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7 Healthy Frugal Beverages to Enjoy on a Budget

Are you tired of drinking water and the same old beverages everyday? Looking for some tasty (non-alcoholic) drinks that won’t break the bank? You’ve come to the right place!

These are 7 healthy drinks that can easily be prepared at home and customized to your taste. Plus, they are super affordable.

Let’s jump right in.

1. Infused water

This is my absolute favorite frugal beverage. Infused water, also known as detox water, is blended with fruits, vegetables, and herbs to give plain water a boost of flavor. 

My sister got me this bottle infuser for Christmas and I have been in love with infused water ever since. 

There are so many ways to get creative with your water and customize it for your taste and budget. 

Here are some simple and affordable infused water combinations I make regularly.

  • Lemon, blueberry
  • Cucumber mint, strawberry
  • Apple, cinnamon
  • Lime, mint
  • Cherry, lemon
  • Orange, basil

2. Iced coffee (that's not watered down)

You’ll never waste coffee again with this hack! Start with brewing a pot of your favorite coffee.

Then, take whatever coffee is leftover in the pot and freeze it in an ice tray.

Use that ice for your next coffee and it won’t be watered down! This can be done for just about any iced beverage.

3. Homemade lemonade

For this frugal beverage, you can make a pitcher to last a few days, or make it by the glass (like I do). 

Both recipes contain just 3 ingredients: lemons, sugar, and water/ice. If you’re not big on sugar, you can use stevia, monk fruit, or any sugar substitute.

Whole pitcher recipe | By the glass

4. Lemon and orange tea (using dried peels)

Did you know that you can make delicious, healthy tea from lemon and orange peels?

This is a great way to use something that would normally be thrown away!

Fresh peels make a stronger citrus flavored tea, while dried peels make a more mellow tea.

I like to dry my peels and keep them in an airtight container to use to make tea for months. 

Luckily, drying fruit peels is a quick and easy process you can do in your oven.

Here’s how to dry fruit peels:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Peel fruit into long strips.
  3. On a parchment lined baking sheet, arrange peels in a single layer.
  4. Bake 30 minutes or until they slightly curl and harden
  5. Remove and allow to cool.
  6. Once completely cool, place in airtight container.
Store fruit peels in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Source: Julie Blanner

Once you have your dried peels, making the tea is simple.

Steep a few fruit peels in a cup of boiling hot water for 10 minutes. You can add more or less peels depending how strong you want the flavor to be.

Be careful not to steep the peels longer than 10 minutes, or it may turn out bitter.

5. Mocktails

Mocktails are non-alcoholic mixed drinks made to taste like craft cocktails. They can contain a multitude of ingredients such as juice, herbs, soda water, syrups, and more.

Despite sounding fancy and expensive, there are many affordable mocktail recipes out there.

Here are a few simple mocktails I enjoy.

Virgin Mojito Mocktail – lime juice, fresh mint, soda water, simple syrup

Arnold Palmer – Lemonade, unsweetened iced tea

Shirley Temple – Grenadine, lime juice, ginger ale

6. Cinnamon tea

So simple, but so good! Cinnamon tea contains just 2 ingredients: cinnamon sticks and water.

You’ll want to use 1 cinnamon stick per cup of water. Bring the water and cinnamon stick to a boil and then lower the heat. Simmer gently for 15 minutes.

You can add any other herbs or fruit for taste. I love adding orange or lemon peels.

7. Water with a splash of juice

If you’re like me and don’t want to spend money on juice every week but love the taste of fruit juice, this is a great alternative.

By adding a splash of juice to your glass of water with ice, your bottle of juice will last at least twice as long.

Some of my favorite juices to add to water are:

  • Cranberry juice
  • Tart cherry juice
  • Orange juice

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