Spring/Summer is slinking in slowly to Central New York. Here and there, we get a burst of beautiful days where we can *gasp* actually see the sun and I don’t need a coat to go outside. Just the other day, it reached 90 degrees. When those days come along and I step outside for the first time that day, I feel like a vampire, cringing away from the sun like, “SUN?? What is that thing?” Then I hiss, bearing my fangs and pulling my cloak over my head as I retreat inside.
Wait…scratch that last part.
The problem is, when we get just a handful of these days, the weather then reverts to rain and 40 degrees for the next 2 weeks. Stop teasing me, Spring. Let’s get the ball rolling for real here!
Now, the arrival of warmth and sunlight is the signal for all the restaurants to break out their arsenal of frozen drinks: iced coffee, iced tea, lemonade, smoothies, slushies, frozen hot chocolate…the list goes on and on. I love a good cool concoction, but there are two major flaws when it comes to buying them from a restaurant or fast food chain: one, they’re vastly overpriced and two, they’re packed with unnatural, disturbing ingredients (not to mention gobs of calories).
Never fear. When your body is asking for something cool and thirsty quenching, there’s an easy solution: make your own frozen drink!