As the sun's warm embrace beckons us outdoors, it's the perfect time to explore a world of delicious and revitalizing summer drinks. In our quest for a sweet escape from sugary soft drinks, we've discovered the delightful magic of sweeteners as a healthier, guilt-free choice. Join us on this flavor-filled journey as we unveil a collection of summer beverage recipes that are not only easy to make but also promise to keep you cool, refreshed, and energized all season long. Say goodbye to excess sugar and hello to a sensational sip of summer with the help of Equal Zero Calorie Sweetener! 🍹🌿
PEACH ICED TEA
Fresh peaches complement antioxidant-rich green tea in this refreshing creation by Chef Chris Smith, The Diabetic Chef®.
- 4 peaches, peeled, pitted, sliced.
- 9 cups water, divided.
- 24 packets Equal® sweetener
- 8 green tea bags
- Place peaches and 1 cup of the water in blender or food processor. Puree until smooth; set aside.
- Bring remaining 8 cups water to boiling in a large saucepan. Add tea bags. Steep 5 to 6 minutes. Remove tea bags, discard. Stir in peach puree.
- Refrigerate tea until ready to serve.
A refreshing drink that is high on flavor, but low in calories thanks to Equal® sweetener. You get all the flavor of fruit without the calories from sugar.
- 7 cups water
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 24 packets Equal sweetener
- Ice cubes
- Fresh mint, optional
- Combine all ingredients except mint. Stir until Equal is dissolved.
- Serve over ice, garnishing each glass with fresh mint, if desired.
WILD BERRY MOJITO
A variation on the typical mojito, this non-alcoholic version is made with three kinds of berries and sweetened with Equal® sweetener.
- 8 to 12 fresh mint leaves
- 3 to 4 fresh blackberries
- 3 to 4 fresh blueberries
- 3 to 4 fresh red raspberries
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 packets Equal® sweetener
- Crushed ice
- 1/4 cup club soda
- 1 fresh mint sprig, optional
- Carefully press mint leaves into the bottom of a 12-ounce highball glass with the back of a wooden spoon to release oils. * Do not tear the leaves. Add the berries and gently crush. Add lime juice and Equal.
- Fill glass with crushed ice. Stir until the ice is reduced by 1/3rd. Add more crushed ice to fill the glass. Stir until the glass begins to frost on the outside.
- Pour in Club soda and stir again. Garnish with a mint sprig, if desired.
- NOTE: For an alcoholic version, add 1/4 cup lite rum with the club soda.
Makes 1 serving.
Refreshing beverage with 63% fewer calories than a Classic Margarita. Incredibly light and refreshing for less calories.
- 1 1/2 tablespoons 80 proof Tequila
- 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 packet Equal® sweetener
- 1/4 cup lemon-lime or lime sparkling water
- Add the tequila, orange juice, lime juice and Equal into an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a margarita glass rimmed with or without salt.
- Pour in chilled sparkling water.
As we raise our glasses to the joys of summer, let's toast to the beauty of choice. Choosing to savor these sweetener-enhanced summer drinks isn't just about maintaining a healthier lifestyle; it's about embracing the vibrant flavors of the season in the most wholesome way possible. So, whether you're lounging by the pool, hosting a barbecue, or simply seeking a respite from the summer heat, these drinks are here to accompany you on your journey. Let this summer be a celebration of your commitment to health, wellness, and the pure pleasure of enjoying the simple pleasures of life, one refreshing sip at a time. Cheers to a sweet and invigorating summer ahead!