December 29, 2016

DIY Flavoured Water and Other Fun Summer Drinks

Looking to make a change for the new year? How about try making flavoured waters and fun summer drinks? We all know the bad things about fizzy drinks, Coke, Pepsi, sugary juices and the explosion of drinks filled with guarana and caffeine. So let’s leave those bad guys behind and make our own!

Electrolyte Replacement Drink

Replace electrolytes after work outs, heat exposure or illness without all the artificial flavour, added sugar and wasteful packaging.  (Makes 1 litre)

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tarter (or eat 2 bananas for potassium)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 litre warm water
  • Optional:  1 tablespoon orange juice or 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Instructions:

Mix together in a large jug – the warm water helps the dry ingredients dissolve. Keep refrigerated, and bring a reusable bottle full when you know you’ll be breaking a sweat.

EnerTea

This drink is basically lemon ice tea, but this is a wonderful drink to have pre or post workout. This is simply better than the marketed sport drinks and it can be cooled and kept in the fridge for when you need it. You can replace the sugar with maple syrup as well. (Makes around 1 litre)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tea Bags
  • 6 level teaspoon sugar (24 grams)
  • A pinch of salt (0.5 grams)
  • 2 oz lemon juice (about 55 grams)
  • 30 oz boiling water

Simply steap the tea in the boiling water and add lemon, sugar and salt. Allow to cool before drinking unless you love hot tea before a big workout.

For people who are watching their calorie intake:
100 calories
500 mg Sodium
60mg of Potassium (from the lemon juice)
Caffeine varies, est 100mg-200mg caffeine (depending on the tea used and infusion duration)

Homemade Ginger Ale

A refreshing, natural drink that soothes stomachs and aching joints.  (Makes 4 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 2 cups soda water
  • Lemon slices
  • Ice

Instructions:

Finely chop or shred ginger in a food processor or with a hand grater. Boil water and add the ginger to it. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain.

Add honey. (More can be added to taste.)

Allow mixture to reach room temperature. Pour 1/2 cup in a glass. Add soda, a lemon slice, and ice. Stir and serve. Any leftover drink must be refrigerated or the mixture will begin to ferment and you’ll have ginger beer!

Cold-brewed Coffee

Cold-brewed coffee may sound like an oxymoron, but it’s actually an easy way to extract a well-rounded, smooth coffee from your beans. The brew is strong enough to be used in place of espresso in lattes and other drinks as well.  These instructions are for making small quantities of coffee, to make a larger quantity you can use more ingredients and larger containers.

Ingredients and Items You’ll Need:

  • A storage container for the final brew – a pitcher or a tall jar with a lid will work
  • A tall glass or mason jar with a lid for brewing
  • A second tall glass or jar to pour the steeped coffee mixture into
  • A stainless steel kitchen strainer with a fine mesh (if you don’t have fine mesh, you can use cheesecloth in addition to the strainer)
  • Coffee

Instructions:

Measure 5-6 tablespoons of medium-course ground coffee into the brewing glass. Add about 1.5 cups room temperature water and stir until there are no lumps. If you’re increasing volume, a 4:1 ratio of water to coffee will work best.

Put a lid on the container and let it brew for a minimum of 3 hours – it can sit up to 12 hours, depending on how strong you like your brew.

Strain the brewed coffee through the stainless steel strainer into the second container. Clean out the first glass, and strain the mixture back into the original container. If the filter clogs at any point stop pouring and clean it out before resuming.

Pour the final mixture in your storage container or pitcher and put it in the fridge. The mixture is 2-3 times stronger than drip coffee, so dilute it with an equal amount of water to start – adjust to taste. You can also dilute in milk or non-dairy milk for a latte-like drink.

Flavoured Water

Bottled water was bad enough – disposable plastic bottles of (most likely) water from a municipal source (tap water!). Then came flavoured water – sweetened with artificial flavors and wastefully packaged for your “convenience”.  Overpriced, unhealthy and needlessly wasteful – pre-packaged flavoured water is a rip off. Save money and drink things you can actually pronounce by flavouring water at home.

Essential Oils

Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to cold water or iced tea – start with one drop and add to taste. You can combine flavours for more complex beverages. We like:

  • 2 drops of peppermint
  • 1 drop sweet orange, 1 drop cinnamon
  • 1 drop ginger, 1 drop lemon

Fruit-Infused Water

Why recreate fruit-flavoured water with imitation flavours when you can use the real deal? Cut up fresh fruit and drop it into a pitcher of water.

We like:

  • Kiwi and strawberry
  • Strawberry, raspberry and blackberry
  • Cucumber and lemon
  • Orange and mint leaves
  • Honeydew and cucumber
  • Watermelon and fresh basil
  • Lemon and fresh lavender
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Comments

  1. What an interesting flavoured drink! Thanks for this great guide, and I’m sure i’ll be drinking Flavoured Bottled Water throughout the summer!