Strawberry Spritzer

Hardly anything beats a cold, refreshing drink on a hot day. This Fizzy Orange Pineapple Punch provides a chilling moment of relaxation with the sweetness of orange and pineapple combined with the cool flavor of orange sherbet. This fizzy Strawberry Spritzer can delight your taste buds and keep you quenched while enjoying the summer sun. Emerging research suggests consuming grapes may help protect healthy skin even when exposed to UV light, which is known to be damaging, and are also a hydrating food with 82% water content; hydration is essential to healthy skin, so try the Frosty Grape Hibiscus Slush.

Fizzy Orange Pineapple Punch

1          can (46 ounces) pineapple juice, chilled

1          can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1          can (6 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

1          bottle (2 liters) ginger ale

6-8       scoops orange sherbet

orange slices, for garnish

mint leaves, for garnish

In large punch bowl, combine pineapple juice, condensed milk and orange juice concentrate. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Before serving, add ginger ale and top with scoops of sherbet, orange slices and mint. 

Strawberry Spritzer (pictured above)

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

1          package (10 ounces) frozen sliced strawberries, sweetened and thawed

2          liters lemon-lime soda, chilled

1          can (12 ounces) frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed

In blender, process strawberries until blended thoroughly.

Pour strawberries into large pitcher; stir in soda and pink lemonade.

Serve immediately.

Substitution: Ginger ale may be used in place of soda.

Frosty Grape Hibiscus Slush

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus freezing overnight

Servings: 6 (1 cup each)

9          hibiscus tea bags

6          cups boiling water

3          cups Grapes from California puree (green, red, black or mixture)

4 1/2    tablespoons frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 1/2    tablespoons lime juice (optional)

Steep tea bags in boiling water. Remove tea bags and stir in grape puree, lemonade concentrate and lime juice, if desired.

Pour into ice cube trays and freeze overnight until firm.

In blender, blend until slushy, stirring as needed.

Notes: If no ice cube trays, freeze mixture in large container about 1 1/2 inches deep. Let soften slightly then break into pieces with knife before blending and serving.

Nutritional information per serving: 80 calories; 1 g protein; 21 g carbohydrates; 0 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 0 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

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