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Refreshing Summer Beverage Recipes To Entertain Your Guests

I don’t know about you, but I already miss the cold weather. We’ve already had a few 90-plus-degree days here in Charlotte, NC, and we haven’t even reached the first official day of summer yet!

Summer is a great time to entertain guests. Between pool parties and barbeques, there are plenty of opportunities for family and friends to get together and enjoy each others company – even in 90-degree weather. (Hey, we might as well make the best of it, right?)

I already have a few get-togethers planned for next month, and I’m excited to serve up some of my favorite delicious healthy recipes. As a Charlotte Chiropractor, it’s so much fun to see the look on people’s faces when they try something new that I made and realize that, yes, it does taste good, and yes, it is good for you. Imagine that… 🙂

Here are a couple of my favorite summer beverage recipes. Feel free to make these yourself and let me know how they turn out in the comments below this post!

Lavender Lemonade

Add this to your list of non-alcoholic summer cocktails! It might be hotter than Hades outside, but you know what they say… when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. This particular variation of our favorite classic thirst-quenching beverage is sweetened with stevia instead of sugar, so it’s much healthier for you. And did we mention that lavender and lemon are both natural detoxifiers?

3/8 tsp stevia **Can add more to sweeten
3 tbsp dried Lavender
2 cups freshly squeezed organic lemons
6 cups purified/filtered water
1 lemon to garnish

Combine all ingredients and serve over ice.

(Serves: 6)

Hint: Substitute a few drops of lavender essential oil for the dried lavender plant, and add extra zest with a drop or two lemon essential oil. Both have detoxifying properties! I use doTerra oils, which are safe to ingest.

Lemon Basil Vodka Press

I’m not a big fan of sugary cocktails. I love this recipe because it’s not too sweet, and the combination of basil and lemon gives it an incredibly refreshing quality. Try it out and let me know what you think!

6 fresh basil leaves muddled
1/4 cups freshly squeezed organic lemon juice
1/8 tsp stevia
1.5 oz. vodka
1 12-oz. can club soda

Combine all ingredients over ice. Shake and strain liquid into a martini glass to serve.

(Serves: 1)

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