Because you need a little more than water sometimes.
We all know that drinking enough water is what keeps us healthy, happy and thriving throughout our lives. But sometimes, water just feels plain boring. So if you’re looking for healthy, natural ways to wake up your taste buds and keep your hydration game going strong, give one of these five tasty chilled drink ideas a try. Enjoy them while we’re still in the swing of summer and then take your favorites with you into the rest of the year.
1. Water With A Splash Of Tart Cranberry Juice
When we say tart cranberry juice, we really mean it. Skip over that cranberry juice cocktail and opt for the 100 percent real stuff (Trader Joe’s sells a 32-ounce bottle for $2.99). You only need a tablespoon or two to give your glass of water a serious flavor boost, and those sour sips can also help your body ward off unwanted inflammation, protect against cancer and more. If you’re not a tart cranberry fan, try a tart cherry or tart blueberry juice instead. As long as it’s pure, you’re good to go.
2. Cold-Brewed Herbal Tea
This is one of our favorite ways to make hydrating a little more interesting in the summertime, but there’s nothing that says you can’t keep a batch of freshly brewed herbal tea in the refrigerator at all times. Try blends that you think would sound refreshing when chilled, like a lemon ginger brew or a citrus fruit paired with dried hibiscus flowers. And because they’re caffeine-free tea options, you can enjoy a glass at any point in the day without worrying about disrupting your sleep cycle.
3. Watermelon Water
Another hot-weather favorite, watermelon is one of the most refreshing fruits out there. Its perfect blend of sweetness and crunch makes it a delicious way to up your water content, but you can enjoy it in liquid form, too. Instead of stocking up on those tiny, super expensive, pre-packaged bottles of watermelon water at the supermarket, snag the largest melon you can find in the produce section (bonus if it’s on sale) and make some yourself. All you have to do is cut the fruit into large chunks and run them through your blender for a few seconds. It’s a little more labor-intensive than the store-bought version, but that just makes it taste even sweeter when it’s all said and done.
4. Oat Milk Iced Latte
If you love a boost of caffeine in the morning or when the 2 p.m. slump hits, give oat milk a try in your next cold coffee beverage. It’s perfect for anyone struggling with lactose intolerance or avoiding dairy in their diet because this healthy grain-based milk froths just as well as the real deal (which nut milks cannot do). Topping off an espresso shot with some oat milk is a great way to moderate your caffeine consumption (one shot has less than 65 milligrams), prevent that sudden energy crash that occurs after you drink black coffee on its own and keep your hydration levels up. Because your drink will be predominantly oat milk, you’ll easily counter the diuretic effects of the caffeine in the espresso.
5. Herb-Infused Water
Everyone knows to throw a bunch of fruits into their water pitcher and let them work their flavor magic, but don’t forget about the herb category. Options like basil, mint, rosemary, sage, thyme and lemon verbena can give your glass a spa-like feel while boasting additional nutrients as well. Just take the time to experiment with which herb blends and ratios work best for your taste buds, because greens like rosemary can get a little overpowering if you’re not careful. But you can’t go wrong with a nice cold glass of basil mint water. Talk about instant stress relief as you hydrate!