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5 Organic Drinks for Summertime Refreshment

Yes, it’s almost summertime!  Can you think of anything better than sipping on a refreshing drink while basking in the hot summer sun? Today I’m going to give you 5 quick and easy, summertime organic drinks that will be sure to keep you hydrated and refreshed during the hot summer months!

Recipes for 5 Organic Drinks this Summer

1. Lemon Cake Batter Elixirorganic-drinks-lemon-batter-elixer

This drink is highly alkalizing, detoxifying and refreshing.

Ingredients:

  • Juice from 1 fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Sweetleaf Vanilla Crème Stevia
  • Filtered water or if you want a nice fizz to it use sparkling water
  • Ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Pour water (filtered or sparkling) to a 16-20oz glass
  2. Add baking soda to water and stir until dissolved
  3. Combine the rest of the ingredients and stir.

Note: Start with 5 drops of Stevia then add more to your liking.

 

2. Homemade Ginger Ale

This is a wonderful Ginger Ale that you can make right at home.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 4 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped (or grated, but may have a stronger outcome)
  • 3 tsp. lemon extract (or 1 Tablespoon lemon zest)
  • 1 cup honey (for vegans you can try maple syrup or coconut sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (optional, I just like the added vanilla flavor)
  • Sparkling Mineral water

Directions:

  1. Place ginger, honey, lemon zest/extract, and 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, so sugar (if using) can dissolve. Simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes*. Turn the heat to the lowest it will go (or turn it off completely) and let it reduce for about 30 minutes.
  2. Strain out the ginger pieces and pour ginger juice into a jar.
  3. Add honey (if using) and vanilla and stir well until all honey is dissolved.
  4. Let cool and store in refrigerator as a syrup concentrate.

To make: Add 1/8-1/4 cup of syrup to 6-8oz of sparkling water and serve!

 

3.  Healthy Sports Drink

Ditch those Gatorades and energy drinks l those and try this one instead, which has no dyes, no refined sugars and no chemical additives.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Fill any big glass or water bottle with ice.  Pour in the coconut water 3/4 full then add in your juice flavor of choice (or combination of any), and add your pinch of sea-salt and honey (start with 2 tsp and add more to your sweet tooth’s liking).  Shake or stir well and enjoy!!   This drink has a ton of minerals and will keep you hydrated and those electrolytes replenished!

 

4. Iced Vanilla Almond Coffee w/ Coffee Cubes

I’m not a big coffee drinker but on special days I like to treat myself to and iced coffee on a nice warm morning.  I make my coffee cubes from the leftover coffee that’s left in the pot. Just pour your coffee into ice cube trays and freeze for later use, hence this recipe!

Ingredients:

Note: If you have a sweet tooth you can add a few drops of Sweetleaf stevia, an organic flavored syrup, or even honey.

Directions: 

Put your coffee cubes into your cup, add vanilla and sweetener (if using). Pour your milk of choice and stir!   *You can also throw this all in a blender to make this a yummy frozen drink!

 

5. Orange Cream-sicle Smoothie

I used to love those little ice-cream cups when I was young. You know the one, with the orange sorbet and the vanilla ice cream…well now you can have that treat without the guilt!  This is by far one of my kids most requested drinks!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oranges peeled
  • 1 cup milk of choice (cow’s milk, or any nut milk)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (for vegans you can use a brand like So Delicious Coconut milk yogurt)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 handful of ice cubes
  • A sweetener of choice- Raw honey or stevia to taste

Directions:

Put the ice cubes in the blender first then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

What are your favorite organic drinks for summertime?

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