The kids are back to school, but summer is hardly over. Celebrate with one more picnic, BBQ or deck party. Today’s recipe is my second entry in the Steviva Blogger Recipe Challenge. It’s my new go-to summer drink which can also be dressed up for any upcoming holiday parties.
Never a fan of green juice you might wonder how I came up with this emerald beauty. Well, I am a huge fan of the drink called an Arnold Palmer. It’s a mix of lemonade and iced tea. I wanted a healthier version that would still quench my thirst, but eliminate all the sugar. While I was at it I thought I could boost the flavor profile and health benefits with fresh cucumbers and mint from my garden and a touch of matcha tea.
The drink gets its sweetness from Nectevia. Nectevia is made from organic agave nectar that is enhanced with stevia. It’s 4x sweeter than sugar, safe for diabetics, Kosher, non-GMO and easily dissolves in liquids. It has a clean refreshing sweetness with no bitter after taste. It’s perfect for sweetening beverages like my Sparkling Emerald Palmer. Cheers!
[recipe title=”Sparkling Emerald Palmer” servings=”4″]
1 medium organic (unwaxed) cucumber, ends trimmed (do not peel), chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
2½ cups cold water
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
¼ cup Nectevia or more to taste
1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
chilled sparkling water, club soda, prosecco or champagne
fresh mint, lime slices, fresh raspberries for garnish
In a blender, combine chopped cucumber, mint and ½ cup of water; blend until mixture is smooth. Add remaining water, lime and lemon juice, Nectevia and green tea powder; blend until mixture is very smooth. Strain, if desired. Pour into ice-filled glasses or shake with ice and strain into flutes. Top with sparkling water or prosecco. Garnish edge of glass with a fresh lime slice and sprig of mint. Float raspberries in glass, if desired. [/recipe]
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Thank you Stevia Brands for this fun opportunity to play with my food and drinks. A toast to you.