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Tasty Water Alternatives

Summer is in full swing, and here in Birmingham, that means high humidity and even higher temperatures. Naturally, I find myself to be thirstier than usual, but some days I’m just tired of plain water.

After doing a little research on MyRecipes and asking my coworkers for their favorite hydrating beverages, I decided to try a few for myself. I bought a watermelon last week for the Fourth of July, so you can imagine that I had a lot left over, and I used that to inspire two of my beverages.


For the first two drinks, I added watermelon-peach cubes to iced tea and water. I blended about two cups of watermelon with two medium peaches, poured the puree through a sieve and then into one of my ice cube trays. I let the puree freeze for a day before adding some of the cubes to fresh iced tea and ice water. I liked the tea better because the flavor was richer, but I may try the cubes again in some sparkling water. I also would separate the fruits into different cubes, or add more peach because the watermelon nearly overpowered it.

The third beverage I tried was a variation on lemonade. I dove back into my watermelon and peaches and added some slices to a glass of lemonade. I let it sit in the fridge for over an hour to let the fruit soak up the lemonade and their flavors infuse into the ‘ade. I have to say, for such a simple recipe, this drink had a lot of flavor! The fruit flavors had infused enough to balance the lemon, and I have to admit that I slurped it down in record time.

I got the recipe for the fourth drink from a friend. At her Fourth of July party, she’d made up a pitcher of cucumber water. She slices half a cuke and adds them to the water along with a handful of ice cubes. It doesn’t take long for the cukes to infuse the water with their flavor; I tried this in just a glass of ice water and after ten minutes the water was cold and tasted distinctly of cucumber. I drank this almost as fast as the lemonade!

I loved the drinks I tried, but I want to hear from y’all – what refreshing drinks do you like in the summer, or any time of the year?

And for more ideas, check out our collection of drink recipes  and how to drink to your health.