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A COOL TREAT  Friday, May 28, 2010

Lemonade is the quintessential summer refresher. An icy glass is the perfect way to quench your thirst. After the first few sips, though, it becomes all watered down. Guzzling down the glass is one strategy, but that’ll just leave you feeling bloated. A much better remedy is to make fun, fruit-filled ice cubes. Use whatever berries are in season, like blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, and add a few to each ice cube compartment before filling it with water. You can also cut up bigger ones, like strawberries, into smaller bits before adding to the tray. Then drop a few fruity cubes into your glass and soon you’ll be sipping your way to a tasty treat at the end of your drink.

Summer Citrusade
Makes 8 cups

2 cups freshly squeezed mix of orange, lemon and lime juice
6 cups cold filtered water
simple syrup, to taste

  1. Prepare the freshly squeezed juice using the citrus juicer attachment on your Cuisinart Stand Mixer.
  2. Combine juice and water in a large pitcher. Add simple syrup, to taste, and stir well. Chill until ready to serve.

Simple Syrup
This recipe is as easy as it sounds—just equal parts water and sugar, so you can make or less if you remember your fractions from elementary school.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water

Combine ingredients in a microwave-safe measuring cup. Cook on HIGH for 4 minutes*, or until sugar is completely dissolved. Stir, then let cool completely before using. Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to two months.

*based on a 1000-watt microwave