One thing I’ve noticed when doing historical reenactment, whether Renaissance, Victorian, Steampunk or whatever the period; is the need to stay hydrated and energized plays an important role in staying hydrated, but sometimes you need something a little more nourishing in your glass or mug.
So I experimented and the Summer Sipper was born.
I’ve named it after my Steampunk persona, Lady Eleanor Roden
Lady Roden’s Summer Sipper
1 c Peaches
1 c Strawberries
1 c Raspberries
1 c Cherries
1 c Blueberries
2 Qt Lemonade or Orange Juice
Working in small batches, blend 1 or 2 cups of fruit with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the juice. Add more juice if needed for a smooth blend.
When a smooth, slush like blend has been created, pour into large pitcher and continue blending fruit and juice until all the fruit has been emulsified.
If mixture is too tart, add sugar in small amounts until it’s sweet enough for your taste.
For variety, substitute pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe or any other fresh or frozen fruits available in your area.
For a festive summer punch, mix the recipe with Chilled White Soda, Club Soda, Ginger Ale or Sparkling Wine. If ice is needed, freeze slush mixture in trays or add frozen fruit to the bowl.
Blend in spinach, kale, frozen carrots to add a healthy punch.
Moms, if you have kids who dislike veggies, you can blend frozen spinach, kale, or other frozen veggies into the mix. If they don’t see the veggies going in and you don’t tell them it’s in there, chances are they’ll never taste it. You could also put the mixture in Popsicle molds to create fruit pops for snacking on.