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Summer Coolers

Cool down with these fresh, summer drinks.

SummerCoolers

Sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes are the most cooling, according to the principles of Ayurveda, so it's no surprise that thirst-quenching ingredients such as lime, cucumber, and coconut water make refreshing summer tonics. Try one of these cooling drinks created by Niika Quistgard, Ayurvedic practitioner and founder of healing-arts blog Ayurmama.

Prana Fresca

Combine 1 cup honeydew melon chunks, 10 to 12 fresh mint leaves, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 1/8 teaspoon himalayan or sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander, 1/4 teaspoon raw sugar, and 2 ice cubes in a blender. Add 1/3 cup filtered water and blend until smooth.

Ruby Spritzer

Combine 1/2 to 1 cup sparkling mineral water with 1/2 cup pomegranate juice and 1 teaspoon rose water. Sip through fresh lemongrass, as if it were a straw.

Coconut Splash

Combine 1 and 1/4 cups coconut water and 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice. Thinly slice a two-inch piece of cucumber and stir the slices into the drink. (If the cucumber is organic and unwaxed, leave the skin on; otherwise, peel before slicing.)

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August 2012

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