While it is true that we need to stay hydrated, it is not necessarily true that we need as much liquid as the sports drinks industry might like us to think.
Being made to believe we need eight glasses a day and worrying that we have left it too late by the time we are thirsty is great marketing, but the scientific literature doesn’t really back it up.
We get about 20-30% of our fluid intake from food, and as long as we drink throughout the day, when we are thirsty and more often if exercising, we probably get enough (dizziness, headaches, dry mouth and dark urine are signs that we are not).
- Vita Coco Lemonade Coconut Water
Rich in vitamin C, this all-natural blend of coconut water and lemon juice contains the same amount of potassium as a banana and is a healthier alternative to sugar-sweetened lemonade. Also suitable for vegans and coeliacs.
- Mello Raw Fresh Watermelon Juice
Watermelons can be wonderfully cool and hydrating on a hot summer’s day, but tucking into a juicy wedge can be a little messy. Try Mello’s cold-pressed juice made with fresh watermelon. Free from anything artificial, this raw drink is a great way to replenish after a workout.
- Cucumber Sparkling Water
With a subtle cucumber flavour, this refreshing sparkling water is a must for creating tasty cocktails. Quench your thirst by drinking straight from a chilled bottle or use it as a mixer for Pimms, gin or vodka.
- Hampstead Tea London Oolong Tea with Peach
A great choice for those who are winding down after a long day in the sun. Loaded with antioxidants, this organic brew is made with all-natural ingredients is only 60 calories per bottle and provides just the right balance of fruitiness.
If you are looking for non-alcoholic summer drinks that aren’t sticky-sweet, try one of the new flavoured tonics by Bottlegreen (pomegranate) or Fevertree (elderflower), garnished with cucumber. Cawston Press and Luscombe both do excellent ranges of sparkling drinks for adults, including spicy ginger beers.
You should also give fruit juices a savoury kick by adding a sprig of herbs, gently slapped to release their oils – peach, apple, pear or apricot all work wonderfully with rosemary or thyme, dill, basil and mint are great with lime or lemon juice, lengthened with soda water.
TNT Food and Drink