By Jill McRae of True Beverages
Balmy summer nights beg for chilled patio drinks and backyard barbecues. But before you reach for the rosé, consider fixing yourself and your loved ones a drink with Superfruits. Not only are Superfruits rich in antioxidants, but those sweet-smelling berries are great for the brain, heart and overall health.
Whether you’re planning a family picnic, or a mommy’s night off, here are four delicious ways to work Superfruits into your summer party.
TrueBlack Sangria is a simple recipe that is bursting with fresh fruit and flavour. Squeezed for time? Mix this sangria the day before and it will be just as tasty. The not-so-secret ingredient to this sangria is new TrueBlack juice made from grape, blackberry and aronia berry juice.
3 cups Cabernet Sauvignon - note: use PureBlue UnWine for a non-alcoholic version. S.R.
1 cup orange juice
1 16oz can red grapefruit sections (juice and fruit) - note: use 1 large pink grapefruit when available. S.R.
2 navel oranges sliced
2 limes sliced
1 lemon sliced
3 fresh peaches, skinned and sliced in eights
Garnish with fresh or frozen blueberries or blackberries
The Antioxidant Blutini combines the flavours of TrueBlue with citrus and nutty liquors to create a smooth, refreshing cocktail. Get your superfruit fix shaken over ice with this blueberry based cocktail that is high in antioxidants.
1 oz TrueBlue (any flavour)
1 oz triple sec
½ oz amaretto
½ oz cointreau
Not only will this party punch withstand the taste test, it contains no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Wild blueberries top the superfruits chart and have been linked to promoting memory and brain health.
TrueBlue Party Punch
2 cups (500ml) TrueBlue Wild Blueberry
2 cups (500ml) ginger ale
1 cup (250ml) orange juice
2 tbsp (30ml) lemon juice
It’s not hard to convince kids to get on board with TrueBlack Blackberry Popsicles especially if you add fresh blueberries and blackberries! Simple and delicious, this is a treat that parents can feel good about offering their kids. TrueBlack Blackberry is all natural and packed with nutritious berry juices rather than sugar.
TrueBlack Swirl Popsicles
1 cup (250ml) TrueBlack Blackberry
1 cup (250 ml) plain yogurt - note: I suggest organic Greek-style plain yogurt. S.R.
1 tbsp honey
Combine honey with yogurt. Pour an inch of yogurt into the popsicle molds, then an inch of TrueBlack juice, and repeat until the molds are filled. Use a chopstick or skewer to gently swirl the liquids together. Freeze overnight.
Jill McRae is a mom and Chief Tastemaker for True Beverages, which are made in Canada and formulated without additives or preservatives. Taste how much they care by trying these delicious and natural, close to home juice blends. For more information visit: www.leadingbrandsinc.com and for more recipes check out http://www.leadingbrandsinc.com/recipes.html