A few weeks ago we had a wonderful guest post from Krista at My Naturally Crazy Life. She wrote about how to reduce your sugar intake by using essential oils in your water.
Her post inspired me to make a delicious summer drink for those hot days on the deck. Since I don’t drink, I wanted to have a yummy ‘cocktail-like’ drink that I could sip on that was not jammed packed with sugar and that was relatively healthy.
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I should share that this is not my first attempt at making an essential oil themed summer drink. My husband and I recently tried to make both lemon and grapefruit iced tea using essential oils. It was an epic fail. I could smell the essential oils but the taste of the tea was too overpowering and you couldn’t taste the oils at all.
But I was determined to make a delicious drink. I looked in the freezer and saw the package of mixed berries and had a lightbulb moment. Why not use berries and lemon essential oil to make a delicious drink?
Thus, the Berry Lemonade Slush was born and it is delicious… if I do say so myself 🙂 As I said my intention was for this to be a non-alcoholic beverage. However for those who drink, try adding a splash of vodka to this slush, I think you will like it!
This recipe is so easy, only 4 ingredients are needed… well 5 if you count water and ice as two separate ingredients!
Berry Lemonade Slush Ingredients:
- 1 cup of mixed berries (I used frozen)
- 1 ½ cups of water
- 1 tsp of sugar
- 4-5 drops of lemon essential oil*
- 6-8 ice cubes
*Please note that essential oils are not all made the same and that not all brands create oils that can be ingested. Some brands have synthetic fillers added making the oils unsafe for ingestion. Make sure you are using Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils. If the oil can be ingested, the bottle will say ‘for dietary use’ and you will also see ‘supplement facts’ on the bottle.
Making Your Yummy Drink:
- Place berries, water, and ice cubes in a blending machine. Personally I used our NutriBullet which I absolutely love for making all kinds of drinks (more on this in another post). Blend until there are no more ‘chunks’.
- Add the sugar and lemon essential oil (start with 3-4 drops of essential oil, if you would like a stronger lemon taste then you can add more after). Blend for 5-10 seconds
- Et Voila! You have a delicious summer drink
Recipe makes: approximately 16oz (2 cups)
Please note that you should not drink essential oils out of plastic as the oils may break down the compounds in plastic. This is why I transferred my berry lemonade slush from the NutriBullet container into a glass for drinking. Check out this post for more important essential oil safety tips!
I know I am biased but I LOVE this drink! Although there is some sugar in it (sugar & natural sugars in berries) this drink is nowhere near the same sugar content as sugary drinks you buy from the store.
How Does It Compare?
This comparison is based on 8oz of Berry Lemonade Slush (recipe makes 16oz).
Please note the sugar count for Berry Lemonade Slush includes the sugar added as well at the sugar found in the mixed berries.
As you can see, Berry Lemonade Slush is much healthier choice when compared to store-bought beverages. I hope you enjoy this delicious drink this summer with or without alcohol 😉
What is your favourite summer beverage? Is it high in sugar?
I love my NutriBullet, check it out to see how you can easily make delicious and nutritious drinks and smoothies!
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