3 Refreshing Drinks for When Temps Rise

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There’s nothing better than a refreshing drink on a hot summer day. In the 3 drink ideas below, we use seasonal garnishes and hydrating ingredients to bring a little extra summer flare to our Freshly meals.

CUCUMBER-LIME HYDRATION BOOST
It’s hot out there! Are you staying hydrated? This mocktail has no sugar but still feels like a special treat at the end of a long day. With the added cucumber and lime juice, it’s extra refreshing when you’re busy sweating out all those electrolytes.

To make it: For every part sparkling water or plain seltzer (go with flavored if that’s your thing!), add the juice of 1 lime and slices of cucumber to your preference.

Nutritionist Brooke’s Pro Tip:
Don’t forget to eat the cucumber slices for some extra fiber and potassium.

This drink goes great with our Shrimp and Andouille Paella.

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STRAWBERRY-BASIL LEMONADE
There is nothing quite like fresh lemonade in summertime. We prefer it a little tart with limited sweetener, but it’s really adaptable depending on your tastes. Since basil is in the mint family, it brings a bright, fragrant element that goes perfectly with fresh strawberries.

What you’ll need:
-6 cups of water
-Juice from 4 fresh lemons
-1/2 pound strawberries, sliced
-Fresh basil leaves, whole and shredded
-1/2 cup honey or your favorite alternative sweetener to taste

In our version, we made the lemonade by mixing warm water, lemon juice, and honey (it’s best to mix when it’s warm so the honey is incorporated), and then added in the sliced strawberries before chilling the mixture in the fridge. When ready to serve, pour over ice and top with strawberries and basil as garnish. The good thing about this recipe is it’s easy to customize. Want more sweet strawberry flavor? Mix your lemonade with puréed strawberries.

This drinks goes great with our Pesto Chicken with Zucchini Noodles, launching the first week of August.

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SOUTHERN-STYLE SWEET TEA
We know the Southern classic calls for refined sugar, but we figured we’d tweak it a bit so it’s as all-natural as our Freshly meals. 

How to make it:
1. Bring 4 cups of water to a light boil.
2. Add 6 black tea bags to your water, cover, and remove from direct heat. Allow the tea to steep for about 15 minutes. (If you’d like it stronger, you can even leave the tea bags in while cooling in the fridge.)
3. While your water is still warm post-steeping, add in 1/2 cup of honey (raw ideally) and stir until incorporated.
4. Pour your mixture into a pitcher and add 4 cups cold water. Chill at least 4 hours (overnight is even better).
5. Serve over ice. Add a little mint, fresh lemon slices, or fresh fruit as garnish (we used blackberries).

This drink goes great with our BBQ Pulled Pork.

You’re gonna need some meals to go with those drinks. Head over to Freshly.com and check out what’s on the menu this week.