The heat is hot, hot, hot this summer and we are always looking for delicious and creative to keep cool and hydrated! Of course, popsicles are a great way to stay super cool during these heat waves, but what about healthy and hydrating beverages to have poolside or with your favorite BBQ dinner? Here are five satisfying sips for summer that will keep you and your family healthy, happy, cool, and hydrated all summer long! And if what you really want are more cold treats, then you can easily freeze any of these recipes in your favorite ice pop mold!
Mermaid Deep Sea Punch 1 of 5
I created a bright, dye-free, sea-blue Mermaid Fruit Punch so that the whole family can celebrate our planet with a refreshing summer cocktail. Feel free to jazz it up with an extra little somethin' somethin' for the adults, but either way it's the perfect way for everyone to raise their glasses to our incredible planet.
Kiddie Sangria 2 of 5
When we went on vacation last summer, I would occasionally make my kids (and me and hubby) special cocktails to cap off a long day of play. Using just a bit of juice, some cut up fresh fruit and sparking water — and a fun straw or umbrella — it was something the kids looked forward to every day and it was so cute to watch them sit there each evening holding their pretty drinks and feeling grown up.
Lemon Mint Tea 3 of 5
One thing that grows in our garden year round is fresh mint. It's such a hearty herb and one that I find most kids love. One of my kids absolute favorite drinks is mint tea. Most days I use tea bags, but when we want something special, we go to out the garden together, pick some sprigs of mint and brew up a pitcher of this delicious treat.
Watermelon Juice 4 of 5
The kids have been eating a slice of watermelon every day since it popped back in season, but you should have seen their eyes when I opened a yellow watermelon. The texture of the yellow is a little bit more dense, but it's still got that sweet, refreshing flavor. This juice only takes seconds to make and is a fraction of the cost of the bottled juices you get at the store which are in many cases filled with sugar and artificial flavors. Another bonus, if you buy a whole watermelon (the yellow one I bought at the farmers market was $3 and the huge red one was $5), you'll have plenty of your fruit left over to much on!
Green Soda 5 of 5
I made this homemade soda for St. Patrick's day, but it works well year round! With fresh mint and lime juice and just a touch of honey for sweetness, this virgin cocktail is a real treat for your Blarney celebration or any time of year when you want something healthy and homemade to replace that soda craving.
What is your favorite summertime beverage?
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