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Extended Summer | Blended Frozen Drink
Guest Contributor Deema Elshourfa
Insurance Defence Lawyer, Evangelista Barristers & Solicitors
Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario
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Nothing screams summer more than a frozen drink on a hot day. We're having a beautiful and hot summer here in Ontario—which I’m hoping lasts well into September—so I've whipped up four frozen drink recipes that anyone can enjoy within a few minutes. Adults and kids can enjoy (most) of these drinks that are all customizable with minor tweaks. From chocolatey to fruity to boozy, these drinks have you covered (all recipes make two drinks, so adjust accordingly). I hope you'll give them a try and if you do, make sure to tag @deema_eats on Instagram! 
Melt 200 grams of your favourite chocolate in a microwave in 30 second intervals until it’s melted and smooth. Add 1.5 cups of milk, 1 tbsp cocoa powder or hot chocolate mix and 2 tbsp of brown sugar (white sugar will work in a pinch). Stir until combined and let sit for 10 minutes. In a blender, add a tray of ice cubes and your chocolate mixture. If you want to make it boozy, add your favourite liqueur (Baileys is a great option). Mix until everything is creamy and fully blended. Add more ice to reach your preferred consistency. Pour in a glass, top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup, or shavings if you're feeling fancy, and enjoy.
In a blender, combine 1.5 trays of ice cubes, 2 cups of Sprite, 1–2 tbsp of your favourite Kool-Aid liquid (this one’s Cherry) and 1/2 cup of sugar. Pulse for 1–2 minutes until you reach your desired consistency. If you don't like super sweet Kool-Aid flavours, add a puree of your favourite fruit (blend fruit first before adding the rest of the ingredients). For example, if you add pineapple, you’ll end up with a pretty amazing Dole Whip dupe! If you want to make it boozy, use 1.5 cups of Sprite and 1–2 shots of a liquor of your choosing (vodka works perfectly in this recipe). 

Make 1/4 cup of simple syrup by warming 2 tbsp of sugar and 2 tbsp of water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture reaches a low boil. Place your simple syrup in the fridge while you get the other ingredients. In a blender, combine the simple syrup, 1 cup of tonic water, juice from 1 lime, 1–2 shots of gin and 7–10 ice cubes. Add more ice to reach your preferred consistency. Top with your favourite G&T garnishes (mine are lime, mint and cucumber). 
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Make a cup of your favourite coffee (including your sweetener if you normally have it) and pour into an ice cube tray. Pop the tray in the freezer until the coffee is frozen, typically a few hours. In a blender, combine frozen coffee cubes with 1 cup of milk (whichever you usually use in your coffee, I use oat milk). Blend until you reach your desired consistency. If you want to make this a Frozen Mocha, add chocolate syrup when blending. To make it boozy, add Baileys or whatever liqueur you prefer. Top with cold frothed milk or whipped cream for added creaminess.