Tuesday, September 18, 2012

18 Summer Beverages to Enjoy Before Fall {FOTMC Round-Up}




It's the last week of summer!  For some, that means that crisp, cool Autumn days have already made an appearance.  For others, it means we still have a few weeks of hot weather to tolerate.  Whether you're looking for a refreshing beverage to help you cool down, or are looking to hold on to summer for just a few more days, the Food of the Month Club round-up has a delightful collection of Summer Beverages that is the perfect way to say farewell to summer.

To get things started, my friend Maura from The Other Side of the Tortilla, introduces us to La Paloma, a "refreshing, classic Mexican cocktail", made with grapefruit juice and tequila.

Photo courtesy of The Other Side of the Tortilla


Next up we have a stunning Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea Water) from another foodie friend of mine, Bren Herrera from Flanboyant Eats.  This is a tart and delicious way to keep cool, "especially when it’s hot and humid out."  This beverage can also be enjoyed during the fall and winter thanks to the ginger, clove, and orange peel, whose flavors and aromas are perfect for the holidays. 



If you like Piña Coladas, then you'll love what Natalia from Comiendo en LA whipped up for us: Piña Coladas made with two kinds of rum, fresh pineapple, and whipped cream.



Natalia also shares her recipe for a rich and cool Banana-Coffee Frappe!



My BFF (best foodie friend) Girlichef served up this bright and sunny Pineapple-Vanilla Agua Fresca that looks and tastes like summer in a glass.



Girlichef also made Coconut Horchata, which combines everything you love about Horchata with the tropical flavor of coconut milk.



Eva from TechFoodLife offers us a delightful, summery twist to traditional lemonade with Watermelon Lemonade.



Ckay from Sweet and That's It gives us a delicious way to start our day with her Frulatto, a fruit and yogurt smoothie made with apples, banana, orange, and mango.



My friends from Peru Delights introduce us to Chicha Morada, a traditional Peruvian beverage made with purple corn, pineapple, apple, and quince, seasoned with cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.



Heather from Malice in Dunderland shares two creamy banana beverages:  Batido de Guineo (Banana Milk)


and Felicidad del Guineo, a banana slushie with with orange juice and coconut milk.



My other BFF, Vianney from Sweet Life, shares her Agua de Zanahoria y Piña (Carrot & Pineapple Cooler), that I'm sure will instantly become my hubby's new favorite Agua Fresca.



Vianney also treats us to two of her famous margaritas!  The first is a gorgeous cotton candy hued Plum Pineapple Margarita.


And the second is this sweet Prickly Pear Margarita that uses green tunas (prickly pears).



The girls from Muy Bueno Cookbook, whose first cookbook comes out next month, share their Agua de Piña recipe with us.



And finally my contribution to the Summer Beverages round-up: Agua de Frutas (Papaya, Guava & Apple Punch),



Shirley Temples,



and Banana Daiquiris.



As always, thank you so much to all who participated.  This is the biggest FOTMC turn-out we've ever had! If you would like to be included in the next Food of the Month Club Round-Up, we're cooking with apples this month.  See the announcement post for more details.


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*All photos used with written and/or verbal permission of the participating bloggers.


  


7 comments:

  1. Wonderful round-up, Leslie.
    They all look beautiful and delicious.
    Wow!

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  2. What a round up Leslie, each so colorful and bursting with summer flavros~~ Thanks for inviting me into your wonderful space! Ahh ytour BFF~ you rock sweet lady!!

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  3. Thanks for the invitation!!! Great blog post!

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  4. Yummy! I have my eye on at least 3 of these. I'm off to check them out and give love!

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  5. LOVE this! Such a great round up of recipes. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. Te la comistes come dicen los cubanos! What a great roundup! I love them all but my fave are that prickly pear margarita and my hibiscus, of course! :) :) Sharing this post, girl!

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  7. I've never had a chicha morada, but I think I want to try it. I love me some horchata!

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