Summer Coolers

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Summer Coolers

Ice water is refreshing, but sometimes you just want a little flavor in your glass.

Don’t these look refreshing?  And they are so simple.  And delicious!  You can make each of these in a pitcher, or your glass, or even in a quart canning jar.

Herbaceous Cooler – Muddle a few sprigs of mint and cilantro and a couple of basil leaves in the bottom of a glass with a squeeze of lemon juice. Add a handful of ice and top off with soda water for a refreshing herbal treat.

Cucumber Mint Water –  To make a single serving, put a few slices of cucumber and a mint sprig into your glass, add a handful of ice, top off with water, stir, and sip!

Citrus Soda – Over a handful of ice, combine 1 part orange or tangerine juice, 1 part grapefruit juice, and 1 part soda water. Mix and serve.

Citrus Berry – Combine orange slice, a handful of blueberries, and a handful of ice.  Top off with water, stir, and enjoy.

Lemon Berry – Combine lemon slices, a handful of raspberries, a handful of ice, and top off with water (or lemon water).

Coconut Water – You can drink your coconut water chilled on its own or add a squeeze of lime to brighten it up. It’s also great for adding a tropical twist to your morning smoothie!

Iced Ginger Tea with Lemon – Boil 4 cups of water and pour over large bowl with 4 bags of ginger tea. Steep for 15-20 minutes, then remove the bags and transfer to a pitcher. Pour the tea into glasses full of ice and add a squeeze of lemon.

Iced Orange Chamomile Tea – Bring 3 1/2 cups of water to a boil, then turn off the burner and submerge 4  bags of chamomile tea. Steep for 5-7 minutes, then transfer to a pitcher and  let it cool completely. Add 1/2 cup of orange juice to the pitcher and pour it into glasses full of ice to serve.

Chigger Relief

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The one thing I hate about this time of year is chiggers!  Pesky little critters that leave red, itchy, bites that allow for no relief.  But, in all of my research, I have found a new form of relief for the torment.

Disclosure:   The following is not under any circumstances intended as medical advice, or intended to be used in place of a physician .

Recipe:   Pine Sap Drawing Salve

Gather as much pliable pine sap as you can.  Put it in a clean container that can be thrown away when you are finished.  Place the container in a pan of water and heat on the stove until the sap is melted enough to stir.  Use something disposable for stirring.

Add an equal amount of tallow, using just enough that it is not  real sticky.  Continue heating until the mixture is melted and well mixed.  Cool.

Pour into disposable plastic containers that have lids.  I like to use empty prescription bottles.  Label.

Put a dab on the chigger site and cover with a band-aid, or bandage, as needed.  Repeat for a couple of days and they will be gone!  RELIEF!!!

*  Note:  It is a great drawing salve for splinters that refuse to come out.