Essential Summer Hydration

Essential Summer Hydration

Summer is finally here & it’s cause for celebration. No matter what your plans are this summer, there’s one way to make them better, by having an icy drink in hand. This week on the Blank Slate blog we’re bringing you 3 icy beverages that are sure to keep you feeling chill. 


First up is one of my go-to summer drinks, Superfood Iced Latte. I’m very adamant about making my own plant-based milk blends at home to cut down on waste and unnecessary additives. The Superfood Mylk recipe is cheap, easy, and tastes better than most plant milks you can find on the shelf. Pair it with some cold brew coffee for the ultimate start to your day. 


Next, we’re serving up a Pineapple Limeade. Staying hydrated in the heat means getting some electrolytes in. Electrolytes, like magnesium, potassium, and sodium, help maintain fluids in the body. If you’re downing water and still feel dehydrated, try adding a little salt to your water. Pair electrolytes with vitamin c, from citrus fruits, and you’ve got yourself the perfect beach companion. 


To top it all off, our final recipe today is a Honey Ginger Iced Green Tea. On hot summer afternoons, if I can’t get a nap in, a little caffeine boost is almost always necessary. Since green tea is so low in caffeine, I like to make sure my iced tea packs the same punch as a hot cup. The key is to make green tea ice cubes. Brew your batch of tea in the morning. Let half of the pot chill and pour the other half into ice cube trays. By the time that afternoon slump hits, you’ve got a refreshing beverage ready to go. 


 

Superfood Iced Latte


Makes: 4 servings 

Takes: 15 minutes (plus 1 hour to chill)


Ingredients:

  • 1 ⅔ cups cold brew concentrate *

* Serving size for cold brew concentrate varies. Around 100 ml per serving is suggested but you might want to adjust the amount slightly depending on the product. 


Superfood Mylk:

  • ½ cup cashew butter

  • 2 tbsp tocos

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 tsp mesquite

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 4 cups filtered water


Directions:

  1. Combine cashew butter, tocos, maple syrup, mesquite, and cinnamon in a blender with one cup of water. Blend until smooth. 

  2. Add in the rest of the water and blend again until smooth. Strain the blend then let chill for at least an hour. 

  3. Add 2-4 ice cubes to a 16 oz glass. 

  4. Add 100 ml of cold brew concentrate to the glass.

  5. Top with one cup superfood mylk and stir.


 

Pineapple Limeade 


Makes: 4 servings 

Takes: 15 minutes


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pineapple juice

  • ½ cup orange juice

  • 2 limes, juiced

  • 1 tbsp agave

  • Pinch of pink salt

  • 2 cups sparkling water


Optional:

  • 3 oz tequila 

  • ½ tsp tajin

  • Lime wedges for serving


Directions:

  1. Mix together pineapple, orange, and lime juices. 

  2. Stir in agave until it is thoroughly combined. 

  3. Stir in pink salt and tajin, if you’re using it. 

  4. Fill two highball glasses ⅓ of the way with ice. 

  5. Add 3.5 oz of the juice mix. 

  6. Top with sparkling water, and tequila if you’re adding it.

  7. Stir gently and serve garnished with a lime wedge.


 

Honey Ginger Iced Green Tea


Makes: 4 servings 

Takes: 15 minutes (plus 3-4 hours to chill)


Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water

  • 4 tsp loose green tea, or 4 green tea teabags

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • ½ oz cold-pressed ginger juice

  • ½ oz lemon juice


Directions:

  1. Bring water to a near-boil (around 75-85 degrees celsius).

  2. Steep tea for around 4 minutes. Over-steeping tea will give it an astringent taste. 

  3. Fill up a standard 10-ice cube tray with warm green tea. Let freeze, about 3-4 hours.

  4. Mix the honey into the remainder of the green tea. Let chill in the fridge until ice cubes are ready. 

  5. Fill a 1L mason jar with the green tea ice cubes. Pour chilled iced green tea over top. 

  6. Top with ginger and lemon juices and give it a stir.


 

Whether you’re spending the day by the beach, in the park, or just at home enjoying the AC, these drink recipes make the perfect addition to any relaxing afternoon. Make a small batch to enjoy by yourself, or scale up these recipes for your next picnic or bbq. If you have any questions, we’re always here to help & if you try any out, let us know what you think. As our days get warmer and longer, here’s to our drinks getting colder and fruiter. 

  • Dani

Danielle Wiens, C.N.P

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