Drink of the Summer: Chia Seed Cooler

a refreshing glass of orange strawberry ginger mint chia seed cooler

a refreshing glass of orange strawberry ginger mint chia seed cooler

For some reason, when it starts to get hot outside, plain old cold water just doesn’t seem refreshing enough. You need lemonade, iced tea, something fruity, something minty, or maybe something sparkling. Last Saturday at the farmers market I bought a golden beet pineapple ginger chia seed juice (it may sound bizarre, but it was really good) and it inspired me to go home and whip up a refreshing chia seed cooler for the kiddos.

I started with some citrus, but you could use any fruit that is super juicy—watermelon or really ripe pineapple would work well.

oranges and one meyer lemon

oranges and one meyer lemon

If you are using citrus, you will want to juice it. I ended up with about 2 cups of juice. If you are using something like melon, just throw it in the blender.

fresh squeezed orange and lemon juice

fresh squeezed orange and lemon juice

Then you can add any type of fruit you have around. I used strawberries:

strawberries from the San Luis Obispo farmers market

strawberries from the San Luis Obispo farmers market

Then add a little grated ginger because it’s good for you and super refreshing in a cool drink. I learned an awesome trick years ago from Rachel Ray: store your fresh ginger in the freezer and it is super easy to grate. Plus, you don’t end up with a chunk of moldy ginger at the bottom of your crisper drawer.

frozen ginger grated with a microplane

frozen ginger grated with a microplane

Then get a few sprigs of fresh mint.

fresh mint

fresh mint

Toss everything into a blender and blend it up.

fresh squeezed orange and lemon juice, strawberries, ginger and mint

fresh squeezed orange and lemon juice, strawberries, ginger and mint

Once everything is blended, add the equivalent amount of cold water. Taste the juice/water mix. If it’s too tart, add a little sweetener. I was going for a less sweet version of a Mexican agua fresca—not too watery, but not too juicy either. Pour the juice mix into a container and add about a tablespoon of chia seeds.

chia seeds

chia seeds

Stir the chia seeds into the juice mix. For some insane reason, I always use a super long chopstick for this.

chia seeds added to the juice mix

chia seeds added to the juice mix

Chill the chia seed cooler for at least an hour, so the chia seeds can absorb some of the liquid and work their chia magic. Supposedly, chia seeds are super hydrating, so, in theory, you’ll feel great after a tall glass of chia seed cooler:

orange strawberry ginger mint chia seed cooler

orange strawberry ginger mint chia seed cooler

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