Summer cool down

The sun is beating down and cool drinks come to mind. Here are a few to start your day, or even end your day.

Caffe Latte Milkshake

About 10 servings.
1/4 cup instant coffee
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
1 cup whole milk
1 pint vanilla ice cream
Whipped cream for garnish
In the bowl of a blender, pour boiling water over coffee, sugar and vanilla.   
Blend on low speed until coffee is dissolved. Add milk and ice cream and purée. Top with whipped cream.

Apricot Peach Iced Tea
7 cups cool water
2 (5.5-ounce) cans apricot nectar
2 tablespoons sugar
6 tea bags steeped in 1 cup boiling water (use either regular or peach flavored tea)
1 (10-ounce) bag frozen, sliced peaches or 1 pound sliced fresh peaches
In a large pitcher, stir together cool water, apricot nectar and sugar. Add tea and peaches. Pour over ice and serve.
Tropical Smoothie
2 cups soy milk or skim milk
2/3 cup roughly chopped firm tofu (about 2 1/2-ounces)
1/2 cup frozen roughly chopped papaya
1/2 cup frozen roughly chopped pineapple
1/2 cup frozen roughly chopped mango
3 tablespoon honey, plus more to taste
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend, pulsing the machine if necessary, until smooth. Make sure the honey is dissolved. Serve immediately.
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