3 Low-Cal Summer Thirst Quenchers

Hot summer temps can make you extra thirsty, but be careful what you slurp—some iced coffee drinks and so-called "healthy" fruit smoothies exceed 500 calories. Gulp! To quench my thirst during the sunny season, I'm careful to drink unsweetened iced tea or coffee, plus lots of water out of my ever-present Sigg bottle. Sometimes plain ol' H20 gets a little, well, plain. Want to add a little zing? Popping in a few iced-cubes made from fruit juice and frozen berries is a delicious option. However, for a special sip that won't sink your diet, try one of these simple, low-calorie and seriously delicious swigs below. Bottoms up!

Almosjito (Makes 1 drink)

1/2 lime
1/2 orange
4 sprigs mint
1/4 cup sparkling water
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/3 cups crushed ice

Squeeze lime and orange juices into a cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients. Shake and strain into a glass.

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Low-Sugar Lemonade (Makes 4 drinks)

5 lemons
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 quart sparkling water
1 handful mint sprigs

Juice 4 of the lemons; slice the other lemon and set aside. Blend juice with applesauce and maple syrup. Stir in sparkling water. Pour mixture into large pitcher over ice. Garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs and serve. (80 calories per serving)

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Sun Tea With Mint (Makes 4 drinks)

4 cups water
4 black tea bags
Rind from 1 lemon
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

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Combine water, tea bags, rind and mint leaves in a glass pitcher and set in sun for 6 to 8 hours. (No time? Boil water, add ingredients and steep for 5 minutes.) Refrigerate until chilled and serve over ice; garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. (5 calories per serving)

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