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.
Meet the Cook: Although it requires only a few basic ingredients and little preparation, this drink always draws raves from overnight guests about its "wake-up" taste.
My husband's a pastor. We have five children and six grandchildren.
-Joyce Mummau, Mt. Airy, Maryland
Sweet and refreshing, this pretty pink slush stores well in the freezer, so it's great to have on hand for summer guests. Just thaw and add ginger ale or lemon-lime soda. Aahhh! —Danielle Brandt, Ruthton, Minnesota
Whether you’re splashing poolside or watching the kids inside, this slushy beverage has just the right balance of minty crispness and limey tartness that’s sure to tingle your taste buds. Jessica Ring — Chicago, Illinois
We love the perfect blend of sweet and citrus in this refreshing smoothie. It's so easy to throw together, I often find myself making one for breakfast or a midday snack. — Jamie King, Duluth, Minnesota
Around our house, we often make these yummy shakes. To make the shakes healthier, we substitute fat-free milk and ice cubes for the ice cream. They are fast and nutritious! —Polly Coumos, Mogadore, Ohio
Four berry flavors combine refreshingly in this cool, colorful beverage. It's the perfect complement to my mom's brunch menu, or sip it while enjoying a lazy summer afternoon on the patio.
Warwick, Rhode Island