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Dysphagia-Friendly Summer Drink Roundup

A family eats dinner together in their backyard.

Although warmer weather brings backyard barbecues, cookouts, and picnics with family and friends, it can also cause fear of missing out for those with swallowing disorders. If you or a loved one has a swallowing disorder, these dysphagia-friendly mocktails and thickened beverages are safe and delicious dining options for your summer celebrations.

Mocktail Recipes

Thick-It® Arnold Palmer Mocktail

Yield: 3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 12 fl oz. Clear Advantage® Thickened Water, Mildly or Moderately Thick
  • 2 Tbsp Lemonade Powder
  • 12 fl oz. Clear Advantage® Thickened Tea, Mildly or Moderately Thick

Directions:

  1. Wash hands before beginning preparation. Sanitize surfaces and equipment.
  2. Pour Clear Advantage® Thickened Water into a liquid measuring cup or pitcher.
  3. Add Lemonade Powder. Whisk briskly until the powder has dissolved.
  4. Add Clear Advantage® Thickened Tea to thickened lemonade mixture. Stir until well combined.
  5. Pour 8 fl oz. into a tall glass and serve immediately. If not serving immediately, then cover and hold at 40°F or less until service (CCP).
  6. Test prepared recipe per IDDSI Testing Methods. Refer to IDDSI.org for details.
  7. Discard any unused portions of prepared recipe.

Thick-It® Sunrise Mocktail

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 fl oz. Clear Advantage® Thickened Cranberry Juice Blend, Mildly or Moderately Thick
  • 8 fl oz. Clear Advantage® Thickened Orange Juice Blend, Mildly or Moderately Thick

Directions:

  1. Wash hands before beginning preparation. Sanitize surfaces and equipment.
  2. Pour Clear Advantage® Thickened Cranberry Juice Blend into a liquid measuring cup or pitcher.
  3. Add Clear Advantage® Thickened Orange Juice Blend and mix lightly.
  4. Pour 8 fl oz. into a tall glass or champagne flute and serve immediately. If not serving immediately, then cover and hold at 40°F or less until service (CCP).
  5. Test prepared recipe per IDDSI Testing Methods. Refer to IDDSI.org for details.
  6. Discard any unused portions of prepared recipe.

For more mocktail recipes, download our summer fun guide, and for meals to go along with it, view our recipe library.

Hydration Care Solutions

Make sure you or your loved one with dysphagia is properly hydrated with essential electrolytes that help the body feel and function at its best. Try the new Thick-It® Clear Advantage® Plus Electrolytes Thickened Beverages available in grape and fruit punch flavors.

Planning your summer gatherings ahead of time with thickened beverages that promote hydration can ensure a safe and enjoyable time for everyone.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have about a medical condition, treatment, or the use of Thick-It® products. The information contained herein is for informational purposes and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment in any manner.

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