Watermelon Hibiscus Cooler

Ingredients:

2 cups freshly brewed hibiscus tea, cooled
*optional: add a bag of rose tea while it's brewing for added depth of flavor and a boost to your heart chakra.
4-6 squares of frozen watermelon
1-2 drops liquid stevia
*optional: 1 drop doTERRA Citrus Bliss essential oil
1 spring of fresh mint for garnish

*This recipe can be quadrupled for an amazing party drink on these HOT summer afternoons!

Method:

Allow the tea to cool fully.

Mix the stevia and essential oil in the bottom of a drinking glass/jar.

Add a splash of the tea and mix thoroughly.

Add your watermelon chunks and sprig of mint, then pour the remaining tea in. Give it a quick stir and enjoy!

Watermelon Basil Agua Fresca

Delicately sweet with a little kick of basil, this take on agua fresca is thirst quenching and über tasty. Enjoy! To show my appreciation to our landscapers, who have been working tirelessly for the last few weeks arranging boulders and moving the earth in our backyard, I whipped up a batch of this agua fresca. They were forced to retreat out of the rain by an afternoon cloudburst, so I presented them with this pink drink. Cooling, summery, and infused with my heartfelt thanks, they slurped each sip like the last few drops of the remaining summer. Hope you enjoy it too.

Ingredients:

8 cups watermelon (preferably seedless), cubed

2-1 cup fresh basil leaves (depending on how adventurous you're feeling)

Juice of 1 lime

*OPTIONAL: Honey or agave to taste (if you like it sweeter, but if you have a totally ripe melon, there's really no need.)

Method:

Place all the ingredients into a blender.

Puree until smooth.

Strain through a fine chinois.

Serve over ice and garnish with basil.

Health Benefits:

Watermelon: An excellent source of vitamins C and A, as well as beta-carotene and lycopene. All of these are powerful antioxidants which help neutralize free radicals in the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional value.

Basil: Basil contains flavanoids called orientin and vicenin, which protect us at a cellular level. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Basil is also high in vitamin K, so is great for our blood health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.