Home-made thirst quenchers
Is the September heatwave leaving you thirsty? Then a cold glass of water is the best thing there is. You can drink as much of it as you like, as water contains no calories and will not harm your teeth. At some point however, you will probably want to drink something different, and with a few simple ingredients, you can make yourself some delicious low-calorie thirst quenchers!
Soda, fruit juice, nectar, a cold beer… these are all tempting thirst quenchers, but there are certain undeniable disadvantages to them. You take in a lot of calories without noticing, and soft drinks and juices especially contain sugars and 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, and it also contains artificial sweeteners, which should not be consumed to excess. 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 to fresh water. The good news is that these thirst- quenchers can also easily be made at home. It saves a lot of carrying (from the shops) and money. It is no coincidence that homemade lemonades and herbal waters seem to be appearing more often at food festivals, and you can easily make your own!
Your main investment is a water carafe or 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, and perhaps cucumber slices and sprigs of fresh mint. Fill the jug with water and ice cubes and put it in the refrigerator. The longer you let the ingredients soak into the water, the tastier the flavoured water will be!
This recipe can vary endlessly with any ingredients you fancy. For example, you can add halved strawberries or raspberries into the water carafe and even throw in some orange slices. Or maybe you prefer trying pomegranate seeds, a piece of ginger and rosemary sprigs. You will discover your favourite homemade flavoured water, and it will also look very festive.
When the carafe is 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, mix 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, mix yogurt in a blender with water and ice cubes, then add the juice of half a lime, some ginger powder, honey, fresh mint and a pinch of salt. Of course, the variations here are also endless. Enjoy!
3: Iced tea
Iced tea has become very popular but often contains sugar and acids. Making your own iced tea is super simple and far cheaper and healthier! You can make tea the way you are used to – and then let it cool in the refrigerator. Then 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 the 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 all sorts of different 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 to taste. Put the cold coffee into a glass and add a lot of ice cubes. Alternatively you can add milk if that is more to your liking, and your homemade thirst-quencher is ready to drink. Simple yet effective!