Frozen Sangria Lemonade and Other Summer Drinks

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Frozen grapes in cherry drink garnished with a strawberry. So refreshing!

Here’s a light refreshing drink fit for combating any summer heat made from organic fruit and juices plus a little creativity.

At the beginning of the year, I started taking 4 tablespoons of collagen powder everyday to help heal leaky gut. It has also improved my tendon and muscle elasticity, according to my chiropractor. He says I’m easier to adjust and I hold the adjustments longer since I started taking the collagen.

At first, it was simple to add the collagen powder to filtered water, a little lemon juice, and stevia then down it. But as the weather got warmer, that just didn’t appeal anymore. So I got creative!

Basic Drink

This is not much of a recipe. The choices you make in building the drink are what make it interesting. For a 16 ounce drink:

  • 1-3 oz organic unsweetened juice of your choice (Lemon juice is very strong. Start easy!)
  • 13-15 oz filtered water (or sparkling water)
  • sweetener to taste (stevia, honey, agave, maple syrup, coconut sugar simple syrup)
  • frozen fruit “ice cubes” (green or red grapes, any berry, grapefruit supremes)

I put the water, juice, sweetener, and collagen powder in a large canning jar with a blender ball (from a blender bottle) and shake until the powder dissolves. Pour over the “ice cubes” of your choice and you’ve got a light refreshing drink to beat the summer heat!

Optional Add-ins

There you have it. It’s basically jazzed up organic koolaid—great for adults and kids (without the alcohol, of course).

Ice Cubes with A Spicy Kick

For a flavor boost, I decided to make ginger ice cubes by steeping ginger slices in boiling water. I also think there are possibilities for cinnamon, star anise, and maybe even clove ice cubes!

Examples to Inspire Your Own Drink Creations

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Frozen Lemonade with red grapes


Make it Slushy!

For the frozen lemonade, I had to freeze lemon juice with honey in ice cube trays. Once frozen, I was able to blend them in a high powered blender and slowly add the water (with the collagen powder already mixed in it). The collagen made it a little frothy as you can see from the slideshow.

Note: Stevia won’t work here as the cube will freeze up hard like regular ice cubes and not slushy.

What’s my favorite flavor combo? Cherry with grapefruit ice cubes. When posting the slideshow I realized I didn’t have a shot of it. I must like it so much that I never stopped to take a picture!


Here’s a little mix and match chart to fuel your imagination in creating your own summer drinks. Enjoy!



**Update 08/30/2014**

I have discovered watermelon ice cubes! The trick is to blend up the watermelon, strain the seeds, and freeze in ice cube trays. They pair well with the tartness of lemonade. :-)

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28 Responses to Frozen Sangria Lemonade and Other Summer Drinks

  1. Oh, man, I love my slushie drinks in the summer. Going to have to try this one before it ends!

  2. Miz Helen says:

    Great collection of summer drinks! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. I just found out about frozen grapes a few weeks ago from another blogger and now i keep seeing them everywhere. They are just such a great secret that i didn’t know about for so long. popping by from #recipeoftheweek linky xxx

  4. Mary says:

    Sangria is a new found love for me. But grapefruit ice cubes? Genius & sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing at DDT!

  5. Madonna says:

    I could use one of those about now. 🙂


  6. Yum! All of these drinks sound so refreshing and tasty! Thank you! I would love one on all these hot and sticky days!
    I would love if you would drop by and link your post up to my new blog party, Celebrate It! It’s all about how we celebrate our everyday life! Hope to see you there!

  7. Swathi says:

    Delicious drinks, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop pinning.

  8. Kristin says:

    Great post. Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesdays! I hope you’ll join us again and share more of your awesome posts.

  9. That drink looks super refreshing! Glad I found you on the Real Food Roundup! If you get a chance to stop by my blog sometime, I’d love it 🙂

  10. Cheryl says:

    I am so happy to drop by adn let you know that I have chosen this delicious link as one of my favorites this week on The Yuck Stops Here recipe link party! I think this sounds delicious, and I’m sure to be trying at least one of these drinks. I hope you’ll come pick up your “I’ve Been Featured” button tomorrow evening so that you can proudly display it! CONGRATULATIONS & HUGS!

  11. I love sangria and this sounds so good! There’s nothing better than a nice cold drink in the sun x #recipeoftheweek

  12. oh, gosh, these look amazing! I can’t wait try different combos. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Simple Lives Thursday; hope to see you again this week.

  13. Jill says:

    Ooh that looks good! Great idea to use frozen grapes as ice-cubes too!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  14. Mmmm such refreshing drink options for the heat I’ve been experiencing!
    Thanks so much for sharing this at Healthy Vegan Fridays – I have pinned your recipe to our Pinterest Board.

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  16. otilia says:

    Oh wow! never thought about preparing my own sangria! And i must admit i do love it!

    Thank you for linking up with #fridayfoodie linky!

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  18. Lisa says:

    These all look SO good! Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” I can’t wait to see what you will share this week.

  19. Michelle says:

    Ginger ice cubes…love it! And frozen grape ice cubes, well why haven’t I thought of that?
    The mix and match chart is great. Every time I come up with some pairings, I find another and another. Thank you for sharing, Jillian. And thank you for the Liebster award. I hope to answer the questions this week (I haven’t been blogging much lately).

  20. Yum! Great idea! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us this week!

  21. Love all the drink combinations, perfect for summer. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

  22. Oooh, frozen grapes – clever! Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. Sorry I was slow getting over for this one. I’ve pinned it to my food board and a tweet will go out shortly 🙂

  23. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share this week!


  24. Hi Jillian,
    Wow! You really hit the jackpot with this post! Everybody loves to explore tasty summer drink recipes! I especially love your helpful mix and match chart. I also love the idea of using ginger ice cubes!I am sharing and pinning this wonderful post! I am so delighted that you shared this with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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