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Cooling off with Summer Beverages

May 23, 2013

The weather has finally warmed up here in Cleveland and it’s been wonderful. The sunshine, blue skies and warm temperatures have me packing away our winter clothes and breaking out our shorts, flip flops, and even swimsuits. It’s also had me experimenting in the kitchen with a variety of spring recipes. To cool off I’ve been enjoying making a fruit smoothie and cool coffee drinks.

For inspiration, I visited the Kraft Foods beverage & drink recipes page. They have a wonderful collection of cold drinks that are easy to make and perfect for those warm weather days. Until I browsed the recipes I never would have thought to make smoothies with JELL-O Instant Pudding or to try making frozen coffee drinks at home. They turned out to be surprisingly simple and delicious. Inspired, I started playing around a bit in the kitchen and customized each one a bit. Here’s a look at a few of my favorites from the past few weeks.

Fresh Fruit Pudding Smoothie
Inspired by Kraft Foods Fresh Fruit Pudding Milk Shake
Serves 4

Ingredients
3 1/2 cups of cold milk
1 3 oz. package JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 medium ripe banana, chopped
1/2 cup strawberries
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup blackberries
1 cup ice

Directions
Place ingredients in blender and cover. 
Blend on high for 90 seconds or until smooth.
Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

 

Cool Chocolate Mint Smoothie
Inspired by Kraft Foods Chocolate Mint Frosty
Serves 4

Ingredients
3 cups of cold milk
1 3 oz. package of JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding
1/2 cup of chocolate-mint candy pieces or chocolate-mint chips
1 cup of ice

Directions
Place ingredients in blender and cover.
Blend on high for 90 seconds or until smooth.
Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

 

Iced Chocolate Hazelnut Latte
Inspired by Kraft Foods Iced Coffee Latte
Serves 1

Ingredients
1 MAXWELL HOUSE International Latte Iced Hazelnut Single Serve
8 oz. of cold milk
1 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
1/4 tsp. sugar
Ice

Directions
Empty contents of single serve stick into a glass. Add milk, sugar, and syrup. Stir well.
Serve with ice and enjoy.

 

These drinks are delicious and a wonderful way to cool down on a long, hot day. They are simple to make and I look forward to enjoying these fruit smoothies and cool coffee drinks throughout this spring and summer.

For more of my recipes and entertaining ideas visit 2 Wired 2 Tired.

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