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10 Healthy Summer Drink Recipes

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cucumber mint water mocktail

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!

2. Chia Citrus Cooler – I talked about how to eat more chia not too long ago, and this simple chia cooler packs a nutritional punch.

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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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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12:47PM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

Thank you.

6:55AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

#10 sounds GREAT! Would not think of drinking cilantro on my own...

5:14PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

sounds AMAZING

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Delightful and exhilarating recipes, nothing like a cool drink especially with a toasted cucumber sandwich on rye bread with herbs.

11:05AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012


7:12AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

Great, thanks.

4:04PM PDT on Jul 2, 2012


3:00PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

My mom grows lemons so she has been making us litres and litres of lemonade whether we want it or not xD.
If you try to make your own drinks and they taste...bleh, dont give up; perhaps all you need is to add a little something. So if your lemonade-for example-sucks, just add some mint :)
Trust me, you will stop buying juices and whatnot because your homemade version will taste just as awesome.

11:38PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

These drinks sound great! Thank you!

8:55PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

i try not to crank the a/c too much but it's hard not to in 108 degree weather!!

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