Stay Hydrated with These Refreshing Mocktails
Nothing like a touch of heat stroke to ruin that beach bod you worked so hard for! Excessive heat exposure will lead to dehydration and if ignored can turn into potentially dangerous conditions like heat cramps and heat exhaustion… no fun in the sun. We’re talking about heat exposure, not sun exposure. You don’t have to be oiled up and lounging in the blazing sun to get dehydrated. Sun or shade, if it’s hot outside your body is rapidly losing water and key minerals that need to be replenished.
Buzzkill: you can’t replenish those minerals with a frosty beer and a sad scraggly lime wedge. (We were disappointed too.)
During the summer months most people spend a lot of time outdoors and in the water. You may feel cool and comfortable while playing a few rounds of volleyball in the pool, but you’re just as susceptible to dehydration and heat exhaustion as if you were taking a midday run. This is especially true when you’re enjoying a few adult beverages while you float in the water.
While nothing can replace the hydration benefits of consistent water intake, we hope these fun mocktails will provide you with a little variety while you try to beat the heat this summer. Your liver and your skin will thank you!
5 Refreshing Mocktails to Help You Hydrate
- Virgin Watermelon Margarita
Watermelons are 94% water! On top of the hydration power of H2O itself, watermelon also provides a small amount of magnesium which encourages your body to hold onto the heavy dose of potassium in each sip of this juicy beverage. Potassium is an electrolyte. This is the same mineral used in IV fluids to help with muscle function and to prevent weakness and fatigue — symptoms of dehydration. We think this Virgin Watermelon Margarita is way more fun than an IV bag.
- 1 medium seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- 4 tsp agave
- ⅓ cup sparkling water
Directions: Puree watermelon, lime juice, and agave. Pour into cups and top with sparkling water.
- Lavender Lemonade
This is the best lazy-afternoon-with-good-book porch-sipping beverage. While drinking a cup of straight lemon juice will have a diuretic effect (not great for the pool), drinking lemon juice diluted with water will restore your body’s electrolyte balance if you’re dehydrated. The abundance of minerals in honey also assist with this process for a double-punch.
- 6 cups water
- ½ cup honey
- ⅓ cup dried lavender
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
Directions: Bring water and honey to a boil over medium-high heat. Crush lavender, add it to the pot, then remove it from the heat. Cover, refrigerate, and steep for 2 hours. Strain liquid through a mesh sieve. Stir in lemon juice and serve over ice.
- Coconut, Cucumber, Lime, and Mint Cooler
Coconut water is one of the best natural remedies for dehydration with its abundance of electrolytes, minerals, and water. Combine coconut water with the hydrating power of cucumber, and the balancing effects of lime and mint and you’ve got a refreshing summertime pick-me-up.
- 4 cups of Coconut water
- 2 Thinly sliced cucumbers
- ½ cup lime juice
- ¼ cup of sugar
- ¼ cup of chopped mint leaves
Directions: Combine coconut water, cucumbers, lime juice, sugar and mint leaves. Let chill for 1 to 2 hours.
- Virgin Paloma
A classic, minus the aftereffects of tequila. Like lemon juice, lime juice also helps balance your electrolyte levels and grapefruits contain an abundance of minerals such as potassium to help you combat side effects from dehydration like headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and dry mouth. Bookend this beverage with two tall glasses of ice water and you’ve got a winner.
- 1.5 oz lime juice
- 1 oz grapefruit juice
- 1 oz agave syrup
- ¼ cup of sugar
- Pinch of sea salt
Directions: Combine in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain in a glass over ice. Top generously with club soda.
- Cantaloupe Cooler
While you may think of cantaloupe as the go-to picnic fruit that everyone brings and no one eats, this icy cocktail puts those sweet satisfying flavors to work. The high water content in cantaloupe helps ward off dehydration. It contains vitamins A and C which are both fantastic for your skin: vitamin C assists your body in the production of collagen! A face lift in a glass! (Also the alternate name of this mocktail.) Plus, our good friends lime and mint will help you balance your electrolytes. Another added benefit: this virgin adult smoothie tastes incredible and will satisfy your sweet tooth without added sugars. Win, win, win.
- 1 ripe cantaloupe
- ½ cup fresh orange juice
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
- ¼ cup of chopped mint leaves
- 2 cups ice
Directions: Slice the cantaloupe in half. Remove the seeds and discard. Scoop the cantaloupe flesh from the skin. Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth. Pour and serve.
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