructions, cook the tea, add honey and let it cool off until the temperature you want. Grab a pitcher or any other picnic appropriate jar, and mix it with lime juice and stir. Then ass club soda.
Right before serving, pour the mixture over ice and lime slices, and you have yourself an iced sparkling honey-lime red tea.
3. Grapefruit Citrus Sparkling Mocktail
This mocktail is set to hit all the cravings you might have from a non-alcoholic drink. Once again, the ‘A Beautiful Mess’ recipe is simple and leaves it up to you to make it as sweet or as sour you wish.
You will need 4oz of grapefruit juice, pour it into a glass with some ice cubes. Squeeze in a wedge of lime and a wedge of lemon. Then add 6oz of a soda of your choice: Sprite, 7up, club soda, or flavored sparkling water.
Depending on what team you are, if you prefer your drink sweeter, add simple syrup. The grapefruit juice might make the whole drink more on the sour side.
Finish off with garnishes like thyme, rosemary a piece of grapefruit.
4. Non-Alcoholic Sangria
Sangria is a traditional Spanish beverage, usually served as an alcoholic drink with red wine with cut up fruit pieces.
However, this recipe from ‘Simple Vegan Blog’ is a healthy version of Sangria, as an outstanding picnic drink. Instead of using red wine, use white grape juice that also has ‘a very intense grape flavor.’ Put the grape juice into a blender and add 1/4 cup of blueberries (40 grams). You’re adding blueberries to achieve the red wine color.
Once it is all blended, chop your fruit of choice. The common Sangria fruits are oranges, lemons, apples, pears bananas, and peaches. Put inside a fridge for two hours to achieve the cooling effect Sangria must have.
5. Watermelon Cooler
This list couldn’t go without a watermelon recipe. Watermelon is one of the favorite fruits signifying summer and warm weather. Watermelon cooler or a slushy may be harder to transport for a picnic, but with a portable fridge, you’re good to go and you have yourself a new addition to your picnic drinks.
The following ‘Mama’s Gotra Bake’ recipe is meant for more people, so depending on your blender feel free to halve the portions and do it in two rounds. The watermelon cooler requires more ingredients than previous recipes. We figured a list would be easier on the eye.
4-5 cups of seedless watermelon (1 medium-sized watermelon), cut into chunks
1/2 peeled cucumber, cut into chunks
5 -10 mint leaves roughly chopped
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
a pinch of salt
Place all the ingredients in your blender. Once is the mixture smooth enough, pour it over a strainer into a bowl. It will get rid of all the solids, and all is left is pure liquid. Bring back to a blender and add ice cubes for the slushy effect.
Do you have any picnic drink recipes you would recommend? Feel free to share them with us in the comments.
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