WELL BEING: Beat the Heat with Healthy Summer Drinks

22 Jul

Summer Cordials by Lynn Van Noy

It’s hot outside and the perfect time for some good old-fashioned sippers to keep your family happy and hydrated.

So many drinks to choose from; chillers, coolers, sparklers and cordials, oh my!

If you’re ready to beat the heat and get your spicy hydration on, here’s a few recipes to boost your immune system while cooling you off.

Herbal Iced Teas:

#1.  Quite possibly the most simple Summer treat of all.  Just brew a pot of your favorite herbal tea.  Let cool.  Mix together with a can of frozen orange juice into a 1 quart container.  Add water to taste.  p.s.  No need to add additional sweetener.  By blending with OJ, it’s already sweet enough.

Benefits include a smaller dose of caffeine than coffee, without the jittery negative side effects.  Not to mention, the orange juice will account for your daily allowance of Vitamin C.

#2.  Another twist on herbal iced tea is to simply make up a pitcher of Tazo Zen mint green tea, and then add thin slices of cucumber, lime, and mint leaves to garnish.  Tea-licious!

Raw Watermelon Refresher

This refreshing drink is ideal for all those juicy Grapeland watermelons.  Now you just need a little watermelon print umbrella to put in your East Texas drink.

Using either the blender or food processor, blend till liquefied.

  • 2 cups watermelon
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 seedless cucumber
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded
  • 1 very small jalapeno pepper, seeded
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1tbsp local honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • a dash of sea salt to taste
  • garnish with cilantro leaves

Drink up!

Cucumber Lemonade

A rejuvenating burst of flavor.  Use your handy-dandy juicer for this little diddy.

  • 4 peeled organic lemons
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 4 Medjool dates (remove pits)

In a pitcher, blend concentrate with water and ice to your desired taste.

Raspberry Lavender Cordial

  • 3 cups of spring water
  • juice of 4 organic lemons
  • 1 4 ounce container of fresh raspberries
  • 1 tbsp of fresh lavender buds
  • 3 tbsp of local honey

Blend together and bring to a boil.  As soon as mixture begins to boil, remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes.

  • pour through strainer into drinking pitcher
  • add juice of 1 more organic lemon
  • pour in 10 ounces of ginger-ale
  • add 2 cups of chipped ice
  • slice off long zests of lemon to flavor pitcher
  • stir and drink up

Ginger Sparklers

Ginger based drinks are especially welcome on hot Summer days when you have eaten too much at the BBQ.  The digestive aid of apple cider vinegar and ginger root should get that digestion and elimination back in order in no time.  Also good for kids who have a tummy ache from too many sweets at the Birthday Party.

  • 2 tbsp finely grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp Agave Nectar
  • 1 cup water

Blend together and bring to a boil.  As soon as mixture begins to boil, remove from heat and let steep till completely cool.  Strain to make a ginger syrup.

Add 1 tbsp of ginger syrup to a glass containing 1/3 glass apple cider vinegar, 1/3 glass seltzer water, and your preferred amount of ice.

Summer is ripe with healthy fresh herbs, fruits, and flowers.  Refresh yourself and your guests the whole Summer through.  Cheers!

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