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Delicious Beverages to Sip During the Summer

If you’re planning on having a few drinks this summer, make sure to sip on these to avoid that nasty hangover.

Summers are a time to spend outside with time with friends and family, and with the 4th of July coming up, many people will get together to cook, laugh, and drink. Unfortunately for some, the latter of the activities will go on a bit too long and a throbbing headache will await them in the morning. The reason for this is because your organs are going into overdrive as they are detoxifying the poison that is alcohol from your body. This process uses a lot of water and dehydrates your brain, thus causing a headache. With these “mocktails” you can assure you’ll be getting the hydration you need to keep the headaches at bay this 4th of July.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups strawberries (hulled and quartered, plus a couple of sliced strawberries for garnish)
  • 2 limes, juiced + 1 lime in thinly sliced rounds
  • Club soda/seltzer water
  • Ice
  • ¼ cup basil leaves + several sprigs for garnish (can substitute mint)
  • ½ cup cane sugar

Place the strawberries and basil in a pitcher. Sprinkle sugar over it and lightly, without turning into a pulp, smash the ingredients together, softening the strawberries and slightly crushing the basil leaves.

Pour lime juice, gently stir, and allow to sit for a few minutes. If serving in individual glasses, place a few ice cubes in each glass and spoon the mixture over the ice with bubbly water. Garnish with sliced strawberries, lime round, and a sprig of basil. If serving in a pitcher or bowl, gently combine the strawberry mixture with ice and desired amount of bubbly water, and float the garnish on top.

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