Kick Your Soda Habit With These 13 Refreshing Alternative Beverages

You have probably heard that drinking soda on a regular basis is not good for you and you’ve even tried to give it up, but couldn’t find a worthy alternative! Well, how about a glass of fresh fruit-infused water? 

To start you off, here are 13 great recipes for chilly, easy-to-make vitamin drinks.

1. Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber and Mint

refreshing drinks 1Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • still or sparkling water, cold
  • ice cubes

Instructions:

In a half-gallon jar or a two-quart pitcher, mix the strawberries, cucumbers and lime slices with the ice cubes.

Chop the mint leaves and add to the mix. Fill jar or pitcher with water. Let chill for at least 10 minutes.

2. Orange and Blueberry

refreshing drinks 3Ingredients:

  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • handful of blueberries
  • cold filtered water
  • ice

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a jar or a pitcher and put in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight to allow the water to infuse. You can also muddle the blueberries to intensify flavor a bit.

3. Watermelon and Mint

refreshing drinks 4Ingredients:

  • 2 cups watermelon, sliced
  • handful of fresh mint leaves
  • cold filtered water
  • ice

Instructions:

Add watermelon, mint and ice to a pitcher and fill with water. Allow fruit to soak for 2-8 hours in the fridge. Add more fruit for more flavor and sweetness.

4. Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil

refreshing drinks 2Ingredients:

  • 4-6 strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced
  • small handful of basil, scrunched
  • cold filtered water
  • ice

Instructions:

Fill your jar or juice pitcher to the top with ice and fruit. Slightly scrunch up the basil so it releases its flavor. Cover with cold filtered water. Let the water infuse at least 1 hour. If there’s no time, poke a few holes in your fruit with a fork for instant flavor.

5. Orange and Cucumber

refreshing drinks 5Ingredients:

  • 2 large oranges, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1/2 large cucumber, sliced
  • handful of fresh mint
  • cold filtered water
  • ice

Instructions:

Put oranges, lemon and cucumber in the juice pitcher. Using a long spoon, gently mash fruits and veggies to release more flavor. Chop and gently mash the mint, add to the pitcher. Then add water and stir.

6. Kiwi and Cucumber

refreshing drinks 10Ingredients:

  • 6 kiwis, peeled
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • sugar to taste
  • cold filtered water
  • ice

Instructions:

Place the kiwi, cucumber, sugar and 2 cups of water in a blender and purée until smooth. Transfer the mix to a juice pitcher and stir in the remaining 4 cups of water. Add ice. Decorate with kiwi slices.

7. Rosemary and Grapefruit

refreshing drinks 7Ingredients:

  • 1/2 grapefruit, sliced
  • several sprigs of rosemary
  • cold filtered water
  • ice

Instructions:

Add sliced grapefruit and ice to the pitcher, then mix in rosemary. Fill the pitcher with cold water and leave it in the fridge overnight.

8. Raspberry, Rose Petal, and Vanilla

refreshing drinks 8Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • vanilla bean
  • rose petals
  • cold filtered water
  • ice

Instructions:

Mix all the ingredients in a juice pitcher, muddle gently. Pour in some cold water. Let steep for about 24 hours in the fridge.

9. Blueberry and Lavender

refreshing drinks 9Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cup blueberries
  • lavender flowers (or any edible flowers) to taste
  • cold filtered water
  • ice

Instructions:

Add fruits and flowers to a pitcher, pour in water. You can gently muddle the berries to infuse flavor. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Serve with ice.

10. Orange and Cilantro

refreshing drinks 6Ingredients:

  • rosemary / thyme / mint / basil / cilantro / parsley
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • cold filtered water
  • ice

Instructions:

Mix sliced oranges and ice in a juice pitcher. Add chopped cilantro (or other herb of your choosing). Gently mash to release flavor. Fill the pitcher with cold filtered water, and let it cool for at least an hour.

11. Watermelon and Coconut

refreshing drinks 12Ingredients:

  • 1 (about 5 cups) seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 4 cups coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • cold filtered water
  • ice

Instructions:

Purée the watermelon in a blender. Use a fine-mesh sieve to discard pulp, then pour the juice into a pitcher. Stir in coconut water and lime juice. Chill, covered, for at least an hour. Serve over ice.

12. Honeydew, Lime, and Raspberry

refreshing drinks 11Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe honeydew melon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 limes
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • cold filtered water
  • ice

Instructions:

Cut the melon in half, remove seeds with a spoon, then cut flesh from peel and cut into chunks. Place it in a blender and process until liquefied. Use a fine mesh sieve to squeeze the juice out of the resulting purée. Repeat with remaining melon. Transfer melon juice to a pitcher and add four cups of water. Combine lime juice and sugar in a separate bowl, then stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour the lime-sugar mix into the pitcher and stir. Serve over ice garnished with raspberries.

13. Mango and Lime

refreshing drinks 13Ingredients:

  • 2 cups mango, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • cold filtered water
  • ice

Instructions:

Use a blender to mix sugar, lime juice, mango and water. Add ice.

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