I just learned that this Thursday, July 26th (and every third Thursday in July) is set aside to celebrate “National Refreshments Day!” So I took to the web to research what I could find that would befit the occasion, and I think you might be interested to try something healthy and new!
It’s summer, after all, and there is no doubt you need to stay hydrated. Especially if you are consistently active physically. And, while we are still in the midst of pool party, al fresco dining, and bar-b-que season - you can enjoy the fun while avoiding the extra alcohol calories (and the hangover) while celebrating National Refreshments Day with these easy, delicious, but healthy mocktail recipes!
Ginger Beer Mojito Mocktail
Super easy and gut friendly, this drink reminds me of a Moscow Mule (sans the vodka or copper cup). Spicy-sweet, and cool, this ginger beer mojito mocktail tastes great with or without the alcohol.
Just be sure to use the freshest mint you can find, and a good-quality ginger beer.
Try it and I’m sure you will agree that drink tastes like summer in a glass.
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Black Cherry Basil Mocktail
Who doesn’t like cherries? As stone fruit comes into season, this fruity, refreshing drink can take the edge off even the hottest of summer days.
Basil presents an herby flavor that perfectly offsets the fruitiness of the cherries in this very special mocktail! It’s a delicately delicious drink you just might not be able to stop sipping!
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My first encounter with a citrus and cucumber drink was when I visited the Indian Springs Spa in Calistoga, California way back in 1989. At first glance, I thought I would hate it. However, it was delicious!
Now, I can think of few things more refreshing than the combination of fresh cucumber, citrus, and mint. What’s great is that this recipe combines all three—plus Stevia In The Raw to reduce calories while still offering a light sweetness—for a perfectly balanced summertime mocktail.
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Lemonade Iced Tea Mocktail
Iced tea and lemonade are two good old-fashioned favorites (especially in the southern United States) But, when you just can't choose between the two, why not have them both?
You just can’t go wrong with this lemonade iced tea recipe and, If you’re like me, it’ll be the thirst-quenching favorite you'll want with you all summer.
Plus, thanks to Stevia In The Raw, it won't leave you with a sugar-crash hangover, either.
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Watermelon Lime Mocktail
This takes me back to the agua fresca drinks of my childhood. Only this recipe has a twist! Hydrating and naturally sweet, this watermelon and fresh lime mocktail might only need a touch of agave for reinforcement.
Either way, be sure you make a big pitcher for guests cause they’re sure to down this one quickly!
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Strawberry Orange Mango Kombucha Mocktail
Some people don’t like the tanginess of kombucha, but using it instead of alcohol (like in these strawberry orange mango mocktails) will make your mocktail an immune-system-building and belly-friendly-powerhouse!
Especially since kombucha is naturally sparkling and packed with probiotics. Try making it with one and see for yourself!
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