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Recipe Rewind: Beat the Heat with these Cool Thirst Quenchers

March 31, 2019

It finally happened. After months of gleefully wearing layers and sleeping under comforters with the nary an airconditioner nor fan turned on, the weather has now, somewhat, returned to normal. People are sweating again, hemlines are getting shorter, and tops are using less and less fabric.

To help you combat the blistering heat, here are a few recipes from the Pepper archives that will not only help you cool down, but will taste pretty awesome too.

 Food Hack: Orange Julius

I’ve always wondered what happened to Orange Julius Philippines. As a child, I’d always buy a large-ass cup filled with the foamy stuff, but I haven’t seen the iconic drink’s logo in years. I heard that Dairy Queen carries these creamy citrus drinks on the side, but I’m not sure if that’s still the case.

Inside-Out Mojito

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We call our Mojito “inside out” because the freezing process captures the freshness of the mint leaves, holding their oils in and protecting its flavor from the added alcohol. Squeeze in a bit of lime, pour in a splash or two of your favorite rum, and you’ve got a drink that’ll bring you back to those lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer.

Homemade Shirley Temple

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Traditionally, a Shirley Temple is a mixture of ginger ale or lemon-lime soda and grenadine, usually garnished with a maraschino cherry. The following recipe is like the young lady version of the eponymous kiddie concoction. It has a lovely blush color and a tangy cherry flavor, which is rounded out by the subtle nuttiness of the almond extract. Poured into a chilled glass, it’s perfect for afternoons when you want something a little more sophisticated, but still wholesome (read: non-alcoholic*).

Berry-Pineapple Cooler

Tart berry flavors are mixed with pineapple juice, creating a tropical chiller that’ll cool you from the inside out. At least a pitcher is recommended for this concoction, whether virgin or spiked. Extra caution to be observed the latter variation.

Homemade Cream Soda

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Cream soda is like the poised, more refined cousin of the full-bodied colas and root beers. Its light, golden color complements the smooth creaminess of vanilla that lavishes your mouth and nose after the first sip. Since the predominant vanilla flavor comes from a little pod worth its weight in gold (maybe even more so), this drink is usually marketed as something very fancy. Heck, they sell 8-oz long-necked bottles of the stuff at Healthy Options for more than a hundred bucks a pop.

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