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Sunny days, picnics & laughter....A few SUMMER refreshments to ENJOY together!

From the Lavish Kitchen...

Summer is right around the corner
and thoughts of picnics, outdoor dining,
gatherings with friends & family
come to mind...
To help keep you & your guest "cool"
for the days ahead... here are a
few of my favorite refreshing
drink recipes!
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. Classic Sweet Southern Tea .
1 pinch of baking soda
2 cups of boiling water
6 tea bags
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
6 cups of cool water
. . . . .
In a heat proof 64 oz glass pitcher,
sprinkle a pinch of baking soda &
pour in boiling water.
Add tea bags,
cover & steep for 15 minutes.
Remove tea bags
Stir in sugar until dissolved
Pour in cool water, refrigerate until cold
Serve over ice,
a petite lemon wedge,
a spig of mint &
ENJOY! 
. MINT Mojito .
1/2 cup granulated sugar
(classic mojitos use actual sugar canes
crushed to extract the sugar)
35-40 fresh mint leaves
3 limes, quartered
1 cup rum (preference)
1 leter club soda
. . . . .
Muddle sugar & mint together
in a pitcher until leaves are well
broken down.
Add limes & muddle until limes
are well juiced
Stir in rum & add club soda 
Give it a good stir to ensure sugar
has dissolved well.
Pour over crushed or shaved ice
** for a bit of sparkly sweet, 
toss in a few raspberries &
ENJOY!
. Frozen Strawberry Margarita .
1/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1.5 fluid oz tequila
2 Tbs lime juice (or more to taste) 
1/2 fluid oz triple sec
1 tsp sugar (or more to taste)
1 cup ice cubes
. . . . .
Blend strawberries, tequila, lime juice,
triple sec & 1 Tbs sugar in a blender
for about 10 seconds
Add ice cubes & blend on high
until ice is crushed  (15 seconds or so)
Rub a lime wedge along rim of glass,
spread some sugar on small plate
& dip glass rim to coat
Pour margarita into glass,
accent with a lime wedge &
ENJOY!
. Summertime Lemonade .
6 lemons
1 cup granulated sugar
6 cups of cold water
(tip - melt sugar in small sauce pan
with 3 to 4 cups of water over
low heat ~ this will help dissolve
sugar in water more thoroughly)
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Juice lemons to make 1 cup
In a gallon pitcher, combine
1 cup lemon juice, 1 cup sugar
& 6 cups of cold water
Stir, Adjust sweetness, Serve
over ice cubes... garnish
with mint leaves, lemon wedges,
even fresh fruit and
ENJOY!
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