Few beverages are as simple and refreshing as this one shared by Sybil Brown of Highland, California. Bring her swift slushy specialty to your breakfast table and watch how quickly glasses are raised for seconds.
For a nutritious breakfast or snack on the go, try this hearty shake from Norma Gabriel of Mondovi, Wisconsin. "With the banana, yogurt and milk, it's quite filling," she says. "My husband, son and I all enjoy it."
As a table brightener, fix a bowl of festive fruity punch—it's a refreshing beverage you can mix together in moments. "To dress it up even more, I add an ice ring filled with oranges, lemons and cranberries," relates Karen Ann Bland, a reader from Gove, Kansas.
As social chair one year during college, I tried to come up with a more interesting beverage than the usual cranberry juice and lemon-lime soda. This pastel punch was always a hit at receptions and parties.
-Jennifer Bangerter, Nixa, Missouri
This thick and creamy smoothie was created for the strawberry lover, but the banana flavor comes through nicely. It's refreshing without being too sweet and makes a fruity mid-morning snack. —Colleen Belbey, Warwick, Rhode Island
Poodle skirts may be out, but the old-fashioned ice cream soda our Test Kitchen concocted is still a simply perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day.—Country Woman Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
The variations on martinis seem endless. But this sweet version is both creative and sophisticated in taste and presentation. It's a great way to finish or even start a meal.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen