Refreshing Recipes

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Refreshing RecipesI am sure I am not alone in thinking this is one of the hottest endings to spring that I can remember at Smith Mountain Lake. Although it’s cooling down just a bit, with summer beginning on June 20th there are many wonderful, warm days ahead to look forward to.

When the weather steams up I start craving cool, light fruity foods and so have been looking for fun ideas to spice up the possibilities. I found the following 2 delightfully tasty and cold concoctions on Group Recipes and there are many more where these came from. Give one a try the next time you feel your temperature rising.

Honey Lime Fruit Toss

  • 1 can unsweetened pineapple chunks (20 oz)
  • 1 can mandarin oranges, drained (11ounces)
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 medium firm bananas, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 2 kiwi fruit, peeled, halved and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime zest
  • Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup juice; set juice aside.
  • In a bowl, combine the pineapple, oranges, strawberries, kiwi, and bananas.
  • In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, honey, lime zest and reserved pineapple juice.
  • Pour over fruit and gently toss to coat.

Grapefruit Granitas

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh pink grapefruit juice at room temperature
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar (or SUCANAT)
  • Mint sprigs for garnish
  • Combine water, sugar and juice in a bowl and whisk until sugar dissolves.
  • Pour liquid into a baking pan. Freeze until hard, about 3 – 4 hours.
  • To serve, scrape with a fork and spoon the scrapings into small chilled martini glasses or small glass bowls.
  • Garnish with small sprigs of fresh mint.

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