5 Things Tuesday – Refreshing Summer Drinks #1
Now this summer, I am in search for drinks that would be benefited to our health aside from water. During summer, juices or cold drinks give us some cooling effect and quenching our thirst.
Here are the top 5 drinks that we can indulge our nutritional drinks while enjoying our summer that I wanted to try:
a. Lemonade – is a juice from lemon added water and sugar to taste good. It has Vitamin C helps the body physiologically respond to heat stress, and Vitamin E (Antioxidant) benefits that help protect skin from UV damage when you use topically before applying sunscreen, both before and after sun exposure.
Photo and Recipe from BHG.com:
- 3 cups cold water
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 3/4 cup sugar
- Ice cubes
- Lemon slices
- In a 1-1/2-quart pitcher stir together the water, lemon juice, and sugar until sugar is dissolved. If desired, chill in the refrigerator. Serve over ice. Garnish with lemon slices.
- Makes 4 servings.
b. Peach and Mint Iced Tea – Peaches has Vitamin A and C make peaches a great natural moisturizer; they’re often used in cosmetics. These vitamins can help regenerate skin tissue. Mint plants contain an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid which has been studied for its effectiveness in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms, revealing a promising natural treatment.
Photo and Recipe from Realsimple.com:
- 8 cups boiling water
- 8 tea bags
- 4 ripe peaches, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 small bunch fresh mint sprigs
- sugar, to taste (if desired)
- Pour 8 cups of boiling water into a heat-resistant pitcher. Add 8 tea bags and let steep for 10 minutes.
- Remove and discard the bags and allow the tea to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Before serving, add the peaches and mint and pour over ice.
c. Lime Fizz – Limes are packed with vitamin C (ascorbic acid), a natural antioxidant, important for boosting the immune system, protecting against colds and many bacterial illnesses.
Photo and Recipe from myrecipes.com:
- Crushed ice
- 3/4 to 1 cup Lime Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 3 1/2 cups chilled club soda
- Fill a large pitcher with crushed ice.
- Pour Lime Simple Syrup and lime juice over ice.
- Add club soda, and stir gently to combine. Serve immediately.
d. Watermelon Lemonade – Watermelon will keep you cool, hydrated, satiated and healthy. Melons contain lycopene that protects your skin against sun damage, and they’re a good source of vitamin A and C.
Photo and Recipe from Delish.com:
- 1 1/2 lb. sliced seedless watermelon
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 3/4 c. fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 c. mild honey (such as orange blossom)
- 1 lemon
- In the bowl of a food processor, place watermelon and process until very smooth. Strain through a coarse sieve set over a bowl, stirring to push through any pulp. Pour juice into a large pitcher. Add lemon zest.
- In a bowl, whisk lemon juice and honey until honey dissolves; stir into watermelon juice. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cold water; cover and refrigerate until very cold. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices.
e. Pomegranate Lemonade – Promegranate induces hunger and manages thirst as well as acts as a good tonic for the stomach, liver and heart.
Photo and Recipe from health.com:
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup pomegranate juice (such as POM Wonderful)
- 2 1/2 cups water
- Crushed ice
- Combine sugar and lemon juice. Stir well to dissolve.
- 2. Pour lemon mixture and pomegranate juice into a pitcher, and stir well.
- 3. Add 2 1/2 cups water. Pour into 4 (8-ounce) glasses.
- 4. Add crushed ice as needed to each glass.
Do you agree? What are your recommended refreshing drinks this summer?