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RECIPE: 5 drinks to make for your Chinese New Year home party

Treat your guests to unique, festive drinks that you made on your own! These drinks are so easy and quick to make.

Coordination Amanda Jayne Lee & Rachel Toh Photography Frenchescar Lim Art Direction & Styling Nikki Ho

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Watermelon Lemonade
By Amanda Jayne Lee, consumer and lifestyle writer

Makes 4 glasses

INGREDIENTS
1 small watermelon
1½ cups of lemon juice 
5 cups of water
1 cup of sugar

DIRECTIONS
1 Pick out as many seeds as you can from the watermelon, then cube it. Freeze the watermelon for 4hr.
2 In the meantime, make lemonade by mixing lemon juice, water and sugar together.
3 Blend the frozen watermelon with the lemonade, and divide into four glasses.

Orange and Cinnamon Blossom
By Chef Daniel Sia, founder and executive chef of The Disgruntled Chef, for Ikea

Makes 150ml

INGREDIENTS
1 Twinings Mandarin Orange Green Tea bag
3 slices ginger 
90ml hot water
15ml orange juice
5ml lemon juice
20ml honey
30ml Elderflower syrup*
1 cinnamon stick 

*Available at the Swedish Food Market in Ikea stores.

DIRECTIONS
1 Place the tea bag in a glass, then lightly pound the ginger slices and add it in.  
2 Pour in the hot water and let the tea steep for 3min.
3 Add in the orange and lemon juices.
4 Stir in the honey and elderflower syrup. 
5 Grate some cinnamon into the glass and serve.

Virgin Pineapple and Strawberry Mojitos
By Amanda Jayne Lee, consumer and lifestyle writer

Makes 4 glasses

INGREDIENTS
8 fresh strawberries, hulled
¼ tin of pineapple chunks
20 mint leaves 
1 large lime, quartered
230ml pineapple juice
4 cans Schweppes soda water

For the garnish:
12 frozen strawberries
4 sprigs of mint leaves
¼ tin of pineapple chunks

DIRECTIONS
1 In a large bowl, muddle the fresh strawberries, tinned pineapples, mint leaves and lime until the juice is released.
2 Strain the mixture and mix the juice with the pineapple juice and soda water.
3 Divide the drink into four glasses.
4 Garnish with frozen strawberries, mint and pineapple.

Summer Breeze
By Amanda Jayne Lee, consumer and lifestyle writer

Makes 8 glasses

INGREDIENTS
100ml orange cordial 
1.5L 7-Up or Sprite
20 raspberries

DIRECTIONS
1 In a large punch bowl, add the orange cordial to the soda and mix well. Adjust the amount of cordial to your taste.
2 Top with bright red raspberries for some Chinese New Year cheer.

Fruit Punch
By Rachel Toh, editorial intern

Makes 8 glasses

INGREDIENTS
6 strawberries, sliced
¼ cup blueberries, halved
¼ cup raspberries, halved
¼ cup cherries, seeds removed and halved 
4 sprigs mint leaves
1.5 litres boiling water
Peel of 1 orange
Peel of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

DIRECTIONS
1 Add the strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries and mint leaves into a large jug and pour the boiling water in.
2 Twist the orange and lemon peels a little to release the essential oils, then add them to the jug. Leave to infuse for 15 minutes.
3 Add the orange and lemon juices. Divide the punch into 8 glasses and serve.

This story was originally published in the digital edition of Simply Her February 2016.

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