We all know the very best way to quench our thirst and stay hydrated during these toasty summer months is good ol’ H2O. It’s hard to beat the original! But, even though we love a big glass of water, we also understand that drinking just plain water all day everyday can be a little, well, plain!
That’s why we pulled together four of our favorite hydrating beverages that go beyond run-of-the-mill options. Just remember: everything in moderation! Keep the majority of your hydration coming from clean, fresh water, and you can use these healthy beverages as a fun way to supplement your drink rotation.
Okay, so this one is just barely different from the stuff that comes out of the tap, but it’s got enough of a fun twist to brighten up your day. There are literally thousands of fruit combinations you can put together to create your perfect fruit water. And bonus: it is beautiful!
Try: Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber and Mint Water from Back to Her Roots
The lemonade your mom makes probably tastes awesome, but it’s likely loaded with sugar (and, ahem, maybe she even uses the mixes from the store that are packed with artificial colors and flavors). Instead, try a healthier version of lemonade by making it from scratch, using less sugar, and seeking out cleaner ingredients.
Try: Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade from Bless This Mess
What’s an agua fresca? Easy! It’s a lightly-sweet fruity beverage that is popular in Mexico. Think lemonade, but made with all kinds of tasty fruits. Because of the low sugar (some recipes call for no added sugar, others just a touch), it’s a great way to get a little taste of sweetness, without feeling like you’re slurping dessert.
Try: Agua De Sandia (Watermelon Water) from Skinnytaste
While booze might be delicious, it’ also terribly dehydrating—exactly the opposite of what you need in the summer heat. Instead, enjoy a “mocktail” that packs in the flavor without any buzz. You’ll never miss the liquor. Probably.
Try: The Consolation Prize Mocktail from Smitten Kitchen