Beat the Heat with Fair Trade: Our Top Seven Fair Trade Certified Drinks for Summer
With May in the rearview mirror and weekend after weekend of barbeques, picnics and pool parties on the horizon, it’s time to heat up your summer beverage game. Here are seven of our favorite recipes, all made with Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients, to keep you cool and hydrated for whatever the sunny season throws your way.
Conventional iced tea gets a unique upgrade from Choice Organic Fair Trade Certified Rooibos, a caffeine-free South African herb prized for its restorative qualities. Steep with peaches, blueberries and honey for an all-natural pick-me-up that’s brimming with the flavors of the season.
Nutritious meets delicious in Kashi’s Cocoa Awakening Smoothie. This recipe blends Kashi Cocoa Awakening Organic Breakfast Super Blend with nut butter, coconut-almond milk and bananas (make 'em Fair Trade!) for a decadent, protein-packed meal. Perfect for fueling your summer adventures.
Tired of the tried and true champagne and OJ combo? Swap the fruit juice for another breakfast staple: Mighty Leaf’s Organic African Nectar tea! A little earthy, a little sweet, these Nectar Mimosas are the perfect way to dress up any summer brunch. Extended pinky optional.
We’d never thought about serving our kids sangria…until today. Enter Honest Tea’s Peach Ginger Faux-SangriAHHH, an easy, family-friendly take on the grown-up favorite. Serve at your next pool party, barbeque or soiree and wait for the chorus of “oooos” and “aaahhhs.”
Few things are more refreshing than coconut water. Except for maybe this coconut water and watermelon smoothie from NAKED Juice. Simply mix equal parts Naked Juice Fair Trade Certified Coconut Water with watermelon and blend to your preferred consistency. Garnish with jalapenos, lime and mint for an extra punch.
Meet your new summer addiction. Numi’s Chai Bubble Tea combines rich coconut milk with Numi Fair Trade Certified Golden Chai, tapioca pearls and a touch of honey for a healthier take on the popular speckled drink. Grab an extra-wide straw and slurp it slowly by the pool, with a good book, or just gulp it down now before someone sees and you have to share.
Cacti’s ability to withstand warmer climes makes cactus water a great source of hydration, electrolytes and antioxidants. This smoothie, made with Fair Trade Certified Steaz Cactus Water, augments these natural benefits with vitamin-dense fruit and protein powder. A satisfying beverage to keep you hydrated and energized on even the hottest days.
And remember: When you use Fair Trade Certified ingredients in your smoothie, cocktail or iced tea you’re empowering the farmers who made them to invest in critical community needs like education and healthcare. We’ll drink to that!