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As I sit here at my desk writing up this post, the sun is peaking through the clouds.  You see, we just experienced a heavy downpour due to a tropical storm in our midst, but even with the rain – it’s still quite hot and humid.  I honestly forgot to share this delicious recipe with all of you and decided I better hop on it and get it out before Fall approaches us and I completely forget altogether.  It’s been pretty warm lately here in Hawaii and while I do enjoy the summer months, I enjoy a great drink that just hits the spot to cool you down in a heartbeat.  Today I’ll be sharing with you a couple of easy to do recipes that are for drinks that are refreshing and light – perfect for the last of the summer months.  These drinks feature Cascade Ice and a few ingredients but they will be an absolute hit at your backyard BBQ or potluck or just to enjoy while sitting on the veranda enjoying the warm summer and what’s left of it.

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Let’s start with the Coco-Lemonade:

Let’s face it, a BBQ isn’t complete without some good ol’ fashion lemonade and it’s probably one of my favorite summer drinks.  This Coco-Lemonade is great and offers a fun little twist.  Start with a chilled glass full of ice and add 3 oz. of Cascade Ice Coconut and 4 oz. of Cascade Ice Lemonade.  Garnish with sliced lemons and a sugar rim for that sweet and tart taste and a little glam.  This is the perfect drink for the little ones because it’s refreshing and who doesn’t love a great lemonade.  Looking to spice it up a bit?  Add a shot of coconut rum to give it that pina collada twist with some lemon flare.  Garnish with coconut sugar and you have yourself a delicious drink.

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Cascade Ice offers a variety of delicious drinks for any BBQ or Summer Party (as well as year round).  Blueberry Watermelon, Strawberry Lemonade, Coconut, Lemonade and Pomegranate Berry are all delicious and refreshing all on their own.  You can experience guilt-free taste without the sodium, caffeine and gluten and enjoy the taste that’s absolutely great.  Cascade Ice offers 30 great tasting varieties.  Cascade Ice water is a flavored sparkling water with a clean crisp, delicious taste.  Cascade Ice water eliminates the unnecessary, unhealthy “extras” you can find in other flavor waters like sugar, sodium, carbs, caffeine and gluten and gives you pure, refreshing taste that you’ll love.

Not into coconut or lemon?  Don’t you worry – I got you covered with a few more recipes you can try.  For my melon lovers, try the Melon Mixer.  That delicious watermelon we see in stores can be used in a wonderful and refreshing, thirst quenching drink.  Start with 3 oz. of Cascade Ice Blueberry Watermelon (yum).  Pour in 1 oz. of club soda and add several slices of watermelon and blueberries to the mix.  Stir to release the fresh flavor and you’ll have a drink fit for the Gods.  Add a little vodka for an adult version of this drink and you are good to go.

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Love Pomegranate?  Well, try the Pomegranate Icer.  Since Pomegranates pack a punch of vitamins and anti-oxidants and they are in season for summer, this is the perfect time to try this drink.  Start with 4 oz. of Cascade Ice Pomegranate Berry and 1 oz of Cascade Ice Strawberry Lemonade in a glass with crushed ice.  Top it off with fresh pomegranate seeds for the perfect touch.  You can turn this drink into a cocktail version by adding a shot glass or two of vodka and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

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Looking for more ideas for summer drinks that will cool you off?  Check out the recipe section on the Cascade Ice site and get inspired.  http://www.cascadeicewater.com/recipes.html

I’m looking forward to trying out new recipes and I love that I can find Cascade Ice at so many locations in the islands.  The drinks are delicious and I love that there are so many flavors that everyone in my family will find one they enjoy.  What about you?  Do you think any of these drinks will tickle your fancy this summer and if you do – which one do you think you’ll give a whirl.

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Do you follow me on Snapchat?  If so, you may have seen my short little demo of my version of the Starbucks Pink Drink and how I created my own.  It’s really easy (I have a download of the DIY from my snaps embedded below) and most of the time you can either find all the ingredients you need in your refrigerator or freezer or they are cheap to pick up from your local grocer.  Today I’m going to share with you the recipe and a little chit chat too.  So – keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY Starbuck’s Pink Drink – the drink that’s so popular on Social Media that many Starbucks shops are having a hard time keeping them in stock.

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So what is the Starbucks Pink Drink and what does it consist of?  The Starbucks Pink Drink includes the Strawberry Acai Refresher (a drink that is normally served on ice with water as its base liquid) and instead of water, it is mixed with coconut milk.  It’s easy to make and if you are looking to really keep with the Starbucks flavor – you can certainly pick up your own packet mix from your local Target or Starbucks and mix the powder with ice and coconut milk, add a few chopped up strawberries and you’re good to go.  A few days ago, I ordered my own version of the Pink Drink with a Very Berry Refresher instead of the Strawberry Acai from Starbucks and realized that I wanted something with a little more body to it so I created my own version of the Strawberry Acai since I already had the supplies on hand.

Here’s what you need to create your own Starbucks Pink Drink at home:

  • Strawberries – I decided to go with frozen Strawberries because it’s what I had on hand and I wanted a frothier taste and texture with a little more body.  I used about 20 medium to large sized frozen strawberries to make 62 oz of pink drink.
  • Acai Blend – You can find these at your local grocer in the frozen section.  I always have this on hand because I make homemade Acai Bowls.  If you are using the packets I have – then you’ll want to use half of the packet to 62 oz. of the pink drink.
  • Coconut Milk – You can use any kind you have or want.  I chose the Silk Coconut Milk because it is what we have on hand.  I used approximately 42 oz. of coconut milk added into my pink drink.
  • White Grape Juice Concentrate – these are cheap so I tend to have a few in the freezer at any given time.  The white grape juice is best because it adds a bit of sweetness without changing the color of the juice, leaving it with its pink hue.  You can also use apple juice.  I used approximately 12 oz. of white grape juice concentrate added to my pink drink.

This recipe will make 2 Trenta Sized (31 oz.) cups for a total of 62 oz.  You can opt to use smaller cups but that is what I had to use so I measured accordingly.

In the video embedded above – I share with you what I shared with my Snap Fam. Basically it’s the quick and easy steps in Snapchat form. Making this drink should be easy, fun and literally take a minute or two – making it the perfect summer drink.

  1. Place your strawberries, acai blend and white grape concentrate into a blender, food processor, etc.  I used my Ninja to chop them up and slightly pulse the strawberries so that it would blend all the ingredients, but also break down the strawberries so they were not whole.  You want to leave a little bit of body left in the mix so you get strawberry pieces blended into your drink.  It makes it taste better.  If you are using fresh strawberries, chop up your strawberries that are being placed into the coconut milk, but blend the others to get that pink drink and full bodied flavor.
  2. Add your strawberry, acai and white grape juice mixture in the bottom of your cup.  Since I had gone to Starbucks the day before – I used Trenta cups to host my drink.
  3. Add your coconut milk.  I poured the coconut milk to fill the remainder  3/4 of the cup but still leaving enough room to stir the mixture within the cup without making a mess.
  4. Stir the coconut milk and strawberry mixture together until you see the beautiful pink shade and the milk and fruit blend is combined.
  5. Enjoy!

If the drink is too sweet for you – decrease the amount of white grape concentrate and replace with more coconut milk or just add more coconut milk to the drink.  You can store this in the refrigerator for a few days before drinking, but just make sure you stir up the mixture before serving to combine since the fruit will settle and the coconut milk can separate.

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Check out my quick Snapchat Video here (which I have uploaded to YouTube for future reference) so that you can kind of see how much you should blend the strawberries to get the right consistency.  But remember… you can’t screw this up – taper the recipe to fit your need and create your own.  This is so easy to make that my family is absolutely loving it and it will be a hit for summer parties.  If you decide to create your own, please be sure to stop in and let me know – I would love to hear how it worked out for you.  Not a strawberry fan?  Use mangoes, any other type of berries, melons or what ever type of fruit you desire.

** And, if you are looking to turn this into a little cocktail for the summer – add coconut rum and you’ll have a delicious summer cocktail beverage. 

Have you tried the infamous Pink Drink from Starbucks?  If so, are you planning to try this recipe at home and make your own?  I hope you enjoy!

Happy Summer

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Disclaimer:  This is my own take on the infamous Starbucks Pink Drink.  I do not work for Starbucks nor am I getting paid to provide this recipe for anyone.  Affiliate links are posted through out.  It has taken me a few days to get the taste the way I want it, but I do not claim to have come up with the original Starbucks recipe – this is just my own version and take on the drink.  To me it tastes similar and I like it.

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It’s no secret if you have been visiting here on my blog, that I’m a huge fan of coconut oil, coconut water and just coconuts in general.  I love the flavor and I love the scent but I also love the ingredient in itself as it has definitely been a huge part of my skin care routine, health and overall well being.  Recently I was given the opportunity to try INVO Coconut Water.  I haven’t particularly heard about the brand before and being a coconut water connoisseur myself, I thought I would try it out.  Today I share with you my thoughts on this product, it’s benefitis and whether or not I enjoyed it on this week’s Foodie Friday.

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I’m a huge believer in the fact that water is such an essential nutrient for our bodies and drinking its minimum amount each day is a necessity.  But, I also know that if this is something new for you – new and innovative ways to drink as much water as you can is definitely a must.  Because of this, sometimes I like to mix things up a bit and drink some coconut water that helps to not only provide the refreshment my body needs but also the hydration.  INVO Coconut Water is a refreshing and flavorful healthy coconut drink that is not only easy to take around with you but it delicious and will easily become your go-to drink from the instant you start sipping on it.

Since coconuts are 99% fat-free and naturally low in sugar and packed with calcium and magnesium it makes a great drink for every day or after an aggressive work out.  INVO coconut water drinks are never heat pasteurized and have 100% coconut juice and electrolytes that help to aid in rapid hydration.  This drink is seriously a must for those warm summer days or a nice day out at the beach.  It’s available in three great flavors – Pure, Green Tea and Tropical.  Because of INVO’s creative cold water pasteurization, your coconut water is kept fresh, clean, delicious and special!

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Besides being very refreshing, coconut water contains 5 essential electrolytes to keep you hydrated.  It also has as much potassium as one banana which I love.  And, an interesting tidbit from INVO is that there is a pink hue in their coconut water which is a result of a natural enzymatic process that causes the polyphenolics present in raw coconut water to turn pink over time.

As mentioned before, the Coconut water goes through a High Pressure Processing to ensure you are getting the best quality product that tastes and is fresh.  What is High Pressure Processing or HPP?  Well, it is a cold pasteurization technique which INVO has named “cold-crafting”.  This process inactivates bacteria, viruses, yeast and molds that are present in all foods – thereby guaranteeing food safety and extending the shelf life of your product.  Unlike most juices, which are heat pasteurized, ‘cold-crafting’ only uses cold water under high pressure.  Due to the absence of heat in the process, the organoleptic and nutrional properties of the food are maintained, allowing the product to retain its fresh taste and nutritional content, just like mother nature intended it be.  Since the INVO Coconut waters are 100% cold crafted, there are no nasties ever added.  INVO prides themselves in giving us the true freshly-cracked coconut water experience.

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So now that I’ve taken the time to give you the run down on the products, all the technical and scientific information and everything in between; I’m going to share with you my overall thoughts on this drink.

First of all, if you are not a fan of the coconut flavor (I know some people don’t like it), I suggest going with the Tropical Flavor.  My sons all love the Tropical flavor though they enjoy them all.  It taste like a tropical fruit punch and the coconut flavor is not as prominent, though you easily have a quenched thirst, feel re-hydrated and it’s delicious.  If you are someone that loves Green Tea or Tea flavors, I think you’ll quite enjoy the Sencha Green Tea.  It’s got a great tea flavor and if you are someone that enjoys a great green tea, you’ll love this particular flavor.  My favorite out of the three I tried is the Pure Coconut Water.  It tastes just like fresh coconut juice/water that you would get here in Hawaii right off the tree.

Each drink is not only delicious, but really great for a usual Hawaii day.  While these are made in Thailand, they are offered at many retailers through out the US and I have been told they can be found at Whole Foods, though I haven’t found them at my local store.  Once they are available, I will admit that this will be a staple in our household because everyone loves them.

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The INVO Coconut water is gluten free, Kosher and Vegan.  And, like most premium food products, INVO Coconut Water requires refrigeration for optimum quality and safety so make sure you do not drink the water if you suspect that it hasn’t been kept chilled.  If you are allergic to nuts, while it is extremely rare to have a coconut water allergy, it is best to seek medical advice prior to consuming these drinks since Coconuts are tree nuts.  The INVO Coconut Water is a good source of vitamin C& B group vitamins and great after a work out!

My family and I are really enjoy these coconut waters and I highly recommend them.  We give these treats a two thumbs up each and all agree they are delicious but great for keeping hydrated.  If I were running consistently or on a jog, I would pull for this directly after to replenish my electrolytes.  INVO is coming out with some great new flavors which I’m also really excited to try.  I think if you are someone that wants to change up your water routine or try something new, this would make a great treat.  And, as I mentioned before, it’s great for the whole family.

Learn more about INVO Coconut Water here: http://www.invococonutwater.com/  and be sure to check out their Facebook Page for all kinds of information, reviews and more.

Have you heard of INVO Coconut Water?  Are you a coconut water drinker like I am?  Comment below and let me know your thoughts on the delicious goodness.

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Disclaimer:  The product(s) mentioned and featured in this post were sent to me for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts or feature this product.  Affiliate links are posted through out.