2014-04-30 14.59.23Summer-time is fast approaching which means BBQs, pool days, and beach fun. It’s important to stay hydrated, and believe it or not you’ll need your water to keep those gleaming abs tight when it’s time for swimwear! Your body can go into a state of water retention if it’s not getting enough, so keep the flow steady, especially if you know you’re going to be enjoying a dehydrating cocktail…or two.

I LOVE my water but even I can use some flavor in my life so I play around with Perrier or mineral water with chopped cucumbers, citrus fruits, berries, and even herbs rather than drinking sugar-laden sodas or juice. This stevia sweetened Kumquat Mint Lemonade is inspired by a drink at the famed Nobu Los Angeles called the Kumquat Cooler. It’s super simple to make and if you have  big pitcher, you can just add ice to your glass before pouring. Now doesn’t it look like the mascot of a perfect picnic lunch?

Kumquat Mint Lemonade
Serves 1

8 oz purified mineral water or Perrier
1/2 juice of fresh lemon
4 Kumquats, halved
Sprig of fresh mint
stevia to taste

Muddle kumquats, stevia and mint into a shaker cup. Add the lemon juice and water. Shake till combined. Pour over ice and enjoy with a fun straw!