Summer is in full swing and mercury has indeed began rising. The air seems thicker than usual and everyone seems to be moving slower. Us city folk especially feel this temperature change each time we head down into the underworld of the subway system and take those long walks to get to our destination. If you just moved to the area, don’t worry, we promise you’ll get used to it! We’re not saying you’ll like it, but use to it you will. For one, you’ll need to learn how to cool down and what better way to do that than with a refreshing drink that will rehydrate your parched, city-beaten body. Here are five drinks to help lower your internal temperature and restore some of those electrolytes you lost trying to navigate the maze that’s New York City:
Keep some sliced watermelon in your fridge. When you get home, throw some of those bad boys into the blender with a bit of water—for a less viscous drink, add more water—and liquefy. You can do this with cantaloupe or honeydew melon as well. For a more complex flavor, add a few drops of rosewater or a few sprigs of fresh mint when blending.
Homemade iced tea
Nothing says summer like a pitcher of iced tea in the fridge. Brew some of your favorite tea. If you like your tea sweet, add sugar to your liking while the tea is hot. Let the tea cool down, drop in some lemon slices and chill in the fridge.
Lemonade with chia seeds
Lemonade and nostalgia seem to go hand in hand. Either we sold the summer drink to our neighbors at a makeshift stand or had an adult hand us a glass after a day of playing outside. Somehow, this thirst-quencher evokes a feeling of Americana in the summertime. Recreate this fabulously refreshing beverage with sugar (we prefer simple syrup for better mixing) water and lemon juice. To boost its nutritional value and hydration, throw in some chia seeds. These little buggers are not only rich in omega-3s but are also super hydrating. It’s lemonade for the 21st century!
Cucumber, mint and lemon infused water
If you’ve been to a spa you know what a tasty delight this drink is. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat that’s sure to increase your water intake. Additionally this drink contains ingredients that aid in digestion, hydration and detoxification (you know for all the junk you’ve been putting in your body in a rush). Wash the lemons, cucumbers and mint. Slice the cucumbers and lemons—if you’re worried about pesticides or any type of coating, remove the skin. Combine ingredients—you can leave the mint as whole sprigs or just use the leaves—in a glass pitcher, pour on water and store in the fridge to infuse and chill.
Pineapple coconut water
Bring the beach to your home with these characteristically tropical flavors. Juice fresh pineapple and mix with some coconut water—look for brands that don’t have any preservatives or added ingredients—and add honey for extra sweetness if you like. Leave this concussion in the fridge to have as a nice anytime of the day cool-down beverage.