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Monday, August 13, 2012

Summer Fun: Strawberry Peach Lemonade and Cold Brewed Ice Coffee

Summer is wrapping up and back to school supplies are on sale all over town. But before its too late, its time to taste some of the fantastic flavors of the summer before its too late.

I was reading a list the other day of 50 things to do before the end of summer. Sadly, I hadn't done more than a hand full of them. But with summer being a year-round season in FL, I don't feel too badly. Plus, as any Floridian knows its best to do "summer fun" in the winter when you don't want to just sit inside an air conditioned building.

On my list of summer completes:
Outdoor concert
Frozen Custard
Watching thunderstorms roll in
Eating fresh produce
Summer fruit pie
Make lemonade from scratch...

Strawberry Peach Lemonade
1 cup sugar
4 large lemons (3/4 cup of juice)
1 cup strawberries
1 large ripe peach

Combine the sugar with 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Boil the sugar and water for a minute or until the sugar has completely dissolved into the water. Set aside to cool.

Squeeze the lemons. Put the strawberries and peach (minus the pit) into a blender. Add the lemon juice to the blender and pulse until completely liquid. Strain the lemon and fruit mix through a mesh strainer into a pitcher to remove seeds and pulp. Add simple syrup (sugar mix) and add another 4 cups of cold water. Serve over ice.

Also really good with Malibu rum!

If you're at all like me, you enjoy a nice glass of iced coffee on summer mornings. But if you've ever brewed yourself a pot of coffee in the hopes of making yourself some iced coffee, you've likely been disappointed by the results. Cold coffee, but bitter and in need of a lot of additives to make it drinkable.

The trick to good iced coffee it to "cold brew" it! It allows the mellow cocoa flavors to develop without the bitterness of cooled hot coffee.

Cold Brewed Ice Coffee
1 cup coffee grounds
4 cups water
Cream and sugar to taste

Put the coffee grounds into a large bowl with the 4 cups of water, stir. Let it sit (covered) overnight, or at least 6 hours. Strain with a coffee filter in a mesh strainer. This is your coffee base. This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

To make in the morning: Mix your coffee base with 1 cup of water. Cream and sugar. Add ice as desired. Enjoy!

Takes less time to make in the morning than brewing normal coffee or stopping into dunkins!

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