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7 DIY Healthy Drinks to Keep You Hydrated This Summer

Update Date: Jun 08, 2016 06:00 AM EDT
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Summer is here and keeping hydrated should be a priority. Drinking water is always good, but make drinking more fun and delicious with these 7 DIY healthy drinks you can easily make at home.

1. Basil Lemonade

Lemonade is a classic summer drink, but adding a kick of basil will make it more refreshing. This recipe from Care2 recommends putting in soda water instead of sugar for fewer calories. The sparkling basil lemonade is made with 1 part soda water and a few leaves of basil.

2. Mint and Watermelon Chiller

Watermelon is a summer fruit and what better way to take advantage of it than to infuse it in a drink. Fresh watermelon juice and mint will make hydrating this summer more relaxing and healthy as this drink recipe from Skinny Ms says that there is no added sugar.


3. Cucumber Water

For those looking for a straight up healthy way to hydrate this summer, Kimberly Snyder's recipe fro Cucumber Water may be the answer. Cucumber is the lone ingredient that is mixed into the water, but while that may be so, this vegetable is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals necessary for hydration and keeping healthy.

4. Pineapple and Thyme Infused Ice Tea

Iced tea can get a little boring but adding in a few ingredients can make a difference. This recipe from Woman's Day calls for adding pineapple and thyme to iced tea to make it more refreshing, fresh and a delight to sip during the summer heat wave.

5. Ginger and Mint Iced Green Tea

Green tea is filled with antioxidants and nutritional goodness. While it is traditionally served hot, this recipe from Real Simple turns it into a refreshing summer treat. The addition of ginger and mint makes it more cooling and thirst-quenching than it is.

6. Carrot Lemonade

Upgrade your lemonade game with this carrot lemonade recipe from BHG. Slaking your thirst under the summer sun cannot get better with this drink that is added with carrots and pineapple juice.

7. Melon, Thyme, and Lime Slush

Nothing can be more satisfying than a frozen drink during a hot summer. This inspired drink recipe from Self shows you how to recreate this at home with ease. In addition to melon and lime, it also calls for honeydew or cantaloupe as well. For the grown ups, they can add tequila or mezcal to give it a grown-up alcoholic kick.

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