4th of July Watermelon-Mint Coolers

Photo by Better Homes & Gardens©

Enjoy this refreshing beverage during your 4th of July picnic! (Photo by Better Homes & Gardens©)

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 lbs.seedless watermelon, chopped (5 cups)
  • 1/4 c. fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2c .fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon aromatic bitters
  • 4-5c. ginger ale, chilled
  • Mint sprigs

 

 

Directions

  1. In a blender container place watermelon; puree until smooth. In a small heatproof bowl, use a wooden spoon to mash mint leaves and 1/4 cup of the sugar; add 1/4 cup of the water. Microwave on high until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mint leaves to blender, leaving sugar in bowl. Blend until chopped.
  2. To bowl of sugar mixture add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water. Microwave until sugar dissolves into a syrup, 1 to 2 minutes. Cover and chill.
  3. To serve, strain watermelon mixture into an ice-filled pitcher or jar. Stir in syrup, lime juice, and bitters. Divide watermelon mixture among ice-filled glasses; top with ginger ale. garnish with mint sprigs.

Nutrition Facts (Watermelon-Mint Coolers)

Per serving: 125 kcal cal.,0 g fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsatured fat), 0 mg chol., 12 mg sodium, 32 g carb., 1 g fiber, 29 g sugar,1 g pro.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

 

From the Test Kitchen

ALCOHOLIC VERSION:

Add 2 cups white rum with the mint before chilling for 8 hours. Add club soda or sparkling water in place of ginger ale.

Nutrition analysis per serving: 212 calories, 1 g protein, 22 g carbohydrate, 0 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 19 g total sugar, 11% Vitamin A, 21% Vitamin C, 28 mg sodium, 2% calcium, 4% iron

 

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Witches’ Brew Ice Cream Soda

witches brew ice cream soda
Photo by Hershey’s Kitchens.®

Yield: Makes two 8-oz. servings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons HERSHEY’S Syrup
  • 16 fluid-ounces Cold club soda, seltzer or ginger ale
  • 4 scoops (about 1 cup) orange sherbet
  • TWIZZLERS Strawberry Twists(optional)

Directions:

1. Combine syrup with small amount of club soda in 16-ounce soda glass.
2. Add sherbet; fill glass with club soda. Garnish with candy. Serve immediately.

 

Pumpkin Frappé

Yield: 5 servings (8 oz. each)

Jack-o-lantern with witch hat

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 c. vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/4 c. pumpkin
  • 3/4 c. crushed ice
  • 2/3c orange juice
  • 1 TBsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 medium frozen or very ripe fresh bananas, cut into chunks

Directions:  Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, about 3 minutes.  Pour into 5 glasses.  If desired, sprinkle nutmeg over the top.

Calories: 185 per serving