Cool Down with the Flavors of Mint

| 6/30/2011 2:51:00 PM

J.PattonI glanced at the weather forecast this morning for the weekend ahead and smiled—90-degree weather without a cloud in the sky is in the future for this Kansas resident. It’s not too different for the rest of the country, either. Everyone’s Fourth of July weekend looks about the same: hot, humid and (in my opinion) wonderful.

However, even a heat fanatic like me needs to cool down once in awhile, and what better way to do it than with a refreshing mint-flavored beverage?

Mint can do more for you than just quench your thirst. Mint leaves are known for their ability to calm a nervous stomach. They soothe the digestive tract and can help relieve stomachaches as well. In addition, studies have shown mint leaves may even slow down some of the most harmful bacteria and fungi that are introduced into our bodies. So, what better herb to add to your drink than mint?

I’ve decided to share three recipes I’ve found online that look especially delicious. All of these drinks take less than 30 minutes to prepare, and they are all alcohol-free, so you can share them with the children in your life as well. Enjoy!

This refreshment is perfect for those hot summer days. It
packs a mere 72 calories and only 0.1 grams of fat.
Photo by petit hiboux/Courtesy Flickr

Watermelon Agua Fresca