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Fresh natural drinks for everybody

At home we can prepare delicious soft, fresh and thirst-quenching natural drinks rich in active ingredients and useful to fight hot temperatures and dehydration.

It is known that sodas aren’t beneficial for our health, are too high in sugar or (light) synthetic sweeteners as well as in additives including acidifiers, aromas, food colourings and so on. But there are a number of easy and delicious recipes to prepare fresh and remineralising natural drinks that will amaze and delight friends and relatives. Here are a few examples; the recommended ingredient amounts are for 1 glass.

Ginger fizz with mint

Peel and grate a piece of fresh ginger, squeeze the juice from it with your hands. Pour 1 teaspoonful of ginger juice in a drink glass, add 1 teaspoonful of whole brown sugar, 1 spoonful of minced fresh mint and 1 glass of sparkling water. Mix and serve with ice cubes and sprigs of mint.

drink ginger
Ginger is an excellent ingredient for preparing drinks because it has many beneficial properties.

Greek yogurt

Peel 1 cucumber and extract about 100 ml of juice from it. Pour it in a glass and add 1 pot of natural plain yogurt, 2 pinches of whole sea salt and 1 teaspoonful of finely minced dill (or parsley). Mix, add crushed ice and serve it.

 

drink cucumber
The recommended dosis for one glass of this drink is 1 cucumber 1 pot of plain yogurt, 2 pinches of salt and 1 teaspoonful of finely minced dill.

Green tea with lemon and honey

Infuse a teaspoonful of green tea in a lidded cup full of boiling water for 3 minutes. Add 1 teaspoonful of acacia honey and a few slices of lemon, cover and let it cool. Filter and keep it into the fridge. Garnish with a slice of lemon and serve.

green tea drink
Green tea with lemon and honey

Spicy tomato juice

Blend 100 ml of tomato purée with finely minced fresh hot chili pepper, 1 teaspoonful of lemon juice and 1 pinch of whole sea salt. Add iced water, mix, garnish with yellow or green pepper slices and serve.

tomato juice drink
Spicy tomato juice.

Watermelon juice with chocolate

Remove the seeds from a red and sweet watermelon slice, blend the pulp and pour the so-obtained juice into a glass. Add 1 spoonful of dark cjhocolate chips, 2 spoonful of crushed ice and you can add to your taste a teaspoonful of sugar. Mix and garnish with a lemon slice before serving.

watermelon drink
Watermelon juice with dark chocolate

Apricot juice with cinnamon

Blend 3 ripe apricots in a food processor with 1 small glass of fresh whole milk (you can replace it with rice or almond milk) and acacia honey to your taste. Pour this mixture in a glass, sprinkle with powdered cinnamon and serve.

apricot juice
Apricot juice with cinnamon.

Almond milk with honey

Grind 100 g of peeled almonds in an electric coffee grinder, add 2 or 3 spoonful of acacia honey until the mixture is firm. For every serving, blend 1 to 2 teaspoonful of almond paste with 1 cup of iced water. The remaining paste can be preserved into the fridge in a watertight container for more than a month.

almond milk drink
Almond milk with honey

 

By Francesca Marotta

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