A few weeks ago I manage to snag one of the spots for the Crowdtap Summer Concoction Sample and Share. All that I was asked to do was to come up with a favorite summer drink, enjoy it with friends, and take some photos. In return, Crowdtap sent me a logo mason jar, straws, napkins, and an ice cube tray.
Some of my girl friends and I had decided to get together this week for a play date for our kids and for a time for us ladies to learn more about the new world of Essential Oils. This seemed like the perfect intimate setting to try my summer concoction drink ideas and be able to incorporate the Essential Oils at the same time.
After looking through Pinterest and other places online, I could seem to find that perfect idea for just one summer drink. There was one lady who is a caterer and she discussed how she makes up lemonade a day before an event and makes of fresh fruit simple syrups and refrigerates them until right before the event. Then she pours the syrup into the lemonade to make great fresh fruit flavors like strawberry or raspberry. Bingo! That is exactly what I wanted to do except I wanted to turn this idea into a DIY Lemonade Bar where each lady could make there own flavored lemonade.
There are a few Essential Oils from Young Living that can be taken internally and one of those is Lavender. I decided to make a water, lemon, lavender concoction as my base. There was no sugar in this part since the sugar was all in the simple syrups. It amazed me that only one drop of the lavender oil was needed to flavor the whole gallon.
Next I decided to made fresh simple syrups for strawberry and blueberry. I boiled equal amounts each (about 1 cup each )of water, sugar, and fresh fruit for about two minutes and then removed the pan from the stove for about 30 minutes to cool. Strawberry and blueberry were each in different pans. I wanted one more flavor but the only thing I had on hand was grape koolaid so I decided to use that as a flavor add-in as well. I just followed the package directions for making the koolaid and this was not boiled.
Next I used the Crowdtap ice cube tray and froze some of the Lavender Lemonade. I put fresh blueberries and strawberries in the cubes so that as the cubes melted there would be fresh fruit in the glasses. These Lavender Lemonade ice cubes also would keep the flavor pure instead of watered down by regular ice cubes.
I then assembled the drink station by having each simple syrup in a mason jar with a flavor label. There were fresh fruit bowls with strawberries, blueberries, and extra lemons. The Lavendar Lemonade would be used as the base of all the drinks and each lady could mix and match any way they desired. There also some other fruits and veggies for snacking.
It was fun to see my friends go back for seconds and third glasses of lemonade and to make a different flavor combination each time. We sat for four hours laughing, talking, chasing our kids, and learning about Essential Oils. It was fun to incorporate the oil into our summer drink since that was the main reason we were meeting in the first place. Even the kids wanted to make their own lemonade!
These fun summer concoctions helped us get through four hours of learning about all these different oils!
Thank you Crowdtap for encouraging me to come up with a summer drink concoction and to be creative! I had so much fun and I think my gal pals did too. The DIY Lemonade Bar was a huge success.