15 Summer Drinks To Cool Off With In This Heat

A cool yummy drink is all you need to complete your summer experience.
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  1. Iced Green Tea with Coconut Water

Not much of a tea drinker? This version of iced tea has coconut water added in. Even if you don't like the taste of green tea or coconuts, this recipe isn’t too overwhelming and makes for a great refreshing companion in the hot weather.

  1. Iced Green Tea Latte

If you're on the opposite side of the spectrum and love the rich matcha taste, try to this super easy recipe that rivals Starbucks, mixing green tea powder with vanilla syrup.

  1. Strawberry Lemonade Slush

Frozen strawberries and lemon juice create a sweet and tangy slushie that you'll fall in love with and probably make long after summer’s passed.

  1. Watermelon Breeze

Make use of this fruit in season, blend it in with coconut water then add a sprig of mint for a fresh and low calorie drink.

  1. Shirley Temple

Give yourself a fizzy Shirley Temple to sip on; it’s a layer of orange juice, lime soda, gingerale and gerandine syrup topped off with a cherry!

  1. Vanilla Lavender Limeade

Steep lavender buds or lavender tea to create the base for your drink then with a couple of limes and a lemon, squeeze in the cooled infusion.

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  1. Arnold Palmer

This cool beverage is a mix of iced tea and lemonade, two popular summer drinks in one.

  1. Orangesicle Float

Fill a tall glass with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and pour with a mix of your fave orange sodas, finish it with a pump of whipped cream.

  1. Honey Lemonade Mint

If you're looking for a healthier alternative to these summer drinks, substitute sugar with honey and add to lemon infused in water. It's still a sweet, energizing drink without the concentrated ingredients.

  1. Coconut Chai Iced Coffee

The coffee lover in you can rejoice, this recipe calls for your fave cold brew mixed with coconut milk and simple syrup. Stay cool and energized for the activities lined up for you this summer.

  1. Galaxy Milkshake

Enjoy the milky goodness of this thirst-quencher with a simple blend of vanilla ice cream and your choice of milk, use food coloring to create a galaxy of colors.

  1. Vegan Thai Iced Tea

This vegan-friendly drink doesn't only make use of natural ingredients you can easily find in your grocery store, but it tastes just as good as the original version you’d order in Thai restos.

  1. Strawberry Mango Bubble Tea

Make your smoothies more interesting by adding some boba to them, the different texture and gummy balls make it more fun to drink.

  1. LeFou's Brew

This Beauty and the Beast inspired drink is really served at Disneyland and is a mix of frozen apple juice for the slushie effect and marshmallow syrup, yum! Makes you want to burst into song!

  1. Rootbeer Slushie

Turn any soda into a slushie with a simple trick from this recipe, a root beer slushie would really hit the spot in this heat!









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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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