Many of the Caribbean’s refreshing beverages center around tropical fruits found year-round on the islands. But islanders also enjoy their coffee and tea. This drink list is some of the best non-alcoholic beverages you’ll find. Summer is about to end. Whenever you try these refreshing beverages, it will be nice to serve in the last days of summers. These are the best ideas for you!
01. Peach Mango Smoothies
Peaches and mangoes go together so well. When the temperatures start to climb, cool off with a cold peach and mango smoothie. It’s a great way to enjoy local peaches when they are in season. Mix with yogurt or milk for better taste. This smoothie will chill you and good for your digestion.
02. Papaya Milkshake
This shake is quick and easy to make. It’s not a typical milkshake as it combines papayas with evaporated milk and sugar. It makes a refreshing summer drink or light snack. Do not use sweetened condensed milk in this recipe. Nature sweet flavors of papaya in this smoothie are great for cooling off and your sure to get a boost of vitamin C in this drink.
03. Caribbean Style Lemonade
Lime Water, Swank, and Wash are all names used to describe Caribbean Style Lemonade, which is really made with limes, not lemons. Apart from the freshly squeezed juice of limes and water, this refreshing drink is sweetened with Demerara Sugar or Cane Sugar. And, to add a hint of spiced flavor, a few drops of vanilla essence is included in the mix. A drop or two of Angostura Bitters makes this Caribbean lemonade a refreshing and enticing drink.
04. Bay Leaf Tea
A hot cup of bay leaf tea is comforting and smells so good. The fragrant leaves release their essence and give off a spiced tea scent that will have you going back for a second cup. Elders in the Caribbean believe that bay leaf tea can lower your blood pressure, aid with digestive problems, and even get rid of headaches. Whether or not these claims are true, one thing is certain, you’ll love this tea.
05. Cuban Coffee Primer
Here is a great introduction to Cuban coffee from our Miami Expert, Renee Chappel. She’s put together an informative primer for translating the drink names as well as some customs for drinking them.
06. Agua Fresca- Jamaica Hibiscus Drink
This Agua Fresca recipe from our Mexican Food Expert, Chelsie Kenyon is a little different than the original. It looks and tastes similar to a tart cranberry juice with a subtle tea flavor. When it is served ice cold, the tea flavor is almost imperceptible and this drink is loaded with vitamin C.
07. Citrus Punch
Here is an excellent party punch that children and adults can enjoy. Try this easy citrus fruit punch at your next party or summer outing when you want a cold refreshing drink. Everyone loves these cool and hearty beverages. To avoid high sugar content, you can add maple syrup or honey to make it sweeter.
In the last days of summer, take it easy with refreshing beverages to make it cooler before welcoming fall. Enjoy the heat of summer in the home yard. But in this situation, you may only ask your family members and closest relatives to celebrate it. Stay happy and healthy!