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DIY Summer Beauty Elixirs

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It's a warm summer night and you're craving a fun and delicious cocktail, but who needs all the extra bad stuff? We're talking high fructose corn syrup (sugar in its worst form), alcohols, and simple carbohydrates with no added nutritional benefits. Excess sugar and alcohol consumption can wreak havoc on sensitive skin, causing redness, irritation, inflammation, and dehydration. Try these three delicious and non-alcoholic beauty beverages that will keep you entertained throughout the night without sacrificing your beautiful glow!

Cucumber Zinger

  1. 1 Cucumber, peeled

  2. 4 Mint leaves

  3. 1 Cup water

  4. 1/2 Inch ginger, peeled

We're loving this simple tonic-inspired recipe from all-natural skin guru Tata Harper. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until thoroughly mixed. Garnish with extra mint or sip as is, and make sure to serve slightly chilled.

Apple-Tini

  1. 1 Cup water

  2. 2 Cups Granny Smith Apples, peeled and cubed

  3. 1/2 Cup sparkling seltzer

  4. 1/4 Cup açaí berry juice

  5. 1 Cup green grapes

We love the crisp and familiar taste of an apple-tini, but not the fake, glow-in-the-dark ingredients. Make sure to buy very tart apples for this recipe (Granny Smith are ideal). Blend your apples and water well in a blender, then slowly add in açaí berry juice for an extra punch of flavor (and antioxidants!). When you've reached the liquid state, add sparkling water for fizz. Pour into martini glasses and garnish with your "olive"—a fresh green grape!

Watermelon Margarita

  1. 4 Cups cubed watermelon

  2. 1 Handful mint leaves

  3. 1 Cup crushed ice

  4. 5 Limes (Save two for garnish, juice three)

  5. Optional: small granules of rock cane sugar to rim the glass

We love the refreshing slushie taste of a fruity margarita, but tequila's glycemic levels are off the charts! Blend your watermelon, mint leaves, and crushed ice in a series of pulses until you achieve the desired slush texture (for an icier drink, freeze your watermelon before blending). If you have an ultra-sweet tooth, we'll let you rim the glasses with unrefined rock cane sugar. Pour your faux-garita in your glass and garnish with lime slices.

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