• Hanni Berger CEO JOYVIAL

Stay Hydrated with these Fun Summer Cocktails!


I don’t know about you, but when I think of summer I think of the pool, Reggae music and a drink in hand. From experience, and a bit of education of what alcohol does to my body, I learned that alcohol dehydrates me. That is quite contrary to what our bodies need in the midst of the summer heat.


What our bodies really want is water, water and more water. However, every so often enJOYing a cocktail feels right, doesn’t it? But then again, your goal isn’t to wake up suffering with a hangover, but rather to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to enJOY your day.


With this conundrum in mind, the JOYVIAL Health Coaches and I created this list of summer cocktail recipes that we believe you and your body will love.


As you enJOY some of these delicious libations, make sure to rehydrate every cell in your body by drinking lots of the ‘Party Recovery’ waters shared at the end. You’ll not only replenish your body with water but also give it a slew of nutrients your body loves.


With that said…


EnJOY!



Homemade Lemonade…plus a little extra

JOYVIAL health coach MJ loves homemade lemonade. It can be so tasty without all the added sugar you find in many store-bought brands. You can add in a splash of vodka to make the adult version of this beverage.


Typically, summer drinks are consumed over the course of hours. Just add a little to each drink and you’ll be enJOYing it all afternoon and evening, while also cleansing your digestion by drinking lots of lemon juice. I like this one a lot.


Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water

  • Juice from 2 large (or 3 medium) lemons

  • 1 tbsp of organic pure maple syrup

  • For the adults you may elect to add a splash of vodka



Most skinny & refreshing Margarita EVER

Everywhere I go I hear people asking for a “Skinny Margarita”. The reason most margaritas aren’t that healthy for us (well, besides the alcohol) is the sugar and chemical filled margarita mix that is used in most bars.


EnJOY this refreshing version of a margarita that truly surprised me. It gives you the traditional margarita taste that I love but I still felt rehydrated with every sip. Two thumbs (or bottoms up) to this one!


Ingredients:

  • 1 Lime La Croix

  • Fresh squeezed lime

  • A splash of organic margarita mix for a touch of ‘Margarita’ (see below)

  • To make it an adult beverage add a splash of Cointreau

  • Ice

  • Lime for garnish


We hear that the Simple Truth Organic Margarita mix is tasty and we love their ingredient list. Remember, use just enough to get the nostalgic hint of margarita flavoring.


If you like the frozen drink version, make sure to crush the ice separately and add it to the mix later as blending a soda can get messy!



Aperol Spritz

JOYVIAL executive health coach Liani says that Aperol Spritz is her favorite summer drink. Aperol is a bright orange, bittersweet apéritif liqueur. Like other aperitifs it is meant to stimulate the appetite and is typically enJOYed before dinner.


According to Masterclass.com Aperol’s recipe is top secret but includes citrus oil from oranges, rhubarb, gentian root, and cinchona bark. Some ingredients, like the gentian root are even meant to help digestion and reduce inflammation.


Ingredients:

  • Aperol

  • Soda water

  • Some like to add prosecco as well but we invite you to try it without to keep this drink most refreshing while getting just a little alcohol from the Aperol




Cucumber Agua Fresca with a twist

I like this drink recipe a lot. It’s full of nutrients and so very hydrating. You can always add another tablespoon of maple syrup to taste but go easy on the vodka if you go there at all. Every ounce you add, you take away the hydrating effects of all the other ingredients. The nice thing is that over the course of an afternoon you will still get a bit of a buzz. :)


Ingredients:

  • 2 English cucumbers

  • 12-15 mint leaves

  • ½ cup fresh lime juice

  • 2” piece of fresh ginger

  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup

  • 4 cups water

  • For adults you may elect a splash or two of vodka



  1. Peel the skin from the ginger

  2. Place the ingredients (holding back 2 cups of water) into a blender, blend until smooth

  3. Pour the mixture through a strainer

  4. Add the remaining 2 cups of water, stir and pour over ice

  5. Garnish with mint sprig or lime wheel



Party Recovery: