Chill Out With A Dozen Cool Summer Drinks

3 smoothie drinksUp to 75% of the body’s weight is made up of water and we all have to drink a significant amount of water to replace routine water loss.  Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in.  And summer time is when the risk of dehydration soars along with the temperature.  One way to make sure we beat the heat, chill out and drink enough water is to make some cool summer beverages.

Every year we are part of a large group of friends from all over Canada and the States who meet to enjoy a long weekend of summer fun, frolic and feasting.

cool summer drinksWe assign ourselves to food categories like appetizers, salads, soups, side dishes, main courses, breads, desserts and beverages a year in advance. Then, when the time comes, we come together, man our stations and feed the masses.

This year I’m assigned to the beverages group and below are recipes for a dozen of the cool summer drinks we will be providing to rehydrate and chill out.

  1. 3 Skinny Summer Blender Drinks to Try – Watermelon Breeze, Melon Mojito and Vanilla Peach Treat recipes.
  2. Blackberry Iced Tea with Cinnamon & Ginger Recipe
  3. Cranberry Raspberry Iced Tea
  4. DIY: Iced Coffee Concentrate  – The beauty of pre-mixing the concentrate is that it is ready to go for iced coffee, and iced latte or mochaccino, or any other fancy mixed drinks.
  5. Earl Grey & Hibiscus Lemonade – Adding lemon to water adds vitamin C and citric enzymes. Try other combinations of teas and herbs to steep in your lemonade.
  6. Homemade: Thai Bubble Tea – A fun take on traditional iced tea is bubble tea.
  7. Home-made refreshing ginger ale: version 1! – This home-made ginger ale is a tasty drinkable food gift and a great appetizer drink too!
  8. Lavender-Lemonade Honeydew Frosty  – Two relaxing citrus summer beverage recipes. Lavender Lime-Lemonade and Lavender-Lemonade Honeydew Frosty.
  9. Summer Fruit Infused Iced Tea – Calm your mind, soothe your soul, and create your very own recipe with fruit infused iced teas.
  10. Thandai – A refreshing Milk Drink for Summer – It’s usually made in summer and is THE drink for the festival of Maha Shivratri and Holi where it is spiked with Bhaang.

Decaffeinating Green Tea

The only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee and you can decaffeinate it very easily.

All you have to do is steep the tea for 45 seconds in hot water and then pour off the liquid. Next, add more hot water and steep as you normally would to brew a cup of that tea. Up to 80 percent of the caffeine is released in the first infusion of water, so only minimal amounts will remain when you add water the second time. This method eliminates very little of the tea’s flavor and aroma.

Sugar syrup for iced tea

Mix 1 cup (250 mL) each granulated sugar and boiling water until clear and the sugar is dissolved for 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) of sugar syrup.

Discussion

Do you have a favorite recipe for a non-alcoholic summer beverage that you would like to share?