It’s hot out — beat the heat with these refreshing beverages.
Maryse Chevriere, TheDailyMeal.com
We’ve officially reached that point in the summer where it’s almost too hot to function.
Heat records are being broken, weather maps of the country look like they’re suffering from a bad burn, the hum of fans and air conditioners is almost deafening, and the majority of overheard passing conversations involve words like “sweltering” and “heatpocalypse.” The need to beat the heat is imminent.
Chances are you’ve got cool, refreshing drinks on the mind, and indeed, staying hydrated at a time like this is absolutely essential. There are the obvious things to keep in mind: drink a lot of water (just make sure it’s not ice-cold, which can cause stomach cramps), avoid caffeine, sugary drinks, and hard liquor (if you must indulge in a tipple, opt for beer). But still, even the cooling potential of water can be enhanced with the addition of certain fruits and herbs. And don’t think water is the only option — coconut water is a great hydrator and yogurt-based drinks, like the popular Indian lassi, are known for their cooling properties.
Check out the recipes below for ideas on how to seek some thirst-quenching reprieve from the sizzling summer temperatures.
You might not assume that yogurt would be the ideal base for a cooling drink, but this traditional Indian beverage has long been enjoyed as a hot weather refresher. Though it can be made in a variety of flavors — mango being one of the most popular — this recipe sticks to the basics, combining plain yogurt, cold water, a little sugar, and lemon juice. (Or of you want an alternative to drinking your lassi, enjoy the flavors in this tasty frozen popsicle.)
Fresh Fruit Water
These simple summer coolers have no sugar, no sweeteners, no chemicals, and no calories. The watermelon, mint, and cucumber variety is great because all three ingredients have cooling properties and both watermelon and cucumber have a naturally high water content. Or you can try the raspberry, ginger, and Thai basil variety — the slight spice from the fresh ginger helps the body regulate its temperature.
Since you want to stay away from sugar-loaded processed juices, this is a great low-calorie drink to try. With only 65 calories per serving, it stars water-packed fresh watermelon, lime juice, and mint.
Lemonade Ice Cubes
We love this clever and visually stunning recipe from food52. Many recommend adding lemon juice to water to keep you hydrated — it helps balance electrolytes and promotes the absorption of water into your cells. This recipe just takes the idea a step further, freezing lemon juice and fresh berries into ice cubes that you can use to cool and flavor your glass of water.
Lemony Fresh Herb Cooler
Cool down with this revitalizing combination of herbs (basil, cilantro, mint, tarragon), lemon juice, and club soda.
This refreshing watermelon drink is a great option for soda-drinkers as the inclusion of sparkling water provides a familiar texture.
This recipe, from Whole Living, combines the cooling powers of cucumber and honeydew melon in a tasty, vitamin-packed drink.