Thirsty? Why spend money on marked up store-bought bevvies when you can make them at home? Try these frugalista-approved drink recipes—your wallet will thank you!
By Amrita Singh
Blended Iced Coffee
Forget the lineups and jacked up prices. Channel your inner barista and blend your own frozen pick-me-up!
1 cup extra-strong brewed coffee (instant is fine), cooled
3/4 cup whole milk
3 tbsp sugar (or sweetener, to taste)
2 cups ice
Pinch of xanthan gum
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
Store-bought: up to $5 ea.
Frugalista drink: $0.35 ea.
Aloe Vera Juice
Many people drink aloe vera juice for better digestive health. In fact, some say it also helps soothe joint pain and detoxify the body.
1 aloe vera leaf (homegrown or store-bought)
- Cut off base of the leaf and trim away side spikes. Let leaf sit upright in a container for 30 minutes so that the bitter sap drains from the leaf. (The amount will depend on the aloe variety you're using; there may not be any.)
- Once drained, fillet the leaf by removing the top layer to reveal the gel inside. Scoop the clear gel into a container. (Be sure to make use of all that great gel left clinging to the leaf on your hands and face!)
- Fill a pitcher with water and add gel from the leaf. Let it stand in the fridge for 8 hours so that the water infuses with the aloe vera. Strain water into another pitcher, drink and enjoy!
- Refill the main pitcher with more water and let it infuse with the remaining gel. Repeat until gel dissolves completely.
Store-bought: up to $20
Frugalista drink: $5/leaf
Whether you're young or old, when sickness strikes, replenishing your system with electrolytes is key. Save yourself a trip to the drugstore with this recipe, courtesy of the World Health Organization.
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
8 tsp sugar
1 L water
- Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher; store in fridge or on counter. Drink one cup when watery diarrhea strikes. Follow up with the BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast.
Store-bought: up to $10/bottle
Frugalista drink: $0.25/litre