5 Quick and Easy Summer Treats to Beat the Heat

Katelyn Preston June 3, 2016

As much as we love our summers here in Arizona, the heat can be brutal. What better way to cool off on sizzling hot days than delicious, ice cold treats? Don’t bother with time consuming and complex recipes when you should be enjoying yourself, though. We’ve created a list of five easy summer treats you can whip up in minutes.  

Root Beer Floats

These are pretty much a staple, right? Plus, it’s as yummy as easy it is to make — vanilla ice-cream and your favorite root beer!

Directions:

  • Put a few scoops of vanilla ice cream in a tall float glass
  • Pour root beer over the ice cream
  • Optional: Top off with a dollop of whipped cream for extra richness!

You can make your floats alcoholic or non-alcoholic depending on who you’re serving it to — kids or adults.

Homemade Popsicles

Summer calls for homemade popsicles and while there are plenty of recipes to make them, here’s a super-easy one that involves only a few ingredients and absolutely no fuss — simply blitz in a blender, pour into popsicle molds, freeze, and enjoy!

Ingredients: Any fruit of your choice, plus 1 cup fruit juice. You can add more than one type of fruit for interesting flavor combinations. Make whatever you and your family enjoy best!

Directions:

  • Add the fruits and fruit juice in a food processor/blender. Puree till perfectly blended.
  • Pour the mixture into popsicle molds, place the sticks, and freeze till the popsicles are fully set.
  • Twist the popsicles out of the mold before serving.

Lemonade… with a Twist

Sipping a glass of lemonade is the best way to spend a hot summer day. But you can make it even better by putting a twist on this classic summer drink. Here’s how!

For one pitcher of lemonade, you’ll need the following Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water       
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 pint of pureed fruits (all types of berries, pineapple or watermelon work great with this recipe)
  • 4-5 cups cold water
  • Mint leaves (optional)

Directions:

  • Boil one cup water and one cup sugar in a saucepan to make a simple syrup.
  • Let the mixture cool. Add it to pitcher.
  • Pour in fresh lemon juice, pureed fruits and four cups cold water. If you don’t like a thicker consistency, strain the fruit puree and then combine the strained juice into the lemonade.
  • You can throw in some mint leaves to make the drink more refreshing.

Serve this lemonade chilled for a tangy treat!

Easy Homemade Sundaes

Sundaes are so fun— a step above ice cream, in terms of both taste and looks. The best part? All you need to have is a tub of ice cream in your freezer and you can easily create amazing sundaes in a snap.

Here are some variations you can try:

  • Nut and Caramel Sundae - Place 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream in a small bowl. Pour a generous dose of caramel sauce. Top it off with bits of toasted almonds, peanuts, and walnuts.
  • Pina Colada Sundae - Add some finely chopped pineapple and shredded coconut to a bowl of vanilla ice cream and voila – Pina Colada treat!
  • Rainbow Sundae - Put 2-3 scoops of strawberry ice cream in a mini dessert glass. Layer with crushed kiwis, blueberry jam, strawberry pulp, and orange marmalade. Drizzle chocolate syrup and some rainbow sprinkles. Top off with a cherry, of course!

Really, though, the possibilities of sundaes are limitless! If you’re not sure what your guests will like best, particularly if there are kids around, create a simple sundae bar with bowls of fruit, sprinkles and candy, jars of chocolate, caramel and butterscotch and chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Easy and you’re sure to please everyone!

Summer Fruit Smoothie

Smoothies are a crowd-pleaser and a really uncomplicated treat to make when you’re craving something sweet and cold. Here’s a quick recipe that you can easily tweak to your taste.

For two servings, you’ll need the following Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries, raspberries, or cherries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice / apple juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or honey, to taste
  • 3-4 Ice cubes (optional)
  • Mint leaves, to garnish

Directions:

  • Peel and slice the banana.
  • Combine all the ingredients except mint leaves in a food processer/blender. Blitz until smooth.
  • If the mixture is a bit too thick for your liking, add a splash of juice and blend again.
  • Pour into glasses.
  • Garnish with mint leaves and serve chilled.

We hope these simple, refreshing recipes become summer staples with your family and friends as you make the most of your summer.