As we enter the biggest and hottest stretch of southern summer, hydration is more important than ever. Drinking your water and getting it through fruits and vegetables is vital, but it can also get a bit… monotonous, understandably. Sometimes you want to add a bit of flavor to your life!

Rather than reaching for something artificially sweetened or a dehydrating alcoholic beverage, consider enhancing your water with one of these tempting recipes.

  1. Strawberry mint
    Cooling mint combined with antioxidant rich strawberry combine to make a powerful beverage! Simply muddle the mint, slice up the strawberries and let them mix in a pitcher. Pour yourself a glass and enjoy!
  2. Cucumber and lemongrass
    Still looking for more cooling ingredients? You’ve come to the right place. Cucumber helps with heartburn, reduces eye puffiness, and hydrates you while lemongrass relieves anxiety, lowers cholesterol, and boosts oral health. Cheers!
  3. Lemon mango
    Now here’s some citrus flavor! Mango packs in the vitamin A and improves immunity and digestion, while lemon is an excellent source of potassium and can help freshen your breathe and shed excess weight. Yum!
  4. Pomegranate and kiwiHow about that for an unexpected tropical flavor combo? These two might be a little expensive but they’re worth it. Pomegranate is filled with antioxidants that reduce free radicals and cholesterol. Kiwi is packed with Vitamin C, E, potassium, and folic acid and it can help build your immunity to keep you going strong.
  5. Pineapple orange
    Pineapple and orange are both great for fighting off a cold as they’re filled with Vitamins A and C, so turn to this one if you feel a summer bug coming on. This tropical drink is great for parties too!
  6. Apple ginger
    Apples reduce your chances of developing diabetes, they boost your immune system, and prevent gall stones. Ginger aids with digestion, fights colds, alleviates constipation and increases energy. An apple ginger water is the perfect drink for nighttime after a long, hot day or for anyone dealing with stomach issues this summer.