Watch the video: Three refreshing drinks to quench your thirst


There’s nothing like an ice-cold drink on a summer day. For these past few weeks, it’s been too hot to turn on the oven, even for me! On this episode of  “Baking with Lisa,” I may not be mixing batter, but I’m still mixing drinks.

My parents say that every kid in Brooklyn, New York, grew up drinking egg creams. The beloved, nostalgic drink doesn’t actually contain eggs – it’s a sweet combination of seltzer, simple syrup and milk. This may sound a little funky – and don’t get me wrong, it is – but my parents did right by me in passing on the genetic makeup that enjoys this fizzy treat. If you have a dairy allergy, switch up the milk to a non-dairy option and it will still taste great. Just combine all the ingredients and enjoy!

Next up, I made a coffee slushy popular in Israel. This drink is refreshing and will also give you your caffeine fix. A blender is required for this drink, but it’s worth the extra step.

Lastly, I have a fresh twist for those wanting to add a little zest to their day. Pomegranates are common in Israel and are an important symbol in Judaism. I combined pomegranate juice, seltzer, vodka and a squeeze of fresh lime juice to make this adult beverage, and garnished it with pomegranate seeds to pull it all together. You can leave out the vodka for a kid-friendly version.

I hope you try one, or all three, of these drinks, and make the most of summertime with family and friends!

LISA MAYBRUCH’S occasional series, “Baking with Lisa,” appears in Jewish Rhode Island and online at


Ice Café (Coffee Slushy)


10 ounces brewed coffee

2 ounces milk (any kind)

Simple syrup or any sweetener (I used Torani), to taste

Chocolate syrup, optional


Cool brewed coffee and pour into an ice-cube tray, reserving some. Repeat with milk. Freeze for a few hours or overnight.

Combine frozen coffee cubes, frozen milk, simple syrup and reserved coffee in a blender. Blend until thick and smooth.

Pour a little chocolate syrup into a glass, if desired, and then fill glass with the blended coffee mixture. Enjoy!

Egg Cream


4 ounces seltzer

4 ounces milk

2 tablespoons vanilla simple syrup (I used Torani)


Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice and stir. 

Pomegranate Vodka Soda Cocktail


4 ounces seltzer

2 ounces pomegranate juice

1 shot (1.5 ounces) vodka

Fresh squeezed lime juice, to taste

Pomegranate seeds for garnish


Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice and stir.

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