Written by Andreea-Marilena Dudas, Creative Director and Founder of Maison Coucou
The Magic of My Homemade Summer Drinks
If you’re anything like my mother and me, Homemade Summer Drinks are your next obsession for the summer season! Accentuating your natural beauty isn’t just a job for your makeup drawer anymore.
1. Cranberry Lemonade
This cranberry water is a simple and perfect balance of tart and sweet. It's easy to make, beautiful to look at, and a delicious way to bring the amazing properties of cranberries into your day.
4 cups of water
1 cup fresh cranberries
3 tablespoons lime/ lemon juice
2 tablespoons raw honey
Blend the water and cranberries together until well combined. Strain the resulting cranberry lemonade through a sieve or nut milk bag and into a medium-sized bowl.
Whisk the lime juice and raw honey into the cranberry water until the raw honey has completely dissolved. Serve and enjoy.
Frozen cranberries may be used in place of fresh cranberries. Simply thay them beforehand and use 1/2 cup of thawed frozen cranberries in place of the fresh ones.
2. Watermelon Slushy
This Slushy is a cold and delicious way to start your morning off right. Friends and family members alike will delight in it, too. Freeze some watermelon the night before so that you're ready to go first thing, or cut some up and leave it in the freezer for at least 2 hours beforehand.
2 cups fresh watermelon cubes
2 cups frozen watermelon cubes
1 lime/ lemon juiced
Blend the fresh and frozen watermelon together with the lime juice until smooth. Serve and enjoy!
Adjust the iciness of the slushy by substituting more fresh watermelon in place of frozen if you desire a less frosty beverage.
3. Hibiscus Lemonade
This Hibiscus lemonade is just as gorgeous as it is delicious. It's the perfect show-stopping beverage for your next gathering, and it's also simple enough to enjoy anytime. Try freezing it into ice cubes and keeping them on hand to make a beautiful hibiscus-infused water on demand.
4 cups water, divided
2 teaspoons dried hibiscus
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons raw honey
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan Remove the water from the heat and add the dried hibiscus. Allow the resulting hibiscus tea to steep for at least 10 minutes, and then strain the tea into a mug and place it in the fridge to cool.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining 3 cups of water with the lemon juice and honey until the honey has completely dissolved and a smooth lemonade has formed.
When the hibiscus teas has cooled, stir it into the lemonade base and enjoy.
Store-bought tea bags can be used as well when loose dried hibiscus is not available. Use 1 hibiscus tea bag in place of 1 teaspoon of dried hibiscus.
Alternatively, maple syrup can be used in place of honey. Start by using 3 tablespoons of maple syrup and adjust until the desired sweetness is reached.
The recipe above is for a beautiful, light lemonade that anyone can enjoy If you're looking for even more medicinal benefits, try using up to 2 more tablespoons of dried hibiscus for a stronger hibiscus lemonade with a powerfully tart flavor.
4. Lemon / Lime Water
While it sounds simple, don't overlook lemon or lime water as a powerful part of your daily routine. This easy hydration source takes only a moment to prepare, is extremely beneficial for everyone, and brings your water to life!
1/2 lemon or 2 limes, freshly cut
2 cups water
Squeeze the juice from the freshly cut lemon or limes into the water, straining seeds if necessary.
If you prefer 4 cups of lemon or lime water upon rising, that's a great way to give yourself extra hydration and cleansing support. Simply double the recipe and enjoy.
5. Lemon, Ginger and Honey Juice
This Lemon, Ginger and Honey Juice is refreshing and hydrating. It's the perfect drink to begin your day, enjoy as an afternoon pick-me-up, or sip over the course of the day. When you drink this healing tonic upon waking, it will help your liver flush out toxins it's collected for release throughout the night while giving your liver and body the critical hydration and glucose it needs to begin your day.
5 cm fresh ginger
2 cups wate
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon raw honey
Grate the ginger into 2 cups of water. Allow the water to steep for at least 15 minutes and ideally longer. You can even leave it steeping in the fridge overnight if you wish. When you're ready to drink it, strain the ginger out of the water, add the lemon juice and raw honey, and stir well.
As an alternative to grating the ginger, try chopping it into a few small pieces and squeezing them in a garlic press - it will act like a mini juicer Be sure to take out the "pulp" from the press afterward, chop it finely, and add it to the water to steep. As instructed above, strain before drinking.
It can be helpful to prepare a big batch of ginger water in advance to sip as desired. For best results, add the raw honey and lemon just prior to consuming.
It's important to use raw honey for this recipe. You won't receive the same healing benefits from heated, processed honey.