Finding something that can quench your thirst when the weather is hot, like really hot, is hard. However, creating a refreshing drink to cool down your overheated body after riding, as in pedaling a bicycle, for over 35 miles in 95+ weather is a challenge!
For the past six weeks, Ben and I have been training for a fund-raising bicycle ride in Colorado. It’s BIKE MS and here’s my page! Part of our training was in South Carolina, which is total flat land…sure we did some distance riding on our ‘Pee Wee Herman’ bikes, and that just kind of conditioned our behinds. Not bad, but not nearly enough. When we got to Colorado is when we began our training in earnest! Here we’ve been doing major riding, 25+ miles a day, climbing elevations of 2000+ plus, handling grades of 6-9%, which means granny gear all the way. After these gut-wrenching rides, there’s nothing like a drink, non-alcoholic, of course, that makes it all worth while. This ‘Dreamsicle Frozen Sparkling Drink’ does it. You’ll need a spoon, and I not only drank every drop, but ate everything including the wonderful mint!
Makes: One Drink
What you need:
¼ cup heavy cream
¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
2 tbl orange zest (divided)
8-10 very thinly sliced orange wedges
10-12 mint leaves
½ banana cut into 4 pieces
1 skewer stick
½ tsp sugar
1 can Fresca Peach Citrus
1 mint sprig (garnish)
What you do:
Using a 12-16 ounce wide mouthed container (i.e., Ball or Mason jar), line sides with 6-8 orange slices. Put 4-5 ice cubes in the container. Mix cream, orange juice and 4-5 mint leaves (these can be chopped or whole). Pour over ice cubes. Place in freezer. Skewer the bananas and mint leaves then dust with the sugar. Place on a papertowel and put in freezer. Remove when frozen.
Place a few more ice cubes in the cup and pour Fresca over it. Top with some orange zest, a few mint leaves and orange slices. Top with the frozen skewered banana and mint sprig. Keep adding Fresca as needed.
©2012 Alice D’Antoni Phillips Ally’s Kitchen