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3 Spring Drinks That Will Save You Money

Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Fruit flavored drinks from coffee shops and smoothie places are very tempting in spring. You can save money by making your own versions at home. Spring weather influences people to go outside and walk around. Eventually, you are going to get thirsty. It can be tempting to spend some money on a cold, fruity, drink at a coffee shop or smoothie place. You can save money if you make the same drinks at home. Here are some easy to make recipes for spring inspired drinks.

Easy Spring Beverage Recipes

Classic Lemonade
What could be nicer than a cold glass of fresh lemonade? Martha Stewart has a recipe that only requires three ingredients. You will need:

* Lemon juice (3 cups) (From about 20 lemons)
* Sugar (superfine) (2 cups)
* Water (4 cups)

Pour 3 cups of lemon juice into a pitcher. Add 2 cups of superfine sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the 4 cups of water. Add some ice, and garnish with lemon slices. This will make about 2 quarts of Classic Lemonade.

Homemade Cool Lime Refresher
Love the Cool Lime Refresher from Starbucks? You can make a “knockoff” version of it at home if you want to. This recipe comes from Brewed Daily You will need:

* Fresh lime juice (3 tablespoons)
* 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
* Ice (1 cup)
* Water (8 ounces)

Get a 16 ounce glass. Combine the lime juice and sugar. Stir it well until the sugar is dissolved into the lime juice. Fill the glass about 2/3 full of ice. Top it with water. Stir the drink with a straw or spoon before serving.

This recipe does not contain green coffee extract like the Starbucks version does. Some of you may prefer the drink without the coffee. Those that want the coffee can add green coffee bean extract to it.

Strawberry Smoothie
Save yourself a trip to Jamba Juice with this recipe from Betty Crocker. You will need:

* Yoplait Original 99% Fat Free strawberry, strawberry kiwi, or strawberry mango yogurt (6 ounce container)
* Fresh or frozen strawberries (1/2 cup) (sliced)
* Orange or pineapple juice (1/2 cup)
* Pineapple chunks, strawberries, or kiwifruit slices (optional)

Put the yogurt, strawberries, and juice into a blender. Cover it. Blend on medium speed for about 2 minutes (or until it is smooth). Pour it into a glass. Garnish it if desired. Serve!

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