Mug of pomegranate fizz with lime slice

Re-hydrate with Easy, Lower-Sugar, Classic Summer Drinks

Water is the best of the summer drinks for re-hydrating.  Sometimes, though, it just doesn’t hit the spot.

Cool Summer Drinks

When it’s hot and humid, and you’re working in the sun, you may want a little more than plain water.  Here are some of our family favorites that will quench your thirst.  An added bonus: they are easy to make, and they have a lot less sugar than store-bought choices.

Your Summer Drinks File: Sweet Tea

Light & Sweet Iced Tea
Prep Time
20 mins
Servings: 8
Author: A. JoAnn
  • 3-4 tea bags
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 8 cups water
  1. Heat 8 cups of water to boiling in a saucepan.

    Turn off the heat and put 3-4 tea bags in the pot.

     Allow to steep for 15 minutes.

  2. Remove tea bags and discard. Stir in juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/3 cup sugar.

  3. Cool in the pot, then pour into a pitcher and refrigerate.

    Serve over ice.

Recipe Notes

36 calories per cup, 8 g. total sugars

Your Summer Drinks File: Lemonade

Lemony Lemonade
Prep Time
15 mins
Course: Drinks
Servings: 6
Author: A. JoAnn
  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  1. Juice the lemons and put the juice into a half gallon pitcher.

    Add 1/3 cup sugar and 6 cups (1 1/2 quarts) water.

    Stir to dissolve sugar.

  2. Refrigerate.

    Serve over ice.

Recipe Notes

49 calories per cup, 11 g. added sugar, 12 g. total sugars

Your Summer Drinks File: Pomegranate Passion Fizz


Pomegranate Passion Fizz
Prep Time
5 mins
Course: Drinks
Servings: 2
Author: A. JoAnn
  • 2 passion fruit & hibiscus tea bags
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup 100% pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup seltzer
  1. Brew 2 cups boiling water and 2 passion fruit and hibiscus tea bags in a teapot.  Steep 15 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags.

  2. Allow tea to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate.
  3. When ready to serve, add ice to to two large glasses. Pour 1 c. cold tea into each glass.  Add 1/3 c. pomegranate juice and 1/4. c. seltzer to each mug.

  4. Garnish with fruit slices, cherries, etc, if desired. Serve.

Recipe Notes

55 calories, no added sugars, 12 g. total sugars



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2 comments on “Re-hydrate with Easy, Lower-Sugar, Classic Summer Drinks”
  1. A. JoAnn says:

    Yes, and all those antioxidants ?

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Pomegranate passion fizz sounds good and thirst quenching to me!

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