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10 Healthy Summer Drink Recipes

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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?

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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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