Four Refreshing and Sugar Free Summer Drinks to Help You Cool Off
The summer heat is rolling in quickly, which means you’ll want some new ways to cool off and hydrate while enjoying the outdoors.
If you’re looking for some healthy, refreshing summer drinks that aren’t plain water, and that aren’t loaded with extra sugar, give one of these recipes a try.
1. Sugar Free Lemonade
Let’s kick things off with a summertime classic — lemonade. You can use stevia as a natural alternative to sugar and no one will be the wiser. This recipe is incredibly easy to whip up, and you can substitute limes for lemons if you’re craving limeade.
- 8 cups water
- ¼ cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
- ½ cup stevia
Fill a standard sized pitcher with water. To dissolve the granulated stevia, grab a small pot and mix the stevia with ½ cup of water. While stirring, heat the mixture until all of the stevia is dissolved. Add the stevia mixture and lemon juice in with the water in your pitcher and mix it up.
Grab some glasses, toss a few ice cubes in, then pour and enjoy.
2. Fruit infused waters
This refreshing summertime drink idea couldn’t be simpler! Just grab a pitcher, fill it with water, toss in slices of your favorite fruits, and refrigerate for approximately one hour. Not sure where to begin? Try some of these flavor combinations:
- Cucumber and lemon
- Watermelon and lime
- Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries
- Mango, papaya, and pineapple
For an extra flavor kick, muddle your fruit a bit to release more of the deliciousness.
3. Jalapeno infused waters
If you’d like something on the spicier side, try one of these surprisingly tasty infused water mixes that feature a kick from jalapenos:
- Cucumbers, mint, and jalapenos
- Strawberries and jalapenos
- Pineapple, lemon, and jalapenos
- Cilantro and jalapeno
You should slice and de-seed your jalapenos first, just be careful not to go overboard if you’re sensitive to spice.
This refreshing concoction from SkinnyMs is sure to be a family favorite. You’ll get some natural sugars from the fruit, but there aren’t any added sugars. The recipe yields approximately two servings, so you may want to double or triple the amounts of each ingredient.
- 2 cups chilled seedless watermelon, chopped
- ½ cup no sugar added pomegranate juice
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- 1 mint leaf
Toss all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture over ice, garnish with more mint if you’d like, and drink up.