I used to crave the carbonation when I first cracked open that Diet Dr. Pepper years ago. Those days are long gone.  Now I have my water bottle in tow everywhere I go and most of the time, I’m content with just that. 

But on those hot days when I’m out weeding the garden or we have guests for dinner, I do like to step it  up and offer a little more.  Here are my go-to favorite for the summer: Simple Lemonade and Lemon Balm Tea.

Simple Lemonade

The lemonade is easy, simple and clean with just three ingredients! See below for the recipe and feel free to add any mint, ginger or berries to make it yours!


  • 4.5 cups of water
  • ½ – ¾  cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup maple syrup

Blend or whisk! Add a few berries or mint sprig or change it to lemon-lime for a twist!

Lemon Balm Tea

I was introduced to the lemon balm tea by a friend this summer.  I’ve had lemon balm growing in the garden for years but have never done much with it. It winters well and is a herb I have clearly been underutilizing!  Lemon Balm is known to have calming effects, help with digestion and improve cognitive function just to name a few benefits.  My recipe isn’t an exact science but it’s been a refreshing drink to have, hot or cold, throughout the summer.  Experiment with your own variations and let me know what twist you put on it!

So, if you have a garden or a pot handy, I highly recommend adding this herb.  It gives all summer long!


  • 8 cups of water
  • A large bunch of Lemon Balm leaves – ¾-1 cup ( I cut a bunch and toss it in a pot of water)
  • A few spoonfuls of honey to your liking!

Simmer for a few hours – Sometimes, I let mine sit overnight and strain in the morning.  Add my honey and into the pitcher it goes. I prefer to drink it cold for the summer time.