UPDATED June 2nd, 2018
When you step outside into the warm and humid summer weather, do you suddenly feel totally parched and you crave something ice-cold? These moments call for your absolute best lemonade recipe.
You’re not alone. It’s normal to get thirsty as things heat up outside, especially if you are spending a lot of time outdoors in the sun or if you are active. Dr. Arthur Agatston, MD and creator of the South Beach Diet, advises his patients “staying properly hydrated is one of the simplest yet most effective measures they can take to protect their hearts.” And while a nice frosty beer, a frozen cocktail or an iced coffee might sound appealing, they won’t do you any favors in the hydration department. Caffeine and alcohol can actually dehydrate you, even though you are consuming fluids.
It’s no secret that water is always the best solution to cure a case of dehydration, but let’s be honest—sometimes you crave something a bit more refreshing and with a bit more flavor to quench your thirst. And good news: lemonade is not just for kids anymore. There are tons of ways to whip up a refreshing and very grown-up drink; just remember, when life gives you warm summer weather (and some lemons), make lemonade. Here are 8 lemonade recipe ideas to try this season.