There’s nothing better than a refreshing drink on a hot day. Make that drink with therapeutic herbs and fruits, and you can truly cool your body from the inside out. Here are five of our favorite healthy summer drinks that hydrate and soothe.
These recipes are the perfect, fun way to learn about herbs and share them with your friends and family this summer!
1. Hibiscus-Mint Cooler
This gorgeous hibiscus tea will quench your thirst on a hot summer day. Spearmint is a cooling aromatic plant, while hibiscus gives us a refreshing tangy taste. Feel free to throw in other fresh herbs from the garden, too – perhaps a sprig of lavender, some violet leaves, or a few sprigs of lemongrass.
2. Peach Smoothie
Peaches, like most foods, can be an important part of our medicine chest. When you eat a peach you experience moistness and coolness. That makes peaches a great remedy for the heat of summer. Cool your body down with this yummy peach and coconut milk smoothie.
3. Watermelon and Strawberry Agua Fresca
Watermelon is a great way to stay hydrated. Besides offering moisture in its juicy fruit, it is also high in potassium, which helps to maintain our body’s electrolyte balance. Blended with strawberries and mint, this watermelon drink recipe is cooling and delicious.
4. Fermented Blueberry Soda
Lacto-fermented sodas are full of vitamins, minerals, and healthy microorganisms that help our digestion. These sodas truly are a wonderful health tonic to add to your diet! You can use this recipe with any seasonal fruits like blueberries, blackberries, or peaches.
5. Cooling Thandai
Thandai is a milky, nutty, floral and faintly spicy beverage from India. The prefix thand in Hindi literally translates to cold in English. This delicious drink is laden with cooling and soothing botanicals like melon seeds, cardamom, rose, and saffron.
What are your favorite healthy summer drinks? Leave a comment to share!