As soon as the heat arrives, it is essential to stay well hydrated. Therefore, the amount of liquids we have to drink increases considerably. This often leads us to drink soft drinks or carbonated beverages in excess. However, we can replace these sugary and unhealthy drinks with homemade preparations, which, in addition to being very refreshing and hydrating, will provide us with a multitude of benefits and nutrients. So they will be a plus to our diet and great allies to maintain good health. And all this is perfectly fulfilled by the drink that we propose today for the hottest days, so join us to see how to make lemon water, a very healthy and refreshing drink.
This drink, besides being simple, is very versatile. We can include many other ingredients (we will give you some ideas later on). And, above all, it is very refreshing and hydrating. Because lemon quenches our thirst very quickly (as long as we do not include sugar or any other sweetener in our soft drink, because we want a healthy drink).
We have already seen many options to replace soft drinks and have a more natural and healthy diet. For example, to combat the heat we can make many types and versions of fruit waters, very refreshing and with a delicious flavor, such as Raspberries Iced Tea; or Ginger Water, which we can take both hot and cold, and also brings us many benefits.
How to make Lemon water
The ideal way to make this recipe is to use only cold water, lots of ice and lemon. Avoid adding any sweetener. Although, if you want to treat yourself or make this drink on a special occasion, instead of as a healthy substitute for soft drinks, you can always add a little sugar. But if you like citrus flavors you will see that it is not necessary.
Making lemon water is so simple that it needs practically no explanation. Simply squeeze half a lemon for each glass of water (approximately 250 ml.) and let it cool, or serve with plenty of ice. And now all we have to do is enjoy this fantastic drink.
Although, as we said, we can make many more versions of this drink. We will see some options later on. For the moment, let’s see how to make the Lemon Water.
- 1 Lemon juice
- 1/2 Lemon slices for garnish
- 500 ml Water
- Sugar Optional, to taste
- The best for this drink is to use water from the refrigerator, so that it is also very cold. In two glasses, we distribute abundant ice. We squeeze half a lemon in each glass, over a strainer, to avoid pips falling.
- Fill the glass with the water from the refrigerator. If we want to add sugar, mix well until it dissolves. Garnish with the half sliced lemon and serve immediately, well chilled.
This is how simple it is to prepare lemon water. Well, as we said, this drink has no mystery. It is healthy, refreshing, light and, besides, it is delicious. In fact, since it is so simple, use half an extra lemon to garnish this healthy drink. But do you want to try different versions of this water? Let’s take a look.
Some versions of Lemon Water
Undoubtedly, two of the ingredients that combine best with lemon are mint or peppermint. Therefore, they are two ideal aromatic herbs to include in our drink. If you want to add even more flavor, crush some leaves in a mortar before adding them to your drink (just as we did to make a mojito).
Personally, I also like the way lemon drinks are flavored with ginger. That spicy touch is great with the citric flavor of the lemon. But, if we want to add ginger, the recipe will be a little more complicated. Well, although we can add a few slices cold, and let it rest in the fridge for a few hours; it will take much more flavor if we infuse it before. Therefore, we will have to boil the ginger in water for a few minutes and then let it cool well to continue with the recipe.
Try with other different fruits, for example, combine lemon with lime, orange, tangerine… And make a water with your favorite citrus fruits. You can incorporate as many fruits as you want, each one will give a different touch and also very good.
Although we presented this drink as a very healthy and perfect drink to replace soft drinks, we can also replace water with sparkling water. It is not a drink for every day, but it will be a very good refreshment.
It will also look great adding a few slices of pineapple to the glasses, which will add color and flavor to the water. But remember that, in the kitchen, the best thing is to use your imagination. So, we insist, try as much fruit as you want.
Did you know that it is a powerful remedy against stomach upset?
Surely you have heard of alkaline lemonade. Well, it is nothing more than this simple drink to which you also add a pinch of salt, baking soda and sugar. Specifically, half a spoonful of each one for each liter of water, in addition to the lemon (for a liter, a couple of lemons).
This combination of ingredients, called alkaline lemonade, is a powerful natural remedy against gastroenteritis. It helps us stay hydrated and recover much faster from this digestive disease. And the best part is that it is good for both children and adults.
Benefits of drinking Lemon Water
We already know that lemon is one of the most appreciated fruits due to all the benefits and properties it provides. It is rich in antioxidants, it is depurative, it helps us to purify the blood, liver and kidney, and provides us with a multitude of vitamins and nutrients essential for good health.
And, therefore, lemon water is also a very healthy drink. Well, besides being a powerful home remedy against gastroenteritis and being one of the best drinks to keep us hydrated, it has many more properties. Among them, we can highlight that it is a great digestive. So it is a very good option to drink after meals.
It also strengthens the immune system, thanks to the potassium and vitamin C that lemons provide. So they help us to maintain a strong immune system and prevent many diseases.
In addition, it is a fantastic detoxifier. It helps our body to purify toxins naturally, and it is a diuretic food. Something that, in drink, multiplies its effects.
And you, do you dare to prepare this great drink at home? If you liked it, remember to leave us your comments, ideas, tips, opinions… We love to read them! And don’t forget to follow us on social networks to keep up to date with all our publications. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.