Recipe ReDux-Summer Beverage

July 21, 2011

Ahh…summer. Time to grab your sunglasses and soak up the sun (after you’ve applied sunscreen of course Winking smile). Here in Las Vegas where the temps reach over 100 degrees, I spend a lot of time doing the pool thing.

What goes perfect with sun and pool…a summer beverage. Here friends is this month’s Recipe ReDux challenge. I couldn’t wait to get started on this challenge since I’m that gal who loves calorie laden drinks such as pina coladas, daiquiris, and margaritas. Delicious they are, but low calorie they are not.

So here is my slimified version. The best way to start off any summer beverage is fruit. I had to include three of my favorites…strawberries, pineapple, and watermelon.

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Goes into the blender…1…

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3…

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Blend up those fresh summer fruits until smooth.

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Fill your glass to the brim with ice.  Gotta have it ice cold!  Then layer the blended fruit with club soda.

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Club soda adds a certain something to this drink.

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Cold, refreshing, healthy…check, check, and check!

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I played bartender to my sister and friends and they gave this fruity drink a thumbs up!

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I did as well! Yum!!IMG_3815

If you want to spike it, a shot of your favorite liquor would make it a perfect addition.  I’d gladly take this healthified version over a daiquiri or margarita anytime!

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Here is the list of other Recipe ReDuxers and their fabulous summer beverages:

For more about Recipe ReDux, check out my page above.

What is your favorite summer beverage?

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Simply Life July 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

nice work -this looks like the PERFECT summer drink!

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Nicole, RD July 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

Hmmm…favorite? Maybe a mojito…that sounds delish right now. At 7:14am, haha! It’s supposed to be 110 here today. Holy moly!! I love the fru-fru drinks occasionally, so good! Margaritas are always welcomed, too :)

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Mel July 21, 2011 at 11:21 am

Yum!
I will be trying this out, thanks for all the great recipes.

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Amanda July 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I am starting to sound like a broken record, but I love this recipe! I get stuck in ruts for drinks, for sure! Thank you so much for posting other drink recipes. For my own special summer drink, I always love a fresh batch of sun tea. There’s nothing better thank your own brewing, as opposed to mixes. Sip and enjoy!

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Cait's Plate July 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm

That’s such a good idea! I love the club soda addition, I definitely never would have thought of that!

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Lisa @ Healthful Sense July 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

That looks simply fabulous!! Love the combo of the strawberries, pineapple, and watermelon!! :) I’ll have to try the club soda addition!

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Sonia July 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm

love watermelon in drinks!
My favorite summer (and all time) drink is the mighty margarita.

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Deanna July 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Yum, yum, yum! My 4 yr old would also love this – it’s so pretty too.

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Jessica July 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Looks so good and is pretty too!

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Heather (Where's the Beach) July 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Yummy – looks so refreshing!

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Caitlin July 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm

My favorite summer beverage is a mojito…or a cold glass of white wine. But this looks amazing!

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Swanky Dietitian July 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I love mojitos! I had the most delicious basil mojito this past weekend! I want to try and recreate it!
Thanks for stopping by! :)

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TheCookieBoss July 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm

In the summer I usually stick with water. I know – BORING!

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Roz July 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Hi Kristen. OOOH…this recipe is a winner!!! I may have to incorporate it into “cocktail Sunday”. Thanks for sharing, have a great day.

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EA-The Spicy RD July 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm

So simple, yet so delicious! Have you tried Ayalas Sparkling Herbal water? I think it would be so good with your blended fruit :-) Try to stay cool!

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Kocinera July 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm

First of all, I love your blender!

Second of all, that drink looks so yummy and so refreshing. The addition of club soda really sends it over the top for me. Fizzy drinks are the best!

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Swanky Dietitian July 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Thanks! I’d have to agree! :)

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Danielle Omar July 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Refreshing, light and super easy. Love that you served it in a wine glass. ;-)

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Swanky Dietitian July 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Thanks! :)

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather July 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Yum I love these 3 fruits combined together! There’s something just so fun about a slushy, fruity drink in the summer.

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Greg July 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I like this because I’m not a huge smoothie fan. Too thick. But I love adding club soda. Great recipe.

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Tami@nutmegnotebook.com July 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm

That looks so refreshing! Great photos too! I love making drinks with fruit and even sneak a few veggies in there when no one is looking!

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Stephanie @ extremebalance.net/blog July 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Yum! Smart! I wonder if I could healthify a caipirinha without losing everything about it that *makes* it a caipirinha… I’m motivated!

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Yuri July 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm

You got three of my favorite fruits here, looks delicious and refreshing :)

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Rach July 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Mmm… sounds so delicious!

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Dana @ Budget Dietitian July 22, 2011 at 1:39 am

YUM! Now I need to get a blender! :)

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Bianca July 22, 2011 at 2:39 am

O sounds delicious =) I love the added club soda, that must make it much more refreshing than a regular smoothie. I’ll be sure to try it soon!

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Lauren July 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

Love this, garnish doesn’t hurt!

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Kara Lydon July 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

What a great idea to add club soda to a smoothie for a refreshing drink! I’ll need to try it!

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed July 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm

well, this one looks pretty swell! I make a watermelon mintarita which I could drink every day of my life. That would make me an alcoholic, but a happy one.

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Swanky Dietitian July 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm

That sounds amazing! :)

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Alysa (InspiredRD) July 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm

This looks so refreshing! I love drinks with a little fizz :)

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Emma Stirling July 23, 2011 at 2:53 am

I too am very partial to a mojito Kristen. Love your photos – both recipe and your poolside slice of life. But you guys are killing me with all the summer shots as we freeze in winter in Australia.

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Regan @ The Professional Palate July 24, 2011 at 11:16 am

I would drink this ANYTIME over a daiquiri, etc. This looks great! Thanks for participating in The ReDux!

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Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble July 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Looks yummy spiked or not!

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