Cooking Cardiologist — Quenching your thirst

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DENVER -- Surprisingly, pure water is not flavorful. Rarely do we get a chance to taste pure electrified water without any traces of minerals.

The traces of minerals give water the “taste." This fact is the basis for all of the bottled waters available in stores. Most water is purified from a city water service and then minerals are added.

Most beverages contain water, though water is not considered a beverage. Even absolute alcohol has 1 percent water. W.C. Fields was once quoted as saying, “I never drink a substance where fish have made love."

Below are a few beverages to quench your thirst.

Grilled Lemonade

It sounds impossible, putting a liquid on the grill. Actually, the lemons are grilled to make the lemonade. The grilling reduces the “sweetness” and “acidity” of the lemons. On a BBQ grill, the lemons take on a smoky flavor.

Ingredients

6 lemons halved
¼ to ½ cup Truvia Blend (½ sugar and ½ Stevia). Adjust to desired sweetness
2 cups water
Ice

On a medium heated grill or a grill pan on the stove (a cast iron ridged grill pan works best), grill the cut lemons until the surface is caramelized. Remove from heat. Cool

Slice off the tops and reserve for garnish. In a juicer, juice all lemons. Discard the squeezed lemons. In a large pitcher, add the lemon juice (3/4 of a cup), the water and sweetener according to taste preferences. Stir to combine. Pour over 6 glasses filled with ice. Garnish with the roasted grilled lemon tops. Serves 6.

Watermelon Cranberry Slushy

Here is a refreshing beverage on your deck. It is not suitable for a picnic unless freezer capabilities are available. It is non-alcoholic and quite a thirst quencher with a rich red color.

2 cups frozen cubed seedless watermelon
2 cups Lite Cranberry juice
Ice to thicken
Mint leaves for garnish

In a blender add the frozen watermelon and 1 cup of the cranberry juice. Add ice to thicken to form an iced slushy. Severs 4.

Icicle Lime Beer

Here’s a beverage that transforms adults back to kids again. Putting ice cubes in beer is unthinkable, but lime in a Corona … now that is a different matter. For those who do not like beer, this beer is for you. For those who are beer enthusiasts, pass this beverage to others.

1 chilled Corona Lite beer
1 complete lime icicle pop, do not remove handle
1 wedge of a cut lime
1 beer glass

Place the icicle pop into the beer mug. Pour the beer over the lime icicle. Garnish with a wedge of lime. As the evening rolls on, the lime icicle will melt creating more lime flavor. Serves 1.

Bubbles with Fruit

A few bubbles and fresh fruit are very refreshing. These beverages can be made with and without alcohol. Champagne of coarse is the classic addition, but tonic water, sparkling water or a few bubbling low calorie beverages can be used. The secret is to use a frozen fruit, your choice from strawberries to blueberries.

1 bottle of split champagne, rose is best (should make 2 glasses). Non-alcoholic beverages include diet tonic water, sparkling water, and Italian Sparkling Water
4 strawberries frozen
Mint leaf for garnish

In 2 champagne glasses, add two strawberries, frozen. Fill with the champagne. Garnish with the mint leaves.