Water, only better

Staying cool in the summer months is hard to do sometimes, especially when trying to stay hydrated. Rather than reaching for those sugary drinks or just plain old water, here are a few recipes to spice up your drinking options in a healthy way!

 sugary drink

Nectarine and Thyme Sun-Brewed Iced Tea What you will need: Large beverage dispenser or pitcher Organic loose leaf tea or 6 black tea bags, more or less depending on how strong you like your tea 1 gallon water Sun 4 organic nectarines, sliced 5 medium sprigs fresh organic thyme Ice Put the water, tea bags, and thyme in the beverage dispenser and place in direct sunlight for 3 hours. Add nectarines and ice for a cold, refreshing drink.

Nectarine and Thyme Sun-Brewed Iced Tea

Fruit and Herbal-Infused Water

 Fruit and Herbal-Infused Water

One of the best things about infused water is that you can take just about any form of fruit, and herbs from your garden or local farmers market and give your water a boost in flavor. Feeling simple? Drop a few raspberries and a sprig of rosemary in a glass of iced water. Feeling adventurous? Toss mint, strawberries, lemons, limes, cucumbers, and raspberries in a pitcher of iced water for your next outdoor BBQ. My personal favorite is orange water! Just slice up an orange and place it in a mason jar full iced water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes so the flavors of the orange with your water, and ta-da! A delicious cold, not-so-boring beverage!

 lemons and ice

Another great way to add a bit of color and flavor to iced beverages is to take an ice-cube tray, fill it with water (I have even seen them filled with tea!!!), and add some organic blueberries, lemons, or mint sprigs! What’s great about these recipes is that they are not just “two cups of this or that.” You can experiment with different fruits and flavors to get your own unique delicious drink!

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