Homemade soft drinks are a great way to stay hydrated and enjoy a rich flavor on hot days. It is known that in summer when temperatures rise it is very important to supply the body with many fluids to avoid dehydration and feel good. Water is the most important drink for our Health and we want to remind you that an adult should consume 2-3 liters a day. However there are other tastier and refreshing ways to hydrate that are soft drinks refreshing. In each supermarket, a number of types and brands of non-alcoholic beverages are sold. But unfortunately these contain a lot of sugar or sweeteners, artificial colors, flavor enhancers and other harmful substances. For this reason the best thing you can do for your family is to avoid buying drinks without alcohol in the supermarket and learn how to prepare them at home. Here are a few recipes for soft drinks for the summer that will enchant you with their healthy properties and their taste.
Non-alcoholic drinks for summer
1. Iced tea with chamomile and lavender
This combination is good both hot and cold. Sweetened with honey, the floral flavor is both relaxing and refreshing. The tea is floral, sweet and relaxing. When ice cream is served, it is the perfect drink to sit in the sun on a day of leisure. It is those simple pleasures of life (the sun and iced tea) that can create a lovely moment. This iced tea is simple to make and quite refreshing and relaxing. Chamomile is a traditional remedy for insomnia and others find it useful in the treatment of headaches such as migraine (when drinking at the first symptom). It also has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that may be useful in treating stomach pain and helping with the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. In the same line, it is traditionally known that lavender is useful for treating insomnia due to its relaxing properties. It can also be useful to treat an upset stomach and relieve headaches. Lavender and chamomile not only have similar properties, but also have a wonderful flavor! But a serious warning for pregnant women: chamomile can have an abortive effect. I used honey to sweeten this tea. Honey has a soft floral taste (especially certain types) and mixes wonderfully with these two flavors.
3 heaping teaspoons of lavender and chamomile tea in a tea bag or muslin (or three tea bags)
2 cups of water
2-4 teaspoons of honey
Heat 2 cups of water to boil. In a heat-resistant container, immerse the chamomile and lavender mixture in the hot water for about 3 minutes. Filter with a strainer. Remove the tea. Add honey (to taste). Pour into cups with ice cubes and serve.
Non-alcoholic drinks for summer
2. Green rooibos iced tea
The green rooibos iced tea has a light and herbaceous flavor. Remember a little light green tea without the bitterness. Its flavor is softer compared to green teas and has much higher antioxidant levels. The perfect refreshing drink on a hot day! The difference between red and green rooibos is that the green rooibos does not ferment. The green rooibos is lighter in flavor and is richer in antioxidants. The modern medical institutes have recognized the medical benefits of consuming this drink and have proven that the rooibos has antiviral, antispasmodic and antiallergic properties. They also discovered that Rooibos has antioxidant properties 50 times greater than green tea. This is good news for many green tea drinkers, because due to its low price the Rooibos is a wonderful economic alternative for them. Rooibos does not contain caffeine, is rich in natural trace elements and contains healthy amounts of Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Fluorine, Manganese, Zinc, Calcium and Vitamin C. It also contains reasonable amounts of alpha-hydroxy acid, which is known to promote healthy skin . This is really an amazing plant that is beginning to make its way into Western culture from its home in South Africa.
Non-alcoholic drinks: Rooibos ice cream tea recipeIngredients:
2 tablespoons green rooibos leaves
1 liter of water
honey or stevia to taste
In a heated mason jar or in a French press, add two teaspoons of tea leaves. Pour hot water over the tea leaves and stir for 5-10 minutes. Press the tea leaves, or strain through a fine strainer if using the Mason jar. Add stevia or honey to taste (start with 1-2 tablespoons or honey) and then pour into glasses filled with ice. Stir vigorously and add more ice if necessary. Adjust the sweetness to taste and enjoy! In addition to iced teas, other soft drinks for all seasons are fruit and vegetable juices.
Refreshing soft drinks
3. Lime and pineapple juice with coriander
This is a very refreshing and delicious juice. It contains fresh pineapple, apples, cucumber, limes, cilantro and only a pinch of ginger. It's the perfect balance of flavors in a juice.
The pineapple is really super healthy. It has anti-inflammatory anti-inflammatory properties and stimulates digestion. Although there is much discussion about the natural sugars in the juice, we consider that the pasteurized juice purchased in the store belongs to a completely different category than fresh raw juices. Raw pineapple juice is used in some diets that fight against cancer. Raw carrot juice is used by some of the most respected cancer clinics. Just remember that raw juice and mixed drinks made with a blender are in different categories. Both are good. They just do different things. Anyway, this drink is drunk better alone. Do not serve it with a sweet roll, since it will remove the soft flavor of the pineapple. And use a sweet pineapple.
Recipe for approximately 2 1/2 glasses of juice
1 quarter of fresh pineapple, peeled.
2 small apples, or a large one (sour apples are good)
1 cucumber (peel if the skin is bitter)
15 to 20 coriander stems
Small piece of ginger
Juice of one or two limes
Go through the juicer except for the limes. Squeeze the lime in the drink. Enjoyment.
Smoothies are another category of soft drinks that have many health benefits and have become very popular lately. They are also considered more nutritious than other non-alcoholic beverages because they contain not only the juice of fruits and vegetables but also their pulp and fibers.
Drinks without alcohol
4. Banana Smoothie with Peanut Butter
Peanut butter and bananas are mixed with coconut milk to make a smoothie rich in proteins, vitamins and micro elements.
If you have not been a peanut butter lover so far, we assure you that as you get used to the idea of drinking instead of eating peanut butter, you will begin to really enjoy it. If you drink the smoothie at breakfast, all the healthy fats in coconut cream and peanut butter, nut protein and banana carbohydrates will keep you sated until lunchtime.Banana smoothie with peanut butter (For 1 person)
1 ripe banana (frozen for a thicker and cold drink) 2 tablespoons peanut butter 1/16 teaspoon of vanilla extract (I used half a teaspoon of 1/8) 2 tablespoons of coconut butter Approximately 1/2 cup of filtered water or instead of water and coconut butter, use 1/2 cup of whole coconut milk Mix in a blender and serve.
5. Smoke of bananas, chocolate and hazelnut butter
This version combines chocolate with hazelnut butter, the two important flavors of Nutella. The banana sweetens it and adds an extra creamy texture
If your banana is not very sweet or you just prefer it a little sweeter, add a splash of real maple syrup or raw honey. Delicious!
Banana and hazelnut smoothie with chocolate - 1 serving1 frozen banana or a banana and a handful of ice 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder 2 tablespoons hazelnut butter 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup of whole milk, coconut milk, almond milk or milk of choice (or 2 tablespoons of coconut cream plus 1/2 cup of water) Mix well in a blender. Pour into a glass and enjoy it!
6. Ice cream jasmine green tea
The green tea jasmine served with a little honey and cream is well balanced, soft, sweet and slightly bitter.
Creamy iced jasmine tea This tea is lightly sweetened, you can leave it unsweetened or made sweeter according to your desire. Instead of honey, you can also use stevia.
4 jasmine green tea bags
2 cups of hot water
2 tablespoons of honey
1/2 cup whole coconut milk (without sugar)
2 cups of cold water
A lot of ice
In a suitable container for the temperature, put the tea in 2 cups of hot water for ten minutes. Remove the tea bags from the water. Dissolve the honey in the hot water and then add the 2 cups of cold water and the coconut milk. Serve with a lot of ice.
Speaking of non-alcoholic drinks for summer we can not overlook the iced coffee.
7. Creamy iced coffee
Ice cream, creamy, sweet, with a touch of bitterness of "coffee". It's so perfect for a hot day! Summer is a little better with an iced coffee in your hands.
Creamy coffee ice cream for 2 people:1 cup of strong prepared coffee 2 cups of ice 1 cup of coconut milk, or coconut milk tonic. 2 tablespoons of honey, or to taste.
Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until the ice is completely destroyed.Pour the drink into your favorite cup of coffee and enjoy.
8. Frappé of chocolate and milk
Imagine an afternoon of leisure on a hot summer day. You can almost feel the desire to take a nap or have a snack. If you choose the latter (which is much more fun than sleeping) perhaps what you would like most is something refreshing and chocolate. You can only eat milk chocolate or do something much better: add some ice and mix the milk with the cocoa to get a very cold and delicious dessert for a hot afternoon. This is a very delicious chocolate, slightly sweet and icy. You can sweeten it with honey and if you follow a dairy-free diet you can substitute milk for coconut milk.
Milk chocolate "Frappé" for 2 people
1 cup whole milk coconut
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 hands full of ice
Mix everything in a blender and until the ice breaks completely in a "granita" type consistency. Taste the flavor and adjust the sweetness if desired.
Non-alcoholic drinks for summer
9. Smooth mango, oranges and bananas
This smoothie is so delicious that I could drink it every day regardless of the temperatures. Coconut milk is mixed with bananas, oranges and mangoes to create an incredible mix of flavors. The smoothie comes out very sweet only from fruits and does not need more sweeteners. In fact, this drink could easily be described as a dessert. In addition, mango is one of the few fruits with a low pesticide content, which makes it even healthier. For this reason, do not worry if you can not find it organic.
Orange and mango smoothiePortions 2-4
1 1/2 cups of whole coconut milk (while coconut milk goes well with tropical fruit and if you do not have coconut milk you could use yogurt, milk or kefir too).
2 frozen bananas
1 cup full of pieces of frozen mango
1-2 oranges without seeds and peeled
Add everything to the blender and mix until you get a smooth and delicious smoothie.
This gaseous fermented drink is easy to customize to your liking. It just needs a little patience. With Mason jar, tea and some other ingredients you can make your own tasty drink.
Combine the current interest in probiotic beverages with the DIY craft movement and the final result is kombucha, a healthy drink that is currently making its way through the multitude of health-free soft drinks. This slightly gaseous spicy drink begins as sweetened tea and is transformed into a fermented liquid with the help of ferments. It is a "symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast" for newcomers to the burgeoning scene of fermentation.
Why drink it? Proponents of the drink claim that kombucha benefits the intestinal flora which stimulates our immune system and its daily consumption promotes good general health. Another no less important reason to prepare and consume this beverage is the thrill of experimentation with the taste. It is a bittersweet mixture with a memorable spark linked by the fermentation process.
How to get started: First, find a friend who makes kombucha by posting a note at the food cooperative or online at the sites that serve the fermentation community. The yeast resembles a translucent flattened jellyfish and is slightly viscous to the touch. Keep in mind that it is a living culture, so it requires nutrients and a stable environment in which to thrive. Once activated, it tends to grow and divide. So get ready to share yeast with other people.
Making a small batch of kombucha is not that difficult, but attention must be paid to the details, since taking a superficial approach to making the drink will probably give bad results.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Total time: 408 hours, including fermentation
Performance: 12 cups of kombucha
Equipment you will need:
A 1 gallon Mason Jar with plastic spigot
2 6-cup Mason jugs with plastic lids
A small saucepan
A wooden spoon
Cheese gauze, coffee filters or open tissue bags to filter
4 flip-top glass bottles or wine bottles with polymer corks
1 cup of water
1 cup of white sugar
8 to 10 bags of black tea
3 1/2 quarts of filtered water
1/2 cup lime and lemon juice
2 oz fresh ginger, sliced
2 oz crystallized ginger
1/2 cup of frozen berries
Instructions for preparation:
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a saucepan. Slowly add the sugar and stir until it dissolves completely. Add the tea bags, remove from heat and allow the water to cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, wash the glass jars, bottle caps, spoon and spigot in warm soapy water and let air dry. If necessary, clean with paper towels and a little distilled vinegar to disinfect. Pour the tea into a 1 gallon jar of Mason. Then add 3 1/2 quarts of filtered water and place the yeast in the container. To accelerate the fermentation process, add 16 oz. of kombucha without taste ready to use, if available. Cover the jar with a cheesecloth, open the tissue polymer bag or the coffee filter and fix it with a rubber band. Place the jar on a high shelf away from direct sunlight and let it stand for 7 to 10 days.
At this point, the kombucha is ready to drink. However, you can also add small amounts of ginger, fruit juice, lemons, limes or berries in the smaller glass jars to enhance the flavor. For a basic kombucha, use 2 oz. of fresh ginger and 1/2 cup of apple cider. For a kombucha of berries, use 1/2 cup of frozen berries and 2 oz. fresh ginger For a kombucha with limes, use 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice plus 2 oz. crystallized ginger To add the selected flavors, combine the ginger, berries or juice in 2 6-cup Mason jars. Use the rounded end of a wooden spoon to press the contents against the sides of the bowl, squeezing the juices. Pour the kombucha into the glass jars, leaving approximately 20 percent of the remaining fermented tea in the 1-gallon jar. Seal the glass jars and set them aside from direct sunlight for up to 1 week. Strain and pour the contents into flip-top glass bottles or wine bottles with polymer corks. Seal and store the kombucha in a cool, dark place or refrigerate. Repeat the steps to make more lots of kombucha, using the scoby (so-called special yeast) and the remaining kombucha in the 1-gallon container to continue the fermentation process.