Drink to Your Health: Quenching Spa-Inspired Summer Sippers

Proper hydration is obviously an important aspect to staying healthy — especially when you’re knee-deep in sweltering desert air. But water can be, well, boring. So we looked to the spas for tasty, healthy drinks (okay, and a few that aren’t so healthy but hey, it’s summer!) that keep our moisture meters on full. Raise your glasses to summer with these delish smoothies, mocktails and cocktails.

SMOOTHIES

Pomegranate Paradise

1/8 cup pomegranate juice
1/8 cup mango puree
1/4 cup strawberries
1/4 cup blueberries

Crush about a cup of ice in a blender. Add ingredients and mix until smooth. Recipe courtesy of Mii amo, a Destination Spa at Enchantment Resort, Sedona, www.miiamo.com.

Honeydew Melon Smoothie Recipe

1/4 of a honeydew melon
1/4 of a 2.5-inch Hot House Cucumber
Juice of one lime
10 fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup soy milk
15 fresh mint leaves
8 leaves of baby spinach
Juice of 1/4 lemon
1 kiwi, peeled
1 cup ice
1/2 cup club soda
1 teaspoon agave nectar or as needed
Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Adjust consistency with Ice and Club Soda as needed. Recipe courtesy of Chef Michel Pieton, Golden Door Spa Cafe, www.goldendoorspas.com.

MOCKTAILS (no alcohol)

H2 Tini

1 fresh lime wedge
1/2 cup fresh watermelon juice
1/4 cup sparkling pear or apple cider
4 sprigs cilantro
1/3 cup crushed ice
Squeeze lime into cocktail shaker and add peel. Add remaining ingredients and shake. Pour into martini glass. Garnish with fruit. Recipe courtesy of Canyon Ranch Kitchens, www.canyonranch.com.

POM Julep

1 oz. POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 1/2 oz. grapefruit juice
1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz. honey syrup (mix two parts honey with one part hot water and stir to dissolve, cool)
2 mint sprigs
Bruise 1 mint sprig in bar mixing glass with honey syrup. Add remaining ingredients and shake over ice. Strain over ice into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with the remaining mint. Recipe courtesy POM Wonderful, www.pomwonderful.com.

COCKTAILS

The Rim’s Pink Grapefruit Martini

1 1/2 oz. Absolute Ruby Red
1 oz. Captain Morgan
1/2 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. Pink Grapefruit Juice
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass with a sugar coated rim and garnish with a cherry. Recipe courtesy of The Rim at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, www.kierlandresort.com.

POM Squeeze

2 oz. Pomegranate Blackberry POM Tea
1 1/2 oz. vodka
2 oz. tonic
2 oz. fresh orange juice
mint leaves
Muddle the mint leaves in the bottom of a highball glass with half of the tea. Add ice and the remaining ingredients. Stir and garnish with the mint sprig. Recipe courtesy POM Wonderful, www.pomwonderful.com.

Photo courtesy POM Wonderful

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