Home-made Thirst Quenchers
Is the September heatwave leaving you thirsty? Then a cold glass of water is the best there is. You can drink as much of it as you want, as water does not contain any calories and it will not harm your teeth. But at some point you’ll probably want to drink something different. With a few simple ingredients, you can make yourself the best low-calorie thirst quenchers!
Soda, fruit juice, nectar, a cold beer: these are all tempting thirst quenchers. But there are certain unmistakable disadvantages to them – you take in a lot of calories without noticing and especially soft drinks and juices contain sugars & acids that create plaque and tooth erosion. Diet soda contains no calories but is equally bad for your teeth because there are acids in it. Diet soda also contains artificial sweeteners, which makes it advisable not to be drunk without limitations. What are your options if you are fed up with water? Here are a few tips for tasty and healthy thirst-quenchers.
1: Flavoured water
In stores, you can find more and more flavoured water alternatives for fresh water. The good news: these thirst quenchers can also easily be made at home. It saves a lot of carrying (from the shops) and money. It’s no coincidence that homemade lemonades and herbal waters seem to appear more often at food festivals. You can do it too!
Your main investment is a water carafe/ jug with a wide opening and preferably a lid and a spout with holes. The rest is easy. For example, squeeze some lemon or lime into the carafe and then add a few slices of lemon or lime. Add cucumber slices and sprigs of fresh mint perhaps. Fill the jug with water and ice cubes and put it in the refrigerator. The longer you let the flavours soak in the water, the more tasty the water will be!
This recipe can vary endlessly with any ingredients you fancy. For example, you can add halved strawberries or raspberries in the water carafe and even throw in some orange slices. Or maybe you prefer trying pomegranate seeds, a piece of ginger and rosemary sprigs. Gradually, you’ll discover your favourite homemade thirst quencher! And it also looks very festive. Is the carafe empty? Fill it up again with water and put the jug back in the fridge. This can be repeated countless times and it will keep you refreshed!
Do you want something else to quench your thirst? You can also spice up your glass of milk or buttermilk. For example, mixing some orange juice into your buttermilk for homemade buttermilk juice. Or mix yogurt with water and ice cubes. Have you ever been to Turkey or India? If so, then you might know “Ayran Salty” or “Spicy Lassi”. Delicious thirst quenchers on a hot day! Ayran is made by mixing some Turkish yogurt with three parts of water and a little bit of salt. This thirst quencher is best served ice-cold. For Lassi, you just mix yogurt in a blender with water and ice cubes, then add juice of half a lime, some ginger powder, honey, fresh mint and a pinch of salt. Of course variation is also endless here. Enjoy!
3: Iced Tea
Iced tea has become popular, but often contains sugar and acids. Making your own iced tea is super simple and far cheaper & healthier! You can make tea the way you are used to – and then let it cool in the refrigerator. Then you can add some mint or lemon balm and honey. Serve the tea extra cold with ice cubes. You can also make tea from cold water by letting it infuse overnight in the refrigerator. The quickest way is to make a glass of strong tea and add seasonings of your choice. Put the tea in a container and fill it with cold water and ice cubes. Iced tea can be made from both green and black tea or even herbal tea. Enough choices for many varied thirst quenchers!
4: Iced coffee
Are you more of a coffee lover? Then make your own iced coffee – a drink that has become more and more popular over the years. Make a cup of strong coffee and let it cool in the refrigerator. If necessary add some sugar or honey for the taste. Put the cold coffee into a glass and add a lot of ice cubes. Optionally, you can add milk, if you find that more to your liking. And your homemade thirst quencher is ready to drink. Easy, yet effective!