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 Time20 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: A. JoAnn


  • 3-4 tea bags
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • cup sugar
  • 8 cups water


  • 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.
  • Remove tea bags and discard. Stir in juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/3 cup sugar.
  • Cool in the pot, then pour into a pitcher and refrigerate.
    Serve over ice.


36 calories per cup, 8 g. total sugars

Your Summer Drinks File: Lemonade

Lemony Lemonade

Prep Time15 minutes
Course: Drinks
Servings: 6
Author: A. JoAnn


  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • 6 cups water
  • cup sugar


  • 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.
  • Refrigerate.
    Serve over ice.


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

Your Summer Drinks File: Pomegranate Passion Fizz


Pomegranate Passion Fizz

Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Servings: 2
Author: A. JoAnn


  • 2 passion fruit & hibiscus tea bags
  • 2 cups water
  • cup 100% pomegranate juice
  • ½ cup seltzer


  • Brew 2 cups boiling water and 2 passion fruit and hibiscus tea bags in a teapot.  Steep 15 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags.
  • Allow tea to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate.
  • 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.
  • Garnish with fruit slices, cherries, etc, if desired. Serve.


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



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Author: A. JoAnn

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2 thoughts

  1. Pomegranate passion fizz sounds good and thirst quenching to me!

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