Summer time is upon us and we don’t want to waste it in summertime sadness, so the best way to ward of the scorching heat is to indulge in drinks. Relishing in spine chilling sweetness is one of the reasons why many of us anticipate the summer even though the temperature is way above our capacity to bear. But while combating the heat we shouldn’t forgo our health.
The summer season also brings along the joy of exotic gifts in the form of scrumptious fruits, and the best way to make use of all the seasonal fruits is by blending them to make your own drink.
Fruits can be easily transformed into perfectly cold brews which can either be creamy or tangy. Fruity summer drinks can also provide the nutritional kick your body needs in the summer heat so that it doesn’t bar you from any activity. Studies have shown that fruit drinks pack way more ‘Glucose’ and ‘Fructose’ than the normal fiber counterparts. So if you feel low on the energy during any of your summer activities then a fruity drink is the savior to look for.
Even Nancy Sinatra could not hold herself back where summer and fruits were involved and famously crooned:
‘Strawberries, cherries and an angel’s kiss in spring
My summer wine is really made from all these things.’
Let us round up all the best drinks which will allow you to cool off while braving the summer sun and enjoy an explosion of flavors on your palate. So all you need to do is go through our compilation of cool treats and enjoy the best of both worlds.
Smoothies are the ideal companions to make in summer. The sweet and savory drinks perfectly complement the weather, while providing a health boost to the body at the same time. They can be made from literally any fruits, but the tastiest and most antioxidant-rich treats can formed when blended with berries.
Hollywood starlet Gwenyth Paltrow has even declared her organic peach smoothie inspired by the famous detox designed by, Dr. Junger M.D, as a staple of her healthy life principle. Similarly the Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whitley is a staunch believer in the detox power of organic smoothies and her snap story is usually filled with personal recipes.
If you’re not impressed with the power of simple fruits smoothies you can also opt for a green smoothie. Green smoothies are not just a tasty beverage ideal for the summer heat but many in Hollywood believe it to be the secret behind all the celebs looking for perfection. Actors by the bunch can always be counted on to sporting a green cup before or after a workout. Whether it is Oscar winning actress Anne Hathaway or the Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton, they have been caught slurping the nutritious goodies by the paparazzi many times. Not to forget is Jessica Alba the owner of the $1 billion Honor Company, who famously blended a kale smoothie on the Ellen show and was all lyrical about its qualities.
Some incredible tasty smoothie options are:
Berry Blast Smoothie
The sort of blasts that the world needs right now.Take half a cup of different assortments of berries e.g. strawberries, cherries, blueberries, raspberries etc. and add half a cup of coconut water along with 2 table spoons some Greek yogurt to make a deliciously creamy blend. Also sprinkle in some flaxseeds for the added nutritional value, since it contains omega-3 fatty acids. For heightened taste mint leaves can also be added to mix which will also impart a green tint to the smoothie.
Creamy Fruity Smoothie
Cream and fruit, are there any two words so mystically used that even reading them brings water to your mouth. Cut different fruits of your choice into small cubes. The best fruits for a creamy smoothie include peaches, mango, apple, banana, or pineapple. Add all the fruits in a cup and add 3 table spoons of cream. Add half teaspoon of vanilla extract for increased flavor. Blend the mixture with half a cup of your favorite citrus juice e.g. orange, lemon, grapefruit etc. you can also add your favorite ice cream for that extra richness or creaminess in the drink.
A green smoothie can be made with any fruits smoothie but to give it the distinction of ‘Green’ a vegetable can be added to the mix. Vegetables such as spinach, kale, and broccoli are excellent choices for green smoothies since they do not have potent flavors and blend in easily. Additionally such green vegetables are packed with essential antioxidants and vitamins.
Another refreshing invention of the summer is the detox water. Detoxification refers to the internal cleansing of the body which flushes out the toxins and drinking water is a natural detoxification process. However in the summer when you are feeling extra hot and sweaty you can add fruits and vegetables to your simple water to make it more detoxifying.
Detox waters are a great way to make the body feel better. It is not a miracle fluid that washes all the harmful fluids from the body but rather a healthy lifestyle choice. If you commit yourself to drinking detox water then you would obviously be consuming at least 8-10 glasses of the detox water per day. In this way not only will you be consuming the refreshingly infused water but also keeping up with your daily water requirement.
The basic principle of making detox water is soaking the fruit or vegetable it in water long enough for the antioxidants and the essential nutrients e.g. vitamins to be infused into the water. Detox water can be made using the following fruits or vegetables:
- Berries e.g. Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Blackberries etc.
Cucumber-Lemon Detox water
You have all seen them, sliced and placed on someone’s eyes while that person lies in serenity and savors the nature.
To make a cucumber and lemon infused detox water, take five glasses of water and add slices of one medium sized cucumber to it. Then squeeze one lemon over it and leave for at least 4 hours and start drinking. Do not leave the water for more than 7 hours otherwise it will become rancid.
Having a mocktail is one of the most fun and refreshing way to indulge in the summer feast. These alcohol-free treats cannot be mocked based on their delicious taste and can be enjoyed at brunch, lunch, or dinner in the summer. If you want to achieve that summer beach body then letting go of alcohol is a great way to start and replacing your glass with a scrumptious mocktails is an added bonus. Some of our favorite mocktail options for summer 2016 include:
Basil & Mint Lemonade
Lemonade is one of the go to drinks for the summertime. The simple ingredients of water and lemon juice can be made even fresher by adding basil leaves into the mix. Simply add the basil leaves to the lemonade or if you want more of their flavor then crush them and then add to your glass of citrusy coolness.
Another twist to the classic tale of lemonade can be added by using fresh strawberries. You can add pieces of crushed strawberries to the lemonade and give it the sweet and tangy taste it deserves. If you don’t want to eat chunks of strawberries in your drink then you can blend the strawberries with your lemonade and enjoy this unique mocktail.
Ginger Iced Tea
This gingery concoction of ice tea can be the perfect companion in this blistering summer heat for those looking to lose the extra pounds. The ice tea not only keeps the body cool in this blistering heat but comes with the added health benefits of green tea. Along with a tang of ginger this mocktail is also the perfect drink for those looking to lose weight.
Summer is not complete without a glass of Pina Colada, the national drink of Puerto Rico And what could be better than a Pina Colada which does not have the added calories of coconut cream and milk. Simply replace both of those ingredients for coconut milk and water for a healthier and lighter glass of goodness.
A watermelon margarita is one of the best concoctions of summer time. The mixture of watermelon juice along with coconut water is filled with the freshness required to keep the body hydrated in summer, so that you don’t lag behind on all the fun activities.
Coconut Mint fizz
Another great drink to beat the heat is a simple mint infused glass of coconut water. The nutrients present in both mint and the coconut water are extremely beneficial for the body and helps to keep the electrolyte levels of the body balanced. Simply add mint to the coconut water and enjoy with just a few cubes of ice.
Freshly Squeezed Juice
If you believe the hassle of making all these special drinks is too much for you in the summer heat then you can also skip the hustle and enjoy by opting for the simplest alternative such as fresh juice. Just squeeze out the fresh juice of your favorite fruits and enjoy it with some ice. Putting the fresh juice in the freezer overnight or blending it with ice can also result in a fresh chiller which is a like snow slide down your throat.
The freshest juices of the season are citrus and what better way to consume all the vitamin C you need than through a cold tall glass of the refreshingly fruity delight. Simply squeeze out the juice from fresh citrus product such as oranges and mix them up with other citrus juices like grapefruit and enjoy.