The “Cool School” (Part 6) ….. Refreshing, Summertime Adult Drinks

[next 3 Drink Photos] Watermelon Mojitos The original recipe calls for sugar, but if I use Taste Nirvana Coconut Water, I wont need sugar at all. If using sugar, use Healthy Coconut Palm Sugar  (click next 3 photos below for recipe)

my current favorite healthy sweeteners are…….

UMF Manuka Honey
(mixes well in blender, one of the healthiest things you could ever put in your body)

Coconut Palm Sugar
(perfect substitute for recipes requiring processed sugar, brown sugar, or simple syrup mix)

Coconut Water
(I STRONGLY ADVISE trying to incorporate this EXTREMELY HEALTHY, natural way to add sweetness to a drink.
I recommend
Taste Nirvana Coconut Water)

Super Ripe Fruit!!!
(if applicable to recipe, really ripe fruit sweetens up a drink to where often that's all the sweetener I need)

….my list of Sweeteners to Avoid

[above] My own, easiest, healthiest, tastiest, most addictive way to sweeten drinks with no sugar!!!

…is to mix in the INSANELY GOOD Taste Nirvana Coconut Water. Theeeeeeeeeeee best summertime drink!!!

(…I drink it by it self , but use it ot mix in my tea, whereas I need no other sweetener at all, and it definitely works for summertime cold drinks also!!!)

Once you get creative…..

…you'll develop your own AMAZINGLY tasty-healthy summertime without all those unhealthy, toxic sweeteners

(Quick note on Alcohol…..)

….any "Cool School " recipe can be with or without alcohol, if you're not a big alcohol drinker, you can swap in a light wine into a recipe requiring vodka/gin, etc., or just add a few drops of alcohol, as I often just add a few drops of my fav' Caribbean Rum instead of the full dose of alcohol.

Or, you can experiment and just make it Virgin, or craft both Adult and Kids versions of the same drink….

"Everything in Moderation, including Moderation" -Ben Franklin 🙂

[previous  3 Drink Photos] Watermelon Mojitos  (click prev. 3 photos below for recipe)

[below] "Moscow Mules " (click photo below for recipe)

[below] Hibiscus Iced Tea Sparkler (click photo below for recipe)

[below] Raspberry Punch with Frozen Melons,  The original recipe calls for sugar, but if I use Taste Nirvana Coconut Water, I wont need sugar at all. If using sugar, use Healthy Coconut Palm Sugar  (click photo below for recipe)

[below] Ginger Juleps I'm not a big "hard liquor" drinker, I just like a "hint" of liquor. I'd lighten up on the Alcohol in the recipe and replace some of the liquid with amazingly good Taste Nirvana Coconut Water for taste and as a sweetener
(click photo below for recipe, or see video below recipe)

[below] Hard Apple Cider Sangria (click photo below for recipe)


[below] Summer Dark Fruit Basil Smash (I'd have to slash a little Pino Gris Wine up in there to "tighten that drink up!!)
(click photo below for recipe)

[below] Grapefruit Lemongrass Cocktail (click photo below for recipe)

[below] Grapefruit Pomegranate Punch (click photo below for recipe)

[below] "Governor's Mansion" Summer Tea Punch  (A few drops of Caribbean Rum would "tighten" that drink up if I wanted it more lively) (click photo below for recipe)

[below] Cucumber Mojitos (click photo below for recipe, and/or check out video below photo)

[below] "Classic" Sangria (click photo below for recipe)

[below] Cucumber Water (click photo below for recipe)

[below] Southern Spiked Peach Iced Tea (click photo below for recipe)

[below] Strawberry Lemonade Margaritas (click photo below for recipe)

[below] Apple Cider Mojitos (click photo below for recipe)

[below] Fruit Infused Water (click photo below for instructions)

[below] Strawberry Peach Wine "Slushies" (click photo below for recipe)

[below] Raspberry Champagne "Slushies" (click photo below for recipe)

[below] Hard Apple Iced Tea (click photo below for recipe)

[below] Pomegranate Green Tea Iced Tea, a.k.a., "Butterfly Nectar"  (click photo below for recipe)

[Final 5 Photos]  

DIY Ice Buckets , Too "Cool School" not to post. Might have to try that at a summer gathering (source article of photos below)

~stay healthy~


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Man alive! these all look great!


Hey Mari,

Yep, it was hard for me to decide which one to try to work on first this summer, though I’m gonna start with that Apple Cider Mojito.

Thanks for reading and commenting….

Doug at GAIA Health Blog

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