Now that we are on the topic of summer refreshment ideas, this leads me to my next summer drink recipe – Cantaloupe Carrot Drink. Melons are at their freshest and juiciest in the summer. With a combination of cantaloupe and shredded carrots blended in with fresh orange juice, this summer drink is a palate pleaser to the taste buds and a reliever to the scorched throat. Plus it’s not nearly as caloric or excessively sugary as these processed fruit drinks. You can throw in some pineapple as well if you choose to. I spiced my drink up with cinnamon and ginger. For an adult version, you can add some white wine, vodka or tequila. Cantaloupe or orange melon as some of you may refer it to as such, is a summer season fruit thought to be originated from India, ancient Persia, or Africa. They grow best on draining sandy soil with good irrigation facility, and require honeybees for effective pollination. Aside for being juicy and rich in flavor, cantaloupe is very low in calories and fat. Nonetheless, this melon is rich in numerous health promoting poly-phenolic plant derived compounds, vitamins, and minerals that are absolute for optimum health. For instance, cantaloupe is an excellent source of vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that is essential for vision. It is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin A is known to help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. Like watermelon and honeydew, cantaloupe can make delicious additions to fruit salads, desserts, and of course drinks. This cantaloupe carrot drink would make a wonderful refreshment at your July 4th barbeque. The more chilled this drink is, the better it tastes.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 cantaloupe cut into cubes or scooped into balls
- 3-4 large carrots peeled and shredded
- 1 cup of pineapple chunks or water
- Juice from 2-3 oranges or 1 cup of unsweetened orange juice
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of minced ginger
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well till smooth. Strain pulp using a sieve. Transfer to a pitcher and chill for an hour before serving.
Yields 4 servings