Hot town, summer in the city. Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty. . .
Ah, remember that one? When that song was blaring from every convertible cruising the city or wailing through every back-yard transistor radio, I was still playing with dolls. But I do remember my older sister hanging out with her (suspiciously hippie) friends in our yard, swaying to the music and smoking teeny tiny hand-rolled cigarettes that smelled kind of like dried rose petals.
My own friends and I, on the other hand, spent our days out on the suburban streets, playing hide-and-seek or exploring the empty lot down near the high school, where it was rumored there was a haunted house. We’d create our own brand of “dirt and gritty” from running around on mud-filled fields, walking to the local shopping center to buy tri-colored popsicles, the rainbow liquid running down our chins and leaving sticky splotches on the collars of our tank tops as we slurped them on the way home.
I still do love me a hot, sunny summer day. These days, though, I prefer to lounge out on the patio with one of my favorite cool summer sippers, whether light and fizzy or rich and creamy, the HH and the Girls by my side, as we listen to some of those old Baby Boomer songs and naturally generate some Vitamin D.
I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite summer drinks from some of my blogger friends and me so you can have that same lazy, relaxed feeling as you sip or slurp. It’s bound to make any summer day more enjoyable.
These are all free of refined sugars, dairy and gluten, too. So drink up!
SUMMER ICED TEAS:
Refreshing Iced Tea from Heather Nicholds
Vegan Thai Iced Tea from Minimalist Baker (use coconut sugar option or sub xylitol)
Ginger-Mint Iced Tea from Ricki Heller
Raspberry Peach Iced Tea from Damn Delicious (use xylitol or stevia)
LEMONADES & COOLERS:
Watermelon Lemonade from Recipe Renovator
Sparkling Lemon Cucumber Cooler from Eat Drink Better
Watermelon Berry Fizz from The Pretty Bee
Sugar-free Lemonade from Whole New Mom
Strawberry Lemonade Bliss from Tess Challis
Watermelon Basil Cooler from Ricki Heller
Watermelon Ginger Zing from Run to the Finish
Cherry Vanilla Italian Soda from Allergy-Free Alaska
Matcha-Pineapple Cooler from Ricki Heller
Strawberry Lemonade from My Plant-Based Family
SMOOTHIES, SHAKES & CREAMY DRINKS
Chocolate Mint Milkshake from Ricki Heller
Nuts for Pineapple Smoothie from Go Dairy Free
Mango Carrot and Pineapple Smoothie from Welcoming Kitchen
Kid-Friendly “Green” Smoothie from Welcoming Kitchen
Frozen Matcha Latte from Ricki Heller
Carrot Colada from Gluten-Free Easily
SMOOTHIES, SHAKES & CREAMY DRINKS cont’d
Avocado Superfood Smoothie from The Blender Girl
Anti-Inflammatory Cherry Smoothie from Strength and Sunshine
Ricki’s Smooth Operator Smoothie from Heather Nicholds
Spectacular Summer Smoothie from Ricki Heller
Four Sustainable Seasonal Smoothies from Go Dairy Free
Vegan Rocket Fuel Frappuccino from Healthful Pursuit
Blueberry Pie Smoothie from Gluten Free School
Cherry Chocolate Chia Smoothie from Wendy Polisi
Pineapple Strawberry Smoothie from Strength and Sunshine
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