This refreshing lemonade will keep you cool as a cucumber with a tart flavor and the natural sweetness of raw honey!
Lemonade is a summertime go-to for cooling off and staying hydrated. This homemade small-batch lemonade gives store-bought versions a run for their money, infused with antioxidant-rich green tea, mint, cucumber and freshly squeezed lemon juice. It’s an elixir that will not only hydrate but also invigorate the senses and help improve cognitive function. Now that’s something to sip on!
The Antioxidant Power of Green Tea
Next to water, green tea is one of the most popular beverages. Green tea contains powerful antioxidant compounds called polyphenols. These compounds go to work helping to fight free-radical damage in the body and protect cells. The Sencha variety of green tea is picked from the first harvest and has a high concentration of Vitamin-C.
Other impressive benefits of green tea include:
- Protects bones
- Supports a healthy heart
- Boosts brain health
- Supports bone density
Green tea contains a unique amino acid called L-theanine that relaxes the mind without causing drowsiness. This may help those who suffer from nervousness or anxiety to promote an overall sense of calmness without any sleepy side-effects. (2)
If you want to stay on your A game as far as mental focus, reach for mint. Fresh mint and extracts of mint in oil form are touted for their ability to improve focus, alertness, and concentration by stimulating the central nervous system. Simply inhaling the aroma of mint helps to improve memory. This makes mint especially useful in stressful situations where mental performance is important (e.g: test taking or high-pressure board meetings), boosting mental clarity and focus. So be sure to inhale as you sip your next mint tea to reap the benefits. (3)
Pucker Up with Fresh Lemon
For this recipe, about 4 lemons are used to make one batch of tangy lemonade. Incorporating the lip-smacking flavor of fresh lemon juice adds an antioxidant dose of vitamin-C. Vitamin-C rich citrus fruits are especially helpful at boosting the immune system.
- 4 cups filtered water
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice about 4 lemons
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 3 packets Pique Mint Green Tea
- 8 mint leaves
- 1/4 cup diced cucumber
Heat water in a medium saucepan until steaming. Turn heat off and stir in honey and mint green sencha tea to dissolve. Pour into a pitcher and refrigerate for 30 minutes to cool.
Stir lemon juice into tea mixture in pitcher. In a pint glass, muddle cucumber and mint with 2 tablespoons of filtered water. Use a cocktail strainer to pour juice from muddled mixture into lemonade. Stir well. Chill for 1 hour. Serve over ice garnished with mint and sliced cucumber. Store any leftover lemonade in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.