Thursday, July 19, 2012

How to work Superfruits into your summer party

This article was submitted on behalf of the author, Jill McRae - Chief Tastemaker for True Beverages, made in Canada

I was sent a few samples of the juices mentioned below to taste; hubby, myself and the boys all enjoyed them. I particularly liked the blueberry lemonade flavour.  I made the TrueBlue party punch and it was delicious - definitely a great way to work in superfruits to your summer party menu!

How to Work Superfruits into Your Summer Party
By Jill McRae

Balmy summer nights beg for chilled patio drinks and backyard barbecues. But before you reach for the rosé, consider fixing yourself and your loved ones a drink with Superfruits. Not only are Superfruits rich in antioxidants, but those sweet-smelling berries are great for the brain, heart and overall health.

Whether you’re planning a family picnic, or a mommy’s night off, here are four delicious ways to work Superfruits into your summer party.

Adult Fun:

TrueBlack Sangria is a simple recipe that is bursting with fresh fruit and flavour. Squeezed for time? Mix this sangria the day before and it will be just as tasty. The not-so-secret ingredient to this sangria is new TrueBlack juice made from grape, blackberry and aronia berry juice.

TrueBlack Sangria
½ bottle (1.89/64oz) TrueBlack Blackberry Cocktail

3 cups cabernet sauvignon

1 cup orange juice

1 16oz can red grapefruit sections (juice and fruit)

2 navel oranges sliced

2 limes sliced

1 lemon sliced

3 fresh peaches, skinned and sliced in eights

Garnish with fresh or frozen blueberries or blackberries

The Antioxidant Blutini combines the flavours of TrueBlue with citrus and nutty liquors to create a smooth, refreshing cocktail. Get your superfruit fix shaken over ice with this blueberry based cocktail that is high in antioxidents.

Antioxidant Blutini

1 oz TrueBlue (any flavour)

1 oz triple sec

½ oz amaretto

½ oz cointreau

Kids Fun:

Not only will this party punch withstand the taste test, it contains no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Wild blueberries top the superfruits chart and have been linked to promoting memory and brain health.

TrueBlue Party Punch
2 cups (500ml) TrueBlue Wild Blueberry

2 cups (500ml) ginger ale

1 cup (250ml) orange juice

2 tbsp (30ml) lemon juice

It’s not hard to convince kids to get on board with TrueBlack Blackberry Popsicles especially if you add fresh blueberries and blackberries! Simple and delicious, this is a treat that parents can feel good about offering their kids. TrueBlack Blackberry is all natural and packed with nutritious berry juices rather than sugar.

TrueBlack Swirl Popsicles

1 cup (250ml) TrueBlack Blackberry

1 cup (250 ml) plain yogurt

1 tbsp honey


Combine honey with yogurt. Pour an inch of yogurt into the popsicle molds, then an inch of TrueBlack juice, and repeat until the molds are filled. Use a chopstick or skewer to gently swirl the liquids together. Freeze overnight.

Jill McRae is a mom and Chief Tastemaker for True Beverages, which are made in Canada and formulated without additives or preservatives. Taste how much they care by trying these delicious and natural, close to home juice blends. For more information visit:


  1. OOOh the Popsicles sound delish!

    1. I am hoping to make them next week with the boys!

  2. I think I'd like to try that sangria!

    1. Me too - need to pick up the ingredients though

  3. Ohhhhhh! They sound so refreshing! *drool*

  4. I love cocktails! cool and refreshing.
    Great recipes!

  5. oh yum- those sound delicious! I think my kids would love those popsicles!

    1. yes - I can't wait to try the popsicles too!

  6. The popsicles would be a hit around here. Great summer time recipes - thanks for sharing.

  7. Love the popsicle idea! And the other drinks sound yummy as well. Love blueberries!

    1. I have only recently become a fan of blueberries (in the last year or 2) thanks for saying hi!

  8. You had me at Blueberry Lemonade... this I have to try.

    1. it is delish - my favorite of the 4 flavours!

  9. The Blutini sounds fabulous! A drink right up my alley!!

  10. The sangria sounds a.m.a.z.i.n.g! Just in time to enjoy during the summer.
    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo


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