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Last week I highlighted the perils of Starbucks Refreshers. It was a dark time…

until I did some Pinterest scrounging and discovered that there really are numerous alternatives to the processed, chilled drinks we’ve become so addicted to.

I’m willing to bet the ingredients cost less than your average Starbucks purchase, too.

Here are some of my favourite, mostly healthy finds:

#1. Roasted peach lemonade from the naptimechef

The only issue I foresee with this drink is the sugar content. The recipe calls for 4 cups of fresh lemonade. If you make your lemonade with tons of sugar, then you may be in for a very syrupy final product. But if you like to let your lemons steal the show and don’t overpower your lemonade, this on the rocks = August bliss.

Roasted Peach Lemonade

#2. Aloha milkshake from thissillygirlslife

I take your frappe and raise you one of these. The presentation is beautiful and it doesn’t get more summery than toasted coconut. 

Aloha Milkshake

#3. Raspberry citrus green tea cooler from lemontreedwelling

This drink is the most like a “refresher” – light, subtly flavoured, with caffeine content completely in your hands.

Raspberry Citrus Green Tea Cooler - a light, refreshing drink that's perfect for summer!

#4. Chai tahini smoothie from cleaneatingrecipebox

My chai cravings are usually stronger than my chocolate cravings and that’s saying something. I’m about to go make my own to see how this compares to store-bought varieties.

Honestly, my list could go on and on. If you don’t want to get fussy with summer beverages, simply throw some mint and fruit of your choice into a glass with crushed ice. Pour some water in that baby and you’re good to go. We take pitchers and fill them with lots of colour – raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, oranges – and serve water the fun way at parties. Everyone thinks the pitchers look breathtaking and can’t resist staying hydrated.

So be inspired! Go forth and play barrista!

 

 

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