Our Favorite Refreshing Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Summer

We did it! After a hard winter across the country, we made it to May, with it’s sunshine, light breezes, and cloudless skies. As the mercury rises, you may be tempted to reach for a drink to help cool down. That’s where C-CAP comes in; we’ve rounded up some of the most refreshing drinks the internet has to offer. The best thing about them? They have no alcohol whatsoever and can be enjoyed by everyone!

 

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Strawberry Pineapple Soda
Wondering what to do with your glut of strawberries from the farmer’s market? Before you get out your tired strawberry rhubarb pie recipe, try this delicious, simple soda instead!

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Kumquat and Pink Pepper Spritzer
We’re willing to bet most people don’t often cook or bake with kumquats, so this spritzer is an especially delightful treat. When picking kumquats at the market, look for ones that are firm, plump, and brightly colored.

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Maple-Ginger Cider Switchel
Want a sports drink without all the added sugars? Try switchel, “nature’s Gatorade!” There’s a debate about whether this gut-friendly drink originated in the Caribbean or New England, but by the 19th century it had become a favorite of US farmers at harvest time. Whip up a batch of this sweet and spicy switchel to help you cool down after your next workout.

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Blackberry Mint Iced Tea
Infused waters are all the rage right now, but why not up the flavor with a thirst-quenching infused ice tea? You can even leave out the sugar and let the blackberries do the sweetening.

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Emerald Palmer
Brought to you by C-CAP Los Angeles supporter, Chef Susan Feniger, this take on the classic Arnold Palmer uses matcha instead of black tea for an added antioxidant boost.

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Peach Iced Coffee
For those of us who can’t get through the morning without our daily dose of joe, iced coffee has been the answer to our warm-weather prayers. But instead of reaching for boring old granulated sugar, add some exotic sweeteners to your morning cuppa for all-day energy with a twist.

 

By C-CAP Guest Blogger Carla Seet, Operations Manager

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