Living in Florida has its perks but the oven-like temperatures of the summer are not one of them. I tried not to hear the meteorologist forecast of this week’s raging heat wave of 100-degree plus weather. The high temps mean constantly staying hydrated and while this girl loves her water, sometimes summer sippers are wonderful.
Today for Love Your Life Friday, I’m sharing five of my favorite fast drinks that quench your thirst and taste delightful too. I use a sugar alternative, Pure Stevia, but feel free to use whichever sweetener you prefer, and sweeten to your liking.
Iced Chai Latte
Years ago, a friend introduced me to a Starbucks vanilla chai latte which I loved but wanted a homemade iced version so I could keep my bucks in my wallet. Oolong tea is my tea of choice as it’s lower in caffeine than black tea and helps burn calories.
- 1 1/2 cups steeped oolong tea (I use 2 tea bags)
- 2-3 “doonks” pure stevia (or some call it a “smidgen” – it’s 1/32 tsp)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (pumpkin pie spice works great too!)
- sprinkle of cayenne
- a pinch of Himalayan pink sea salt
After the tea has cooled, mix ingredients with a stick blender, pour in a large glass and add ice and more water. I love the slight heat and the cold version of the popular coffee shop’s hot tea.
Just Like Lemonade
The first time I made this, my kids said it tasted just like lemonade because of the tangy taste. My husband disagrees and cannot get past the smell of apple cider vinegar. But because of the great health benefits from ACV and the tweaks to my preferences, this is a summertime hit for myself and my kiddos.
- 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (I use a full tbsp)
- 1-2 doonks of stevia extract powder (or some call it a “smidgen” – it’s 1/32 tsp)
Fill a quart-size mason jar halfway with water. Add apple cider vinegar, sweetener, and ice. Top off with water, screw on lid, and shake well. Adjust to taste preferences.
If there’s no fooling you with Just Like Lemonade, go for the real stuff. When we have a bumper crop of lemons, we juice like crazy and freeze it to have lemonade all year long so that’s where my lemon juice comes from. Fresh is perfect too, but I haven’t used the bottled lemon juice for this. If you try it, let me know how you like it.
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 2 doonks stevia extract powder (or some call it a “smidgen” – it’s 1/32 tsp)
Mix well. Add ice. This would be delicious thrown in a food processor or blender with a couple handfuls of ice. A perfect lemonade slushy!
In high school, a group of friends used to ride through Sonic once a week for the sugary strawberry limeades. I wanted to create a sugar-free version for my kiddos to try and recreate a yummy treat.
- 1/8 cup lime juice, bottled is fine
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 doonk stevia extract powder (or some call it a “smidgen” – it’s 1/32 tsp)
- 1 c. water
Blend ingredients in a food processor or blender. Add water until desired consistency and taste is reached. Enjoy!
Lazy Woman’s Treat
I’m a mama of six so sometimes the last thing I want to do is spend 5 extra minutes in the kitchen when I need to rehydrate. So I do this instead. I discovered Bai stevia-sweetened drinks at our local Costco a few months ago. My favorite flavor is the watermelon one and I stuck it in the freezer one morning for a fast freeze. I forgot about it until lunch time but when I pulled it out, it was partially frozen. I stuck a butter knife in the top, twisting until I’d broken it up enough to drink. It tasted exactly like a watermelon slushy. And I didn’t even have to work for it. Ha!
So if you’re looking for a super simple, delightful summertime sipper, pick up your favorite bottled fruity drink and stick it in the freezer for 1-2 hours until it’s icy. Break up the ice, stick in a straw, and sip away!
- Kula Watermelon flavored Bai (stevia sweetened, fruit infused water)
Partially freeze. Break up ice chunks with a knife and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy these simple ideas to rehydrate during the hottest days of summer. Our family enjoys these drinks and we hope you do too!
I’d love to hear what your favorite summertime sippers are!
Amanda Wells is the proud wife of a smokin’ hot third-generation farmer, and they have taken Psalm 127:5 literally, raising their quiverful of six kids on the farm. She loves baking, reading, writing, and arithmetic (kidding!). Amanda writes about faith, homeschooling on the farm, and family life at farmwyfe.com.