Nothing is better than a cold drink in the summer. Cool down with these healthy and fresh summer drinks recipes.
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.
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.
See alsoFire and Ice Melon
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.
See alsoPomegranate Kale Super Shake
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.)
See also Build a Better Smoothie
More Summer Coolers:
Desiree Rumbaugh's Favorite Green Smoothie
Watermelon and Lime Fresca
Blackberry Cashew Butter Smoothie
Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie
Creamy Tropical Smoothie