Nice looking drinks
Off the top of my memory now , and not the right time
I like early Spring tea made with early Japenese maple leaves
I made that up after giving a taste nice sour flavor , but really soon they lose the flavor like it is early, and have more of a leafy flavor.
Gingko Tea This helps blood flow to the brain
Older leaves have a potent effect , but middle of summer has a nice flavor with honeyish flavor (sugar added)
(I do not mind the later fall flavor, but think some would be turned off by it)
I use a 3 gallon pot, and make a gallon
It’s good for you, but makes you feel euphoric (also the next day as well)
I like bitter flavors so drink a lot of black tea
even on a bicycle trip made tea out of a mango seed
yes used my mouth as a Blender hahah
(I have a mess kit for a pot in the middle of no where ,
but gas stations have red water spouts on the coffee makers)
(I use a vegetable oil candle and a commercial pickle jar lid not masson jar lid for holding the oil (lamp )
I also like Curly dock (rumex crispus) seeds, but not often or much just if I was desparate for bitter tea
Curly dock can accumulate Iron so just in a situation with out Black tea (bitter)
Not remembering everything at this moment, but Catnip (mint) that picked wild is good tea
I like hot soaking tea of that kind even cooled after , but also like cold soaking for a day as well.
I know persimmon leaves are supposed to make good tea, but have not tried
I do have some (mexican) Avocado leaves from store I plan to try soon
(but do not use other species as they can be toxic)
In the Laurel family is also spice bush so want to try that in tea blends as well
I know you said summer drinks but I am refering to cooling these tea’s down (except bitter types)
I cannot taste bitter very hot or to cold I like it warm (a goldielocks kind of thing)
Of coarse bitter beer hop tea is good as well worm wood , but not for everyone.
That Hibiscus tea (it’s cheap) from the mexican store is good as well (cooled)
Taste like cranberry (some people call it Florida Cranberry
(or Jamaica pronounced HiH - MAKE -Ah) – In Mexican stores
They also sell A Squash that looks like a Water melon
I like to bake that in the oven (people boil it)
then make a drink from it and refridgerate
(got to add a Number of Ingriedients , but not going to write all those right now
I skip on some sometimes as well if I do not have them, and it’s still pretty good
Kind of like a Pumpkin smell but in a drink.
I prefer Mine with little amounts of Pineapple not large just for a subtle flavor
not over powering the squashes flavor .
Found that out, when I barely had any pineapple when I first made it
(Or maybe that was their recipe I read)
but I know I like it better that way,.
I also like a Rhubarb drink
I know it has oxalic acid , but do not over do it all the time
you’d need a lot
(I have been sick from drinking to much in 9% wine over 4 to 6 pounds at a time in a gallon)
want to start making horchata (rice water) as well
Somethings on my mind but cannot remember, but I also like taking those supper sour grapes wild (river bank grape vitis riparia) ones I can dillute 10 pounds with like over 2 gallons of water (or is it 2 gallons total plus grapes or 3 gallons total )
Usually this is done in a bucket so the only way for me to know is to weigh in a bucket , but never really care to (A gallon of water weighs 8 pounds)
That is pretty good juice , you’d need to add a lot of sugar though.
I have been making a lot of candied Ginger so have plenty of left over syrup (after boiling for over 5 hours in it.)
That is pretty good to add to drinks (better drizzled on pop corn)
I will be honest have not been making as much this year though
as far as drinks , but have recently bought ever clear Soaked some spices in it
Like anise seed for flavorings
I read a book a long while back called the drunken botanist
lots of different herbs used for Liquors for flavoring I’d like to experiment with
not big on sweets (some times) but a lot of herbs/bitters to balance the alcohol flavor , and many medicinal.
I think for a sweeter summer drink some of those (made into extracts ) would go good with fruit based drinks.
like wormwood or angelica root etc.