When the sun’s shinning and it’s finally warm outside there are few better ways to spend an afternoon than sat in a garden or outside a café sipping a nice cold drink.
Drinks can be expensive though, especially if you’ve got kids, and a trip to your local family-friendly café can easily cost you the best part of £20 before you’ve even had anything to eat.
So if you want to get the taste of a café without the price tag, and all in the comfort of your own home, here are three drinks that will definitely hit the spot.
Refreshing, delicious and satisfying, an ice coffee can be as indulgent or diet-friendly as you like.
Begin by making an intense shot of espresso using either Tassimo Coffee machines or a cafetiere. Add your sugar while the coffee is still hot so that it dissolves and then place a few ice cubes into the mix to start the cooling process.
For a light coffee, simply add ice-cold water and milk and it’s ready to go, or for a real treat you could top your coffee with whipped cream and chocolate flakes.
These make a great breakfast time beverage, as well as a drink you can enjoy throughout the day, and are great to make with kids.
You can pretty much add any type of fruit to the mix, just make sure everything is washed, peeled and de-stoned.
For a really great result add a teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of lime before blitzing everything into a smooth liquid.
Making slushies is easiest if you’ve got a fridge with a crushed ice dispenser, but if not you can use a food processor to cut the cube into small chunks.
Next you need to make the juicy part. The more flavour that you can get into this the better, as it will begin to dilute as soon as it hits the ice.
Use a bit of fruit juice intensified with some squash or fruit concentrate, then fill a glass to the top with ice, pour in the juice and you’re good to go. You can even add a few drops of food dye if you want to go for the authentic neon colouring.
All of these drinks are perfect for long summer days and can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Although if you’re having friends over for drinks, you can add a shot of liqueur to any of these to transform them into a delicious treat.