If you’re looking for a refreshing, hydrating summer drink, you have to try this coconut water ginger lemonade.
It’s made with fresh coconut water from a young coconut, (if you can’t find any, you can use good quality bottled coconut water instead) fresh lemon juice and ginger.
I love how well these flavors go together; the slightly sweet freshness of the coconut, with the tanginess of the lemon and the warm spiciness of ginger.
This drink is great to sip on any time and makes a great post-workout drink as well to replenish lost minerals and vitamins.
Natural coconut water is high in electrolytes potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus.
Electrolytes are important minerals that support healthy functioning of cells, muscles, the brain and nerves. They also help regulate fluid levels and contain other essential minerals, vitamins C and B and antioxidants.
Coconut water is a healthy source of hydration, it supports the body’s natural detoxification process, stimulates cell regeneration, aids with nutrient absorption and much more.
Lemons are amazing health boosters. They are rich in vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant, they support our immune system, help with digestion and nutrient absorption, aid with the body’s detoxification process, provide us with energy and balance the body’s pH level.
Lemons by themselves are acidic, but they become alkaline in our body.
The more alkaline (and less acidic) your food intake, the healthier the body becomes.
This is because disease needs acidity to thrive, which is not possible in an alkaline environment.
Ginger is another powerful alkaline food. It contains magnesium, potassium and manganese, has strong anti-inflammatory properties, soothes the stomach, supports digestion and helps with nausea.
It also stimulates brain function, helps with pain relief such as muscle and menstruation pain, regulates blood sugar and is effective against bacteria and fungal infections.
You can read more about the health benefits of ginger in Dr. Axe’s article.
I drink this coconut water ginger lemonade without added sweeteners, but if you’re craving a bit of sweetness, just add some coconut nectar, liquid stevia or maple syrup.
Try serving it with coconut water ice spheres – they make it look so pretty, while keeping your drink chilled.
1 liter (fresh) coconut water
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup grated ginger
optional: some natural sweetener such as coconut nectar, maple syrup or liquid stevia.
Squeeze the lemon juice and mix it with the coconut water and grated ginger.
If you like it sweet, add some natural sweetener.
Optional: add coconut water ice spheres with lemon slices and edible flowers.