DIY Summer Sips for Real Rehydration
It’s always a great idea to have a refreshing drink at the ready to quench thirst during hot summer months. For satisfying and super-fresh alternatives to store-bought beverages, try these addictive low-calorie thirst quenchers, bursting with flavor—and phytonutrients.
Slice ½ organic English cucumber into a standard 2–3-quart pitcher. Add 2 cups cubed fresh watermelon and cover with room-temperature water. Let the mixture chill in the refrigerator for several hours before serving. Pour through a sieve or slotted spoon to capture fruit and vegetable pieces, if you prefer; or enjoy their festive look and taste in your glass.
Try a little of this flavor concentrate in your sparkling or still water, or chilled green tea. To make the concentrate: Place ½ cup peeled and sliced fresh ginger root, ¼ cup fresh peppermint or spearmint leaves, two tablespoons honey, and 1½ cups water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, covered. Remove from heat and let stand for an hour or more. Strain liquid through a fine sieve, squeezing any liquid out of the solids. To serve: Stir 2–3 tablespoons (to taste) into 12 ounces of water or tea. Refrigerate remaining concentrate in a mason jar.
Triple-Citrus Agave Teaser
Slice 2 limes, 1 lemon and 1 large grapefruit into a 2–3-quart pitcher and fill with still or sparkling water. Let stand for 30 minutes before serving over ice. The clean citrus taste will infuse the water without imparting too many harsh acids (which make it hard to drink without sugar!). Swirl 1 teaspoon agave nectar into each glass, if you prefer a slightly sweet citrus drink.