When it’s hot and humid, nothing compares to a cool, refreshing drink. But don’t reach for the fizzy beverages or sugar-laden slushies. Instead, cool down with drinks that won’t compromise how you look in your poolside attire; that are sweet without the sugar, and refreshing without the chemicals. Here are 5 summer drink recipes that will cool your mood and entice your taste buds all season long.
These summer drink recipes are vegan, sugar-free and low in calories. They are also packed with nutrition, so you are not just satisfying your thirst but also flooding your cells with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Whatever your taste preferences are, at least one of these summer drink recipes will satisfy you and help you beat the heat!
1. Fruity Iced Tea
- 12 ginger tea bags
- 4 cups boiling water
- 4 cups cold water
- 1 cup unsweetened cherry juice
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 orange, sliced
- Handful of fresh mint
- 2 cups frozen raspberries
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
Directions: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Turn off heat and add the tea bags. Let steep for a few minutes. Transfer the tea water to a glass pitcher and add the remaining ingredients except for the frozen raspberries and blueberries. Let sit in the fridge to let all the flavors marry together. Serve with a few frozen fruit pieces in each glass.
2. Skinny Lemonade
- 7 lemons
- 1 teaspoon liquid stevia
- 2 quarts water
- 1 cup ice cubes
Directions: Squeeze 6 of the lemons, strain and add the juice to a pitcher. Pour the water into the pitcher along with the stevia. Stir. Slice the remaining lemon into 6-8 pieces and add to the pitcher along with ice cubes. Serve and enjoy!
3. Detox Orange Juice
- 4 cups freshly squeezed carrot juice
- 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
Directions: Add all ingredients to a pitcher and whisk until the turmeric and cayenne are well dissolved. Serve and enjoy the tang!
4. Minty Pineapple & Cucumber Juice
- 4 cups freshly squeezed cucumber
- 4 cups freshly squeezed pineapple
- Large handful fresh mint leaves
Directions: Add all of the ingredient together in a pitcher and let sit in the fridge to let the flavors marry together. Serve cold and enjoy!
5. Cucumber Water
- 1 medium cucumber, cut into 1-inch slices
- 2 quarts water
Directions: Combine the cucumber and water into a pitcher and allow to sit in the refrigerator for a few hours.
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