EAT THIS: Summer Bevvies

Posted on August 4, 2012 by


Are you finding not participating in social drinking a challenge this summer?   You’ll be pleasantly surprised how tasty and easy it is to substitute alcohol with these refreshing non-alcoholic beverages.  Take advantage by indulging in these festive summer bevvies – they are a sneak preview from our new cookbook.  These beverage recipes won’t halt fat burning, increase weight, or cause a hangover!  In fact, you’ll feel truly rejuvenated without the blood sugar ups and downs of alcohol.  Cheers!!

Laurie’s Dr. Pepper

This drink truly feels like you’re cheating its so delicious!


1 large glass sparkling water

1 TBS black cherry concentrate

10 drops english toffee stevia

1 lime wedge


Mix liquids and add fresh squeezed lime wedge.

Lemon Cooler

This is like a lemon slushy!  The addition of a few sprigs of mint, after blending, would be really nice.


1 TBS raw honey

½ cup fresh lemon juice

8 oz water

12 ice cubes


Place all ingredients in a Vitamix. Blend on high speed until smooth and serve.

Spirulina Lemonade

Sheri’s green lemonade! You’ll get over the color once you taste it.  This is both a cleansing and refreshing beverage, and great first thing in the morning or after a workout.


1 quart filtered water

1 lemon, squeezed

4 – 6 drops stevia, or to taste

2 tsp high grade spirulina powder


Shake it up and serve. You can also do it in the blender if your spirulina powder doesn’t mix well. It’s good over ice in the summer.

Jamaican Tea

Dark red, rich, flavorful, this punch-like tea works well chilled in a wine glass or served in tumblers with ice. I have to warn you that it’s addictive.


1 quart of water

2 TBS hibiscus flowers, or 4 hibiscus tea bags

2 lemons, squeezed

liquid stevia, to taste


Bring the water to a boil. Add the hibiscus flowers in a tea ball, or the tea bags – and cover the pot. Allow to steep about 15 – 20 minutes, until dark red. Add the lemon juice and stevia. Serve room temperature or chilled. Add slices of orange for a punch type flavor.

Ginger Lemonade

I serve this lemonade virtually daily in the summer, and especially when I have company over for a summer dinner.  It’s simple, refreshing, and looks delightful sitting on the table in a glass pitcher with ice cubes and lemon slices floating in it…


4 lemons, halved and squeezed (seeds removed!)

1 – 2 tsp powdered ginger

liquid stevia to taste


Mix all of this in a pitcher with 2 quarts of water. Adjust lemon, ginger, and stevia to taste. Add ice cubes and lemon slices, if you like! (makes 2 quarts)

ACV Ginger Drink

Use unpasteurized apple cider vinegar for this recipe, which contains many of the fruit’s beneficial components.  As the vinegar ferments, it produces enzymes and life giving nutrients that make it an incredible nutritional powerhouse and healer.


½ TBS apple cider vinegar

one or two pinches powdered ginger

a few drops of liquid stevia, or to taste

16 oz of water


Stir in a glass and enjoy. You can make larger quantities for carrying with you, it keeps well. Serves 1.

Chia Fresca

Unique and refreshing.


½ cup of lemon or lime juice

½ cup of pomegranate juice

1 TBS chia seeds

9 cups of water


Pour lemon juice and pomegranate juice into the water. Add chia seeds and stir or shake vigorously until the seeds are evenly dispersed. Shake or stir again after a few minutes to prevent the seeds clumping together and shake/stir again before serving. Serve over ice. Cranberry juice can be substituted for pomegranate juice.


Coach Samantha Ray

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