Hydrating + Refreshing Summer Drink Recipes

It’s been warming up so much lately, and with the sun comes all things summery – including hydration! I’ve been working on my tan every day now that the sun is out, and I’m slowly inching closer to my goal of being brown by the end of summer (it’s gonna happen!). As I’ve been laying out in the sun and spending lots of time doing things outside, drinking a good amount of water has been super important for staying hydrated and healthy throughout the day.

I’m not gonna lie, drinking water by itself isn’t the most delicious or fun thing ever. So lately, I’ve experimented with adding natural flavors and fruits to my water and can I just say, YUM! It makes drinking water sooo much easier when you add just a couple of natural ingredients. By using these water recipes below, I’ve been drinking 3-4 24oz Yetis of water a day – which is 72-96 oz of water! That’s pretty crazy, especially since I’m not forcing it down my throat.

I hope that these yummy water recipes inspire you to get your hydration on and get your tan on!

Some tips + suggestions for the water recipes

  • Sparkling water makes it 100% better. Plain water is completely fine, but if you have sparkling water on hand, I would definitely opt for using it as it makes the drinks extra yummy!
  • Stevia is the perfect natural sweetener. I use this for ALL of my drinks including my whipped matcha and coffee, and I really love its natural and zero calorie benefits as well!
  • Feel free to add ACV to any of the drink recipes! Apple cider vinegar is amazing for your health and has benefits including alkalizing, detoxing, weight loss, and healthy skin. It also surprisingly adds a lemonade taste when added. The taste may be strong if you’re not used to it, so start by adding a teaspoon or two and then increase as you like.
  • These water flavor recipes are made for a 24oz cup – adjust as you like! I like to use a big 24oz YETI cup or glass mason jar for all of my water recipes as it holds a ton more and gets me to drink more water. Feel free to adjust the recipes and water amounts as you like!

Grapefruit & Ginger

This has been my go-to lately! Its just so fresh, sweet, and slightly spicy.

  • 1/2 to a whole juiced ripe grapefruit
  • 1 tbs fresh peeled and chopped ginger or 1/2 tsp of ground ginger
  • Stevia (as much as desired)
  • Water or sparkling water
  • Ice if desired

Add all ingredients into a 24oz cup and mix thoroughly. Add a straw and enjoy!

Cucumber & Lemon

The ultimate refresher that’s wonderful for healthy skin and hydration!

  • 1/4 cucumber peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 juiced lemon + 1/2 sliced lemon
  • 2 drops *Young Living lemon essential oil
  • Stevia (as desired)
  • Water or sparkling water
  • Ice if desired

Add all ingredients to a 24oz cup and mix thoroughly. Add a straw and enjoy!

ACV detox drink

I got this amazing recipe from the lovely Chloe @ Short & Sweet.

  • 1-2 tbs ACV (I like the Bragg brand)
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger or cinnamon
  • 2 drops *Young Living Lemon or Orange EO
  • Stevia as desired
  • Water or sparkling water
  • Ice if desired

Add all ingredients to a 24oz cup and mix thoroughly. Add a straw and enjoy!

Sparkling berry

What’s better than fresh, juicy berries in sparkling water for a refreshing drink and snack?

  • 1/2 cup fresh mixed berries
  • 1/4 cup puréed berries
  • Stevia as desired
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice if desired

Add all ingredients to a 24oz cup and mix thoroughly. Add a straw and enjoy!

Pineapple & Lime

Pinã Colada coming up! What could be better than tropical paradise in a cup?

  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 squeezed lime + 1/2 sliced lime
  • Coconut water
  • Ice as desired

Add all ingredients to a 24oz cup and mix thoroughly. Add a straw and enjoy!

Superfood “spritzer”

One of my top favorites because of how easy, delicious, and good-for-you it is!

  • 6oz *Young Living Ningxia Red juice
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice if desired

Add all ingredients to a 24oz cup and mix thoroughly. Add a straw and enjoy!

*To learn more about Young Living and get your own natural products, click here!


I hope that you enjoyed these healthy and hydrating summer drink recipes! Have you started soaking up the sun yet? What are your favorite ways to “spice” up your water? Let me know your thoughts + questions in the comments below!

(P.S. Featured photo from Unsplash)

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24 thoughts on “Hydrating + Refreshing Summer Drink Recipes

    1. Thank you! Haha you are so not weird for liking water by itself – that’s actually really good! And that’s so cool that you’re getting a soda stream! Having continuous sparkling water at my use would be a dream come true haha. I’m so glad that you liked this Crystal, thanks for commenting 😊

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  1. These ideas sound great! I like drinking my water plain, but it never hurts to switch things up a bit. 😉 I am a huge fan of sparkling water. Oh, it is so good! However, I am definitely going to try these ideas!

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