When my sister introduced me to iced coffee, I didn't think I'd like it. Not only did I like it, I decided I could make my own. My fast-to-fix version is a refreshing alternative to hot coffee. —Jenny Reece, Lowry, Minnesota
Ripe for a refreshing treat? Try Patty Howse's fruit drink—it'll quench everyone's thirst sweetly. "We like to relax on the back porch after a long hot day with glasses of my slush," she writes from her Great falls, Montana kitchen.
With Kahlua, Irish cream liquor and chocolate sandwich cookies, this martini is almost like a dessert. It's an after-dinner drink that's easy to mix.
—Clara Coulston Minney, Washington Court House, Ohio
From Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Heather Dollins shares a fast and festively colored beverage. "We enjoyed this delicious drink at my wedding reception," she says. "Since then, it's been a must at Christmas gatherings and other special occasions."