Summer is the perfect time for lounging by the resort-style pool or community grilling area at your Northridge apartments at Candlewood North. However, you can also relax in the air conditioning in your Northridge apartment. Here are four refreshing summer drink recipes to help keep you cool:
1. Watermelon Cucumber Sangria
2 cups watermelon chunks
1 cup watermelon juice
1 seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
2 limes, thinly sliced
1/4 cup mint leaves
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup lime juice
1 1-liter bottle chilled carbonated water
1 750-ml bottle semi-dry white wine, chilled
Mint sprigs (optional)
Combine all ingredients except the carbonated water and mint sprigs, stirring gently. Chill for 2 hours. When ready to serve, add carbonated water. Garnish each glass with a mint sprig. Serves 6 to 8.
2. Guava Lemonade Fizz
6 ounces guava nectar
1/2 ounce St. Germain liqueur
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1 tablespoon fresh lemon
Combine ingredients, stirring lightly. Garnish with cherries. Makes one drink.
3. Pink Rhubarb Lemonade
5 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into small pieces
2 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
1 1-liter bottle lemon-lime carbonated beverage, chilled
1 can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
Fresh mint leaves and lemon slices to garnish (optional)
Heat rhubarb and water to boiling in a large saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer covered for five minutes. Cool and strain; discard pulp. Add lemonade concentrate and sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved. Chill for 24 hours. To serve, combine lemon-lime mixture with rhubarb mixture, then garnish. Serves 6 to 8.
4. Pineapple-Cinnamon Margaritas
10 lime wedges
3 cups orange liqueur
2 1/2 cups tequila
2 cups pineapple juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup powdered sugar
Cinnamon sticks (optional)
Combine tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur and sugar in a pitcher until sugar is dissolved. Add pineapple juice, stir and chill. Create a cinnamon and sugar mixture on a small plate. Rub rims of glasses with lime, then dip the rims in the sugar mixture. Serve and garnish with cinnamon sticks. Serves 6 to 8.
Stay cool this summer at your Northridge apartments with these summer drink recipes. If you don’t live at Candlewood North yet, give us a call to find out about availability.