In summer, in order to stay well-hydrated we should drink between 1.5 and 2 liters of water a day. As we all know it, it is sometimes quite difficult to remember and stay hydrated a whole day. To help you, I share my summer drink recipes that I tried at home with my family. Low in calories, they are also cheaper than the products found in shops and are really easy to make! You also avoid all the ingredients with unpronounceable names and a lot of sugar. We enjoy those drinks very much, and therefore we drink more 😉!
Watermelon and red fruit water
Ingredients for a 3L jug
- half of a watermelon
- 350g strawberries
- 150g raspberries
- 1 handful of redcurrants
- 1 handful of blackcurrants
- 2 spoons of raw cane sugar
- 2 mint leaves
- 2 basil leaves
- half of a lime (or a lemon)
Mix all of the ingredients together (watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrant, mint leaves and basil). Pour the mixture into a jar or a pitcher and add water until the taste suits you. Add some sugar then stir with a spoon until the sugar is dissolved. Leave it overnight in your fridge for a better taste.
Homemade Ice Tea
Ingredients for a 3L jug:
- 4 liters of water
- 5 tablespoons of flavoured tea (caramel or red berries for example)
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar or raw cane sugar Several slices of organic lemon (you can use a lime too)
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Boil the water. Add 5 tablespoons of tea (I recommend « Sprite’s Delight », organic green tea blend by Paper & Tea) and let it infuse for around 4-5 minutes. Add sugar and honey ( you can add more or less than in the recipe), then stir with a spoon until the sugar and honey are completely dissolved. Filter the contents to remove tea residues. Add the slices of lemon/lime to the tea infusion. Allow to cool then leave overnight in the fridge.
I discovered the infused water or so-called detox water less than 2 years ago when I had to lose weight after my pregnancy. Since then, I became a real fan of it. The recipe: water with fruit and / or vegetables. These drinks are very easy to make. However, there are 3 small things you should keep in mind while preparing them:
- Keep your detox water in the fridge overnight so that the fresh ingredients have time to infuse in the water.
- Use only organic products otherwise it is not a detox anymore ☹
- Stock your infused water in a cold place, no more than 3 or 4 days.
Here is the recipe for my favorite detox water: Cucumber detox water with lemon, ginger and mint.
- 2L of water (room temperature)
- 1 cucumber cut into thin slices
- 2 tablespoons of grated ginger
- 10 mint leaves
- 1 lemon
Place 10 leaves of mint in 25cL of boiling water, let them boil for 5 minutes. Cut three slices of lemon and squeeze the rest. Fill a jug or a pitcher with 2L of water. Add the cucumber slices, 3 slices of lemon, the lemon juice, the mint infusion and 2 tablespoons of ginger. Mix everything and keep in the fridge overnight.
- 3L of sparkling water
- 2 tablespoons of grated ginger
- 2 lemons
- 1 lime
- 5 tablespoons of raw cane sugar
Prepare the ginger syrup by boiling 200 mL of water with ginger and sugar. Boil for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the syrup cool. Fill a jug or a pitcher with 3L of sparkling water, the lemon-lime juice and the cooled ginger syrup Serve chilled with ice cubes.
Well, I hope you will enjoy those drinks on your summer afternoons and during aperitifs with your friends. Please, share your comments!