Sweet Summer Treats

Water is number one when it comes to summer drinks. You have to stay hydrated if you want to have fun! Ending up in the hospital with an IV in your arm is not the way to spend a warm summer day. But we cannot always drink water! Sometimes we want a cool, tasty drink. Many people look to soda to quench this thirst. I love soda, but too much of it always hurts my stomach, and it is just really not good for you. So to curb this soda craving try these sweet alternatives.

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade:

  1. What You’ll Need:
    • 1½ cups water
    • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
    • 1 lemon, peeled & halved
    • 4 strawberries, hulled
    • 4 Tbsp. honey or agave
    • ½ – 1 cup ice cubes
  2. How To Do It:
    1. Add all ingredients into blender (I use my Vitamix) and blend until combined and frothy smooth.
    2. Pour into cups and garnish with lemon slices and a sprig of basil.

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Jamaica Hibiscus Flower Tea:

  1. What You’ll Need:
    • 7 cups water, divided
    • 3/4 cup whole dried hibiscus flowers
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • Lime wedges
    • Mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)
  2. How To Do It:
    1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
    2. Place the hibiscus flowers and sugar in a heat-safe bowl or other container and pour in the water.
    3. Let steep for 10 minutes.
    4. Strain into a pitcher and add the remaining three cups of water.
    5. Stir and taste, adding more sugar or water if desired.
    6. Let cool and serve over ice with a squeeze of lime and a mint sprig.

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Blueberry Orange Infused Water

  1. What You’ll Need:
    • 6 cups water
    • 2 mandarin oranges,cut into wedges
    • a handful of blueberries
    • ice
  2. How To Do It:
    1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and put in the fridge for 2-24 hours to allow the water to infuse.
    2. You can also squeeze in the juice of one mandarin orange and muddle the blueberries to intensify flavor a bit.
    3. Serve cold.

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