Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Top Two…Summertime Refreshments

Today’s addition of TOP TWO

features cool refreshment for muggy days….and believe me, we know all about muggy here in the South.

(Cold winter = Hot summer, apparently.)

Here are our Top Two refreshing drinks for summer sipping:


1. Mitford Lemonade:  From the Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader, one of the best cookbooks I own, comes this tangy and sweet recipe for lemonade.  If all you’ve ever made is the weird yellow powder, you are in for a treat.

2 cups sugar

6 cups water

1/8 tsp salt

1 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice (7-8 lemons)

lemon slices

Prepare a simple syrup by combining sugar and 1 cup water in a small pan.  Place over high heat and boil for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let the sugar syrup cool.  Pour the simple syrup into a large pitcher and add the salt, lemon juice, and remaining 5 cups of sugar. Stir until combined.  Add lemon slices to the pitcher and serve over ice.

Ahh…hits the spot.

2. Best Iced Tea:  Ya’ll know we Southerners know all about iced tea. 

Most folks like it very sweet with a squirt of fresh lemon juice.

I like less sugar and lots of ice.  I’ve discovered that Earl Grey makes fabulous iced tea.  Add a few bags to your regular brand while it steeps.  I use about half and half, because I don’t want the world’s most expensive iced tea. 

So, what’s your favorite summer refreshment?  Keep it family-friendly, please!

Be blessed (and refreshed) today!


Linking up at Tasty Tuesday, Delicious Dishes and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.


  1. Hi Ginger. Thanks so much for joining us for Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. We sure do need some cool refreshment during the summer months. Your tea and lemonade will hit the spot! I enjoyed looking through your blog as well. Love it! :-)

  2. I have the Mitford cookbook...I'll have to try this! I LOVE the Mitford series. I've reread them probably 8 times!

  3. Yum. I must teach the boys how to make home made lemonade before the summer is over.

    I hope you are well.


  4. We love the Mitford books and I can't wait to try your lemonade and tea recipes! I found you on tempt my tummy tuesday and really enjoyed looking around your blog! :)

  5. Those are just the best summer drinks ever - lemonade and iced tea! I'd never have thought of using Earl Grey tea for iced tea but it sounds really delicious.

  6. both my favorite and so refreshing

  7. Now it's time to mix the two together for an Arnold Palmer!

  8. My mouth is watering............yum....

  9. Those sound delicious!
    Thanks for linking up!

  10. I've been thinking about finding a good way to make fresh lemonade. Thanks for the tip!!

  11. There is not a day that goes by that I don't drink an Arnold Palmer. I make my own b/c it's way better than any brand in the grocery store (I've tried them) and no restaurant can get it right.
    An Arnold Palmer is 1/2 lemonade and 1/2 tea.
    But this is my version: MY homemade tea which I make strong and unsweetened and Simply Lemonade.
    I like my more on the tea side and my husband likes his heavier on the lemonade. So we make it by the glass.