I have decided that two beverage recipes equal one food recipe. Hopefully, everyone else will agree.
The recipes in question are for delicious raspberry citrus punch and an AMAZING fizzy minty thymy drinky drink. If you have a porch, you should make one of them right now and get out on the porch. They are both perfect for sitting outside before it gets too hot for that to be fun.
The raspberry citrus punch might be the easiest beverage in the world to concoct. All you need is a 2L of citrus-flavored soda - diet or regular - and Raspberry Zinger tea. That tea is available at just about any grocery store- follow the link to get a picture. To make the punch, put two of the tea bags in the 2L and let it steep. The wonderful person who taught me this trick recommended steeping it overnight....but I am not the most patient person and have found that less time is okay. When you open the bottle again it will be VERY fizzy. Watch out for that. The resulting punch is delicious and quite low-calorie if you use the diet soda. It's also a pretty pink color.
The second beverage has a few more ingredients. I first saw it at a restaurant called Jackson, so we are going to call it The Jackson.
8 oz. club soda
1 teaspoon lemon juice
fresh mint (about 4 leaves)
fresh thyme (about 1T)
sugar to taste or one splenda
Muddle your herbs in the bottom of the glass using a muddler or a wooden spoon. If you aren't a regular muddler, just try to crush the leaves without breaking them. They will quickly become more fragrant. Then pour the lemon juice over the herbs and add the sweetener. Next pour the club soda over the mixture and stir. Add some ice last. You will have a delicious and refreshing beverage.
If you so desire, you can add a shot of vodka. Considering the rate at which I like to drink these, that's not the best idea for me.
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