3 Refreshing drink recipes for summer

ImageWhen the summer heat is bearing down on you and you’re sweating in places you’ve never sweated before, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially if you’re active. Water, of course, is your best bet when it comes to replenishing your body fluids and flushing toxins out, but it’s not always exciting to reach for a big, tall glass of plain water.

Tea and alcoholic beverages are not the best choice for replenishing your body fluids, because both of these are a diuretic – meaning, that you will urinate frequently when you consume these drinks. Depending on how much you drink, you may be losing more fluid than you’re taking in.

Instead, mix up your own refreshing drinks to enjoy when you’re working outside or lounging by the pool. Here are three delicious – and hydrating – drink recipes that will get you through the dog days of summer.

Agua Fresca

2 cups of fresh fruit (choose your favorite!)

4 cups ice cold water

2 tsp. lime juice (fresh squeezed if possible)

Garnish with sprig of mint or lime wedge if desired

Sweetner, if you like your drinks sweet

Directions: Blend water and fruit together in your blender. Strain over a glass with ice, add lime juice and sweetner if desired. Enjoy!

Basil Limeade

1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn (must be fresh, dried won’t work for this recipe)

4 cups ice cold water

½ cup lime juice (fresh squeezed if possible)

Sweetner, if you like your drinks sweet

Directions: Muddle basil by placing in the bottom of the pitcher and slightly crushing the leaves. Mix lime juice and water, and pour over basil leaves. Sweeten to taste and pour over a glass of ice. Garnish with lime wedges if desired. You can also make basil lemonade by simply substituting the lime juice for lemon juice!

Mojito Cooler

1 cup ice cold water

1 cup fresh mint leaves, torn (must be fresh, dried won’t work for this recipe)

¼ cup lime juice (fresh squeezed if possible)

Splash of club soda

Sweetner, if you like your drinks sweet

Directions: Muddle mint leaves by placing in the bottom of the pitcher and slightly crushing the leaves. Mix in lime juice and water, and pour over the mint leaves. Sweeten to taste and pour over a glass of ice. Add a splash of club soda and garnish with fresh mint and lime wedges if desired.

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