The weather in Berlin is hot like a sauna, but I do not want to complain. I am one of those people who freeze permanently and always scream shut the window. So to be honest, these are the temperatures I actually start to feel comfortable. Nevertheless, three refreshing drink suggestions cannot hurt, right?
For those who are relaxing on their sun loungers or the wistful ones who need a bit of a summer mood in their office. Enjoy the refreshments and have a great day!
1. homemade rhubarb ‘schorle’
The recipe for rhubarb syrup is super easy. I have used
500 ml of water
110 g brown cane sugar
half a lemon.
The recipe is from Monsieur Muffin and I have only reduced the amount of ingredients.
- Wash the rhubarb and cut it into small cubes.
- Pour the water and the sugar into a pan and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the rhubarb. Let simmer for 30 minutes
- Press the juice and the rhubarb through a sieve. Make sure all the liquid is collected.
- Let the liquid simmer for another 20 minutes (to be honest I have skipped the last step and it tastes perfectly fine)
- Fill the syrup into a clean bottle and let cool completely. The syrup is good for about 6 months.
Now, just add some sparkling or still water and a few ice cubes – et voilà – the tasty rhubarb ‘schorle’ is ready.
2. Iced Green tea with lime juice
This drink is lower in calories than the rhubarb ‘schorle’, yet not less delicious. Iced tea is my personal all time favorite in the summer because there is an infinite number of variations. The tea is when homemade, of course, super healthy.
Currently, Kusmi – Green Bouquet is my favorite green tea. For the preparation of iced green tea with lime juice prepare the tea and let cool completely, add some lime juice and a little sugar or agave syrup if necessary. I like mine with an extra slice of lemon in the glass, but that is, of course, only for those who like it extra sour. Try your tea unsweetened, too. Once you get used to the pure taste, you will no longer want it different and you have simultaneously reduced your daily sugar intake.
3. iced coffee
No summer day without a proper iced coffee. I always prepare a big pot of coffee in the morning and let it cool throughout the day. When I come home in the afternoon, I just add some milk and a few ice cubes. Another great way to prepare iced coffee is by filling coffee that grew cold into an ice cube tray and freeze it. On demand, pour some cubes into a glass and fill up with milk. The latter variant does not dilute your sacred coffee with the melted water of the ice cubes, but I am admittedly not very fussy about that :)
So, enjoy the weather and be refreshed.