Summer is finally heating up and there is nothing like a cold drink on a hot day! Here in Seattle, the weather is still trying to make up it’s mind, but even with a cloud cover, the sun and warmer temps are here! It’s time to fire up the BBQ and enjoy summer! If you are like me, you don’t like to drink your calories. Since I avoid artificial sweeteners & diet sodas, the options can seem limited. That is where these delicious summer spritzers come in. They are tasty without any added sugar or calories! Best part: they are super easy to make & perfect to enjoy solo or take to a party.
One of my favorite parts of summer is all the fresh fruit which is featured in these spritzers. While these are perfect for summer, you can enjoy these any time of year. I’m sharing 4 different recipes, but the sky is the limit with the different combinations you could mix up.
Not only do they make drinking water tastier and easier, they also look beautiful! These spritzers are huge hits at family get togethers and BBQ with friends. They always gets lots of compliments. 🙂 Like I mentioned before, I also love that I can enjoy a delicious and lightly flavored drink without any added sugar or calories!Aren’t these glasses adorable?! Get them here. Only $10 for the set!
The base recipe for these is very simple:
Fill a large pitcher with water OR sparkling water. Then add fruit combination of your choice (listed below). Let is sit for a least one hour so the flavors infuse into the water. It is best to drink this within 24 hours as the fruit can start to get mushy.
The amounts listed below are for a full pitcher. They can be adjusted according to your taste preference. While you can make these in individual servings, I prefer to make a lot at once. Trust me, you will drink it quicker than you think!
Blackberry + Cucumber
15 blackberries, 1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced.
Watermelon + Mint
1 cup watermelon, 10 mint leaves.
2 pink lemons. 1 sliced, the other squeezed into water for extra flavor boost. If you cannot find a pink lemon, use regular or meyer lemons.
1 lime, sliced. 12 strawberries, tops removed, sliced in half. 1 orange, peeled and sliced.
For a beautiful presentation, place a few pieces of fruit into each glass. You can also add a garnish on the side if you wish & serve in a cute glass.