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Beat the summer heat with frozen treats

June 13, 2013

Summer Fun at CHEFScatalog.comSummer: the season for pool parties, vacations, spending time outdoors, and—heat waves. When the heat of summer starts to reach its peak, it’s important to find ways to stay refreshed and hydrated.

A frozen drink is the perfect way to instantly lower your body temperature, especially when you are out and about or just can't imagine spending a beautiful summer day indoors. Stay cool at any time of the day with these great frozen drink ideas that you can make right in your own home:

In the morning

Start your day with a chilled beverage and set the pace for keeping cool no matter the temperature. If you, like many others on the go, simply can’t start your day without caffeine, consider substituting your hot coffee for a frozen frappuccino. Frappuccinos are great for getting that boost of energy in the morning while helping to keep your body temperature down.

However, instead of going through the drive-thru at your nearest coffee shop on your way to drop the kids off at day camp, why not make yours at home so you can control the amount of sugar that goes into your drink, play with the ingredients to tailor to your taste, and even save a little green.

Coffee shop frappuccino

Ingredients

3/4 cup double strength of your favorite coffee blend

3 tablespoons granulated sugar (or to your taste)

1 cup milk of your choice (low-fat, almond, soy, etc.)

2 cups ice

3 tablespoons chocolate or caramel syrup

whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

To make this coffee shop favorite, start by brewing double-strength coffee in your coffee maker. (If you use 1 tablespoon coffee per cup when you brew, use 2 tablespoons for this recipe.)

After the coffee has brewed, chill before using. Then, pour the double-strength coffee into a blender with the sugar, milk and ice, and pulse until the ice is crushed. Pour into your favorite mug or to-go cup and top with whipped cream and syrup.

Beat the midday heat

When the day has reached its hottest, you are going to need some respite from the sun. In the middle of the day, what could be better than whipping up frozen slushies for you and your kids? They are quick, easy, and incredibly refreshing—perfect for parties or just spending time around the house. What’s even better is that the flavors can be easily changed from drink to drink, so if one of the kids doesn’t want the same flavor as everyone else, there’s no need to expend extra energy in getting them to all agree.

Beat the Summer Heat at CHEFScatalog.comSlushies

Ingredients

Juice of choice or lemonade

Club soda (if desired)

Granulated sugar (if needed)

Ice

Instructions

To make simple slushies, use a snow cone maker to shave ice as directed for the number of servings you want to make. Once you've crushed the ice, pack it into cups and add your favorite fruit juice or lemonade to flavor it.

For a little extra fizz, mix the juice with some club soda to your taste preference before adding it to the shaved ice. Many recipes will call for sugar, but some fruit juices can be so sugary to begin with that you may want to wait to add more until after you’ve tasted your mixture.

Cool down in the evening

As the day winds down and the sun starts to set, the air becomes a little cooler. Despite the cool down, it may still be hot, so set the mood for a relaxing evening with a frozen cocktail, such as a daiquiri, to help you unwind.

In addition to being a great way to relax, daiquiris—which are simple to make—are great for serving at pool parties or cookouts. At your next cocktail party, set up a daiquiri station with a shaved ice machine, rum, and strawberry mixer so you don’t have to be the one making drinks all evening—and your guests can control the strength of their daiquiris.

Cool Summer Drink at CHEFScatalog.comStrawberry daiquiri

Ingredients

Light rum

4 ounces fresh strawberries

4 ounces lime juice

1/2 cup white sugar

Ice

Instructions

Before your guests arrive, prepare a couple pitchers of strawberry-lime mix for them to make their frozen drinks with. For eight servings, mix white sugar, strawberries and lime juice together in a blender until the strawberries are pureed. Pour into a pitcher and let it chill in the refrigerator.

Keep bags of ice in a cooler near the cocktail station so friends can easily add more to the ice shaver as needed. To create these refreshingly sweet drinks, all you need to do is scoop ice into a cocktail glass and pour in rum and strawberry-lime mix.

Summer is a great time of the year. With these simple “cool-down” drinks you can keep your cool—physically and mentally—and enjoy the fun and sun!

KitchenAid’s new Diamond Vortex 5-Speed Blender makes some seriously delicious summer treats. Visit these other blogs on CHEFS Mix for the details:

Your turn: What is your favorite way to stay cool during a summer heatwave?

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