Temperatures are rising, and that means shorts weather, beach vacations, and grilling. It also means a general feeling of sweatiness and the urge to crank the old air conditioner.
Unless you’re powering your home with alternative energy, chances are you’re getting the electricity for the A/C from the power grid, and here in the U.S. that means predominantly one thing: coal. Those high summer power bills from blasting the air drives up demand for coal, which means more mountaintop removal mining and more air pollution. Boo on that!
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One of the easiest ways to stay comfortable in the summer without using so much coal-fired power is to cool your body from the inside out, and that means lots of cold glasses of water! If you’re getting a little tired of downing glass after glass of plain old H2O, try some of these healthy, cooling, summer mocktails instead!
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Ice water is refreshing, but sometimes you just want a little flavor in your glass. It’s tempting to reach for a sugary soda or a boozy cocktail, but those aren’t your only tasty options when it comes to summer drinks.
1. Cucumber Mint Water – You can mix this right in your glass or in a pitcher. To make a single serving, put a few slices of cucumber and a mint sprig into your glass, add a handful of ice, top off with water, stir, and sip!
3. Homemade Raspberry Soda – In a juice glass, muddle a small handful of raspberries, top with ice and soda water. Stir well to combine before you drink!
4. Basil Lemonade – Lemonade is a sugary treat, and cutting it with soda water helps cut the sugar without sacrificing taste. Combine 1 part lemonade with 1 part soda water in a pitcher. In each glass, muddle a few leaves of basil. Add a handful of ice and fill the glasses with the sparkling lemonade.
5. Citrus Soda – You can do this in a pitcher or in individual glasses. Over a handful of ice, combine 1 part orange or tangerine juice, 1 part grapefruit juice, and 1 part soda water. Mix and serve.
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Summer drinks don’t have to be all about fruit. You can use teas and herbs as the base for all kinds of delicious mocktails to keep you cool in the summer heat.
6. Iced Ginger Tea with Lemon – Boil 4 cups of water and pour over large bowl with 4 bags of ginger tea. Steep for 15-20 minutes, then remove the bags and transfer to a pitcher. Pour the tea into glasses full of ice and add a squeeze of lemon.
7. Iced Chai Tea – Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, then turn off the burner and submerge 4 bags of chai tea. Steep for 5-7 minutes, then transfer to a pitcher and let it cool completely. Serve it over ice. If you like your tea creamer, add a splash of almond or coconut milk.
8. Iced Hibiscus Tea with Lime – This is best made by the pitcher. In a saucepan, boil 4 cups of water with 4 bags of hibiscus tea for 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you like it. Serve over ice with a squeeze of lime.
9. Iced Orange Chamomile Tea – Bring 3 1/2 cups of water to a boil, then turn off the burner and submerge 4 bags of chamomile tea. Steep for 5-7 minutes, then transfer to a pitcher and let it cool completely. Add 1/2 cup of orange juice to the pitcher and pour it into glasses full of ice to serve.
10. Herbacious Cooler - Muddle a few sprigs of mint and cilantro and a couple of basil leaves in the bottom of a glass with a squeeze of lemon juice. Add a handful of ice and top off with soda water for a refreshing herbal treat.
Do you have a favorite summer mocktail to help you beat the heat?