the best drinks for summer

The 7 Best Drinks of Summer

As the days get hotter, you can depend on these on these summer beverages to keep you cool—without excess sugar.

By Megan Othersen Gorman

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Water may be the slimmest, healthiest, summer thirst slaker there is, but it’s far from the only healthy choice. In between glasses from the tap, try one of these seven healthful (and fun!) summer beverage standouts. (For more options, see Refreshing Summer Drinks on

Best Summer Thirst Slaker

Best Summer Smoothie

Best Summer Cocktail

Best Summer Brewski

Best Summer Party Punch

Best Summer Fancy Iced Tea

Best Summer Health-Booster
1. Best Summer Thirst Slaker: Fresh Mint Cooler
This completely refreshing—and completely calorie-free (read: no sugar!)—beverage is best enjoyed right about now, when the mint is fresh. To make it: Place several sprigs fresh mint in a heat-safe container, and pour 4 cups boiling water on top. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. Remove mint before serving, then garnish with a fresh mint leaf. 0 calories, 0 grams carbohydrates, 100% minty fresh
2. Best Summer Smoothie: The Metabolism Charger
You and your family will love this pick-me-up when the summer days are at their laziest. The kid-friendly smoothie relies on protein-packed yogurt and green tea, which contains antioxidants called catechins that are known to boost metabolism. Blend together ½ cup brewed green tea, cooled to room temperature; ½ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt; 1 cup mango pieces; ½ tablespoon honey, and 1 cup ice (about 6 cubes). 260 calories, 0 g fat, 61 g carbohydrates
3. Best Summer Cocktail: Cosmopolitan
Premade margarita mix is essentially high-fructose corn syrup with a splash of artificial lime flavoring; you call that a cocktail? Plus, you’ll be ingesting a 500-calorie-a-glass threat to your beach body during the height of swimsuit season. Instead, switch to a cranberry-based Cosmopolitan (150 calories a glass) for dramatic caloric savings and just as much taste: 1 ounce vodka, ½ ounce triple sec, ½ ounce lime juice, ½ ounce cranberry juice.
4. Best Summer Brewski: Sam Adams Boston Ale
Sure, you don’t drink them for your health. But ales do contain hops, a good source of cholesterol-lowering polyphenols. And they tend to be sweet or fruity because of the quick fermentation, so they have a great seasonal flavor. Plus, the strong flavors match well with burgers or chicken. A great choice, according to Men’s Health magazine: Sam Adams Boston Ale, at just 160 calories per serving.
5. Best Summer Party Punch: Alcohol-Free Sangria
It’s an uber-healthy, rainbow-colored drink that can easily made more “adult,” if you like, by adding dry red wine. In a 2-quart pitcher, stir together 3 cups Concord grape juice, 2 cups orange juice, ¼ cup lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Stir in orange half-rounds (from 1 to 2 oranges) and apple wedges (1 to 2 apples), and refrigerate, covered, for 4 to 48 hours. Serve in tall glasses garnished with fruit. Serves 8. For a reduced-alcohol version, combine this sangria with an equal amount of your favorite dry red wine. 92 calories, 0 grams fat, 23 grams carbohydrates
6. Best Summer Fancy Iced Tea: Mint Tea Coolers with Lime
This tea is sweetened with agave nectar, a mild-flavored sweetener from the agave plant that’s excellent for iced tea because it dissolves rapidly, even in cold liquid. Here’s how to make it: Bring 8 cups water just to a boil. Place 4 green tea bags and 4 mint tea bags in a large pitcher, pour boiling water over the top, and let steep 8 minutes. Remove tea bags and cool to room temperature. Add 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime) and 6 sprigs fresh mint. Chill at least 1 hour or overnight. Sweeten with 2 tablespoons agave nectar. Serve over ice and garnished with lime wedges and sprigs of fresh mint. Serves 6. 21 calories, 0 grams fat, 6 grams carbohydrates
7. Best Summer Health-Booster: Watermelon Smoothie
Watermelon is packed with phytonutrients (naturally occurring compounds that trigger healthy reactions in the body), including lycopene (an antioxidant that protects the heart and prostate), beta-carotene, and citrulline, which relaxes blood vessels. In a blender, simply combine 2 cups chopped watermelon and ¼ cup fat-free milk, and blend for 15 seconds or until smooth. Add 2 cups ice and blend 20 seconds more. Serves 2. 56 calories, 0 grams fat, 13 grams carbohydrates.


Published on: July 1, 2009

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