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a glass of cucumber mint infusion

Warm weather brings the urge to sip on something cool. And what better way to stay refreshed in the hot sun than with a drink that screams summer? These five options provide a choice no matter what type of beverage you’re craving.

a water bottle filled with lemons, limes, ginger, cucumbers and greens

Good Gut Water

Makes two liters

Ingredients:

  • 2 liters water (about 8½ cups)
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated gingerroot
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir.
  2. Cover and refrigerate.

Source: “Good Gut Water” (Experience Life, 2016)

Two glasses and a pitcher of a mango berry smoothie, with slices of mango on the side.

Mango-Berry Smoothie

Makes one serving

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together and enjoy.

Source: “Mango-Berry Smoothie

a glass of cucumber mint infusion

Cucumber-Mint Infusion

Makes eight servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 English cucumber, shaved lengthwise into long strips (use a mandoline or a vegetable peeler)
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 tsp. sugar or a splash of fruit juice
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint (reserve tops for a garnish)
  • Crushed ice
  • 32 oz. carbonated water
  • Gin or vodka (optional)

Supplies: 8 bamboo skewers

Directions:

  1. Weave the cucumber strips onto the bamboo skewers, and reserve as garnishes.
  2. Stir the water and sugar together in a pitcher, then add the remaining cucumber strips and the lower mint leaves.
  3. Allow the cucumber-mint water to infuse for at least an hour before serving.
  4. Strain the liquid and pour over crushed ice; fill halfway. Add alcohol if desired. Then top off with the carbonated water.
  5. Serve in a Highball glass and garnish with a cucumber skewer and a mint sprig.

Source: “Cucumber-Mint Infusion” (Experience Life, 2014)

Two glasses of cold brew coffee over ice with a side, small pitcher of coconut milk.

Super Cold Brew

Makes one serving

Ingredients:

For the cold brew:

  • 1 cup coarsely ground coffee
  • 4 cups water (not heated)
  • French press or 1½ quart jar and cheesecloth

To make it “super:”

Directions:

  1. Mix the coffee grounds and water in the French press or jar and stir. Cover and allow to sit overnight, or for at least eight hours.
  2. Strain the coffee using the French press. If you’re using a jar, place the cheesecloth over another jar and slowly pour the mixture into it, allowing the cheesecloth to capture the coffee grounds.
  3. To make it “super:” Place the cold brew and protein powder in a blender and blend until well mixed. Add the coconut milk and ice. Refrigerate any leftover cold brew in a sealed container for up to a week.

Source: “Super Cold Brew

a tall glass of iced tea with a wedge of lemon

Afternoon Darjeeling Iced Tea

Makes one serving

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. water
  • 1½ tbs. agave nectar or preferred liquid sweetener (optional)
  • 3½ tsp. Darjeeling tea (option: a quality Darjeeling blend)
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Heat water to a full boil, then pour into a small pitcher.
  2. Add liquid sweetener, if desired, and stir to dissolve. Place loose tea in a pitcher and steep for four minutes.
  3. Fill a large jar with ice, then strain the hot tea over ice and stir quickly to chill.
  4. Pour chilled tea into glasses with more ice and serve.

Source: “Afternoon Darjeeling Iced Tea” (Experience Life, 2022)

Molly Schelper
Molly Schelper

Molly Schelper is the director of content strategy at Life Time.

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