3 Summery (non-alcoholic) Drinks to Beat the Heat

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What's Summer without wonderfully refreshing drinks?

When it comes to combating the exhausting effects of a heat wave, a deliciously cool drink can make all the difference. So today I've decided to give you 3 delightful little potions that are easy to make and will quench your thirst at different times of the day.

Each of these recipes will give you at least two or three servings.

Sunrise Drink

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This one is, in my opinion, perfect for breakfast. The little kick from the green tea associated with the fruitiness of the berries really shine through the sweet taste of the watermelon.

This drink is so hydrating and full of vitamins you'll want to keep the whole pitcher to yourself!

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Sunrise Drink Recipe

 

Ingredients:

1/2 liter (2 cups) of water

1 teaspoon of dry hibiscus flowers

1/2 teaspoon of green tea

1/4 of a large watermelon

1 cup of fresh or frozen mixed berries

 

How-to:

  • Boil the water and, in a heat safe container, pour over the green tea and hibiscus.

  • Let the infusion steep for at least 10 minutes before straining and letting cool or wait for the tea to cool before straining (as I do - but it will be stronger).

  • Once the infusion is at room temperature, pour it into a blender along with the watermelon and the berries and give it a whiz.

  • Strain through a fine sieve or even a nut mylk bag.

  • Serve with ice or more frozen berries.

 

Afternoon Reset Drink

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This unbelievably cooling little concoction is the perfect solution to mitigate the discomfort of a scorching hot afternoon. Thanks to the mint, it creates a lasting cooling effect and the cucumber contains some very interesting trace minerals, some of which have been found to contribute to maintaining proper brain function.

As for the lemon, we all know how well it works with the other ingredients here and it is present in so many refreshing summer treats it would be a pity to leave it out!

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Afternoon Reset Drink Recipe

 

Ingredients:

1/2 liter (2 cups) of water

1 handful of fresh or 1 tbsp of dry mint leaves for the tea

12 or so fresh mint leaves to blend

1/2 a cucumber

the juice from 1 lemon

 

How-to:

  • Boil the water and, in a heat safe container, pour over the mint.

  • Let the infusion cool before straining.

  • Pour into a blender, add the dozen mint leaves and the half cucumber, cut into slices.

  • Blend, strain (through a mesh or nut mylk bag).

  • Add the lemon juice.

  • Serve with plenty of ice and slices of lemon & cucumber and a sprig of fresh mint.

 
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Moon Drink

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I think my inspiration to make these summery drinks may actually have come from my wanting to create a summer version of the highly Instagrammable Moon Mylks I've seen popping up everywhere. I mean what's not to like? The concept takes the night time drink (one of my absolute favourite rituals!) to a whole new level and I'm just crazy about anything Moon related. Plus having to shy away from my night-night tea just because it's ridiculously hot was no longer amusing me: I need consistency!

So I'm pretty happy about this one. Chamomile and linden (both from my garden, which is just magical!) are well-known calming herbs which you will find in any half decent evening infusion blend (so if you don't have these herbs on hand, using a couple tea bags will work fine!). The oat mylk, to me, is the epitome of coziness and I love adding it to everything because of how creamy it is. The banana adds sweetness and even more creaminess and also happens to be high in potassium and magnesium, both of which are highly relaxing minerals. The oats contain magnesium too, so if this drink doesn't send you straight to dream-land, I don't know what will!

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Moon Drink Recipe

 

Ingredients:

1/2 liter (2 cups) of water

1 tbsp dry chamomile

1 tbsp dry linden (lime) flowers

1 cup oat mylk (home made or store bought)

1 banana

 

How-to:

  • Boil the water and, in a heat safe container, pour over the dry flowers.

  • Cover while the tea infuses.

  • Let the infusion cool before straining.

  • Pour into a blender, add the banana and oat mylk and blend.

  • Serve with ice if the weather is really hot, or at room temperature if the evening is a little cooler.

 
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What are your favourite summer recipes to stay cool and hydrated? Let us know in the comments!

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