Thought aloe vera was just for sunburned skin? Yes, aloe is the perfect soother for inflamed skin—but that’s not all! This incredible plant is packed with vitamins and amino acids [source]. It has been shown to reduce wrinkles [source] and combat aging of the skin from UV radiation [source]. Plus, it increases immune function, fights cancer [source], acts as an anti-inflammatory agent [source], and works as an antioxidant to help detoxify the body’s tissues and organs [source].
10 Amazing Aloe Drinks
Every house should have an aloe plant on hand for random bug bites and burns [source]. It’s the perfect low-maintenance plant, but you do need to learn how to harvest aloe if you want to use its goodness on your skin or in food recipes.
Turn this healing plant into one of these delicious aloe drinks, or store up the precious liquid into ice cubes to add a hint of flavor to your water. This summer, don’t be caught without your aloe—it’s good for you inside and out!
1. Cucumber Aloe Water
Drink up to take advantage of aloe vera’s natural healing abilities on the inside. Aloe water can help soothe internal inflammation. But buying pure aloe juice can quickly cost a pretty penny. Learn how to easily make your own aloe water at home.
2. Raspberry Aloe Water
Why drink plain water when you can turn it into a skin-clearing elixir? With anti-inflammatory raspberries, vitamin-rich beet powder, and the moisturizing effects of aloe vera, this raspberry aloe water is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins to help protect your skin while improving its hydration on hot summer days.
3. Healing Aloe Smoothie
Don’t let the look of this healing aloe smoothie fool you—it uses kale and the fresh gel from inside the aloe leaf (although you could use pure store-bought aloe juice), so it’s super fresh to help clear out the digestive tract and boost the immune system.
And if you find aloe water a little hard to swallow on its own, this smoothie is naturally sweet, using organic apple juice and strawberries to deliciously hide any unpleasant taste.
4. Love-Your-Liver Aloe Juice
Cucumber and celery have a high water content, making this mellow Love Your Liver aloe juice a perfectly cooling, hydrating treat when you need a fresh pick-me-up.
5. Strawberry Lemonade Aloe Vera Smoothie from Blissful Basil
This strawberry lemonade aloe vera smoothie (via Blissful Basil) is equal parts deliciously refreshing and soothingly detoxifying. Try mixing in a myriad of different berries for tasty alternatives.
6. Watermelon Coconut Aloe Juice from Will Frolic for Food
This drink is one of the most hydrating, delicious things you can put in your body. The mouth-watering combination of watermelon, coconut water, and aloe juice will saturate your cells with moisture, cool you down, and soothe your stomach.
7. Aloe Cucumber Cooler from Arsenic Lace
Herbal and earthy aloe vera and cactus tea simple syrup combine delectably with gin, muddled mint, and cucumber to make a delicious, cooling cocktail.
8. Digestion 101 Juice from Hello Glow
Hydrating celery and cucumber combine with parsley, lemon, and aloe vera juice—all of which help your liver detox from all the extra boozeorparty food.
9. Aloe Lemonade from Kumquat
For an especially crisp and refreshing summer thirst quencher, opt for aloe lemonade (via Kumquat). It’s the perfect accessory for those long, sunny summer days.
10. Skinny Aloe Vera Martini
Searching for a guilty pleasure with not too much guilt? A skinny aloe martini may just do the trick. No-sugar George’s aloe vera juice mixed with fresh lime, mint, and cucumber will satisfy your slightly sinful side. Want to use fresh aloe juice? Check out our Healing Aloe Smoothie recipe to learn how to harvest the gel from an aloe plant.
Aloe Vera Martini
- Cocktail shaker
- Muddler or spoon
- 1-2 slices cucumber
- 4-5 mint leaves
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 ounces vodka Lizanne recommends Grey Goose
- 1 ounce aloe vera juice
- Combine cucumber slices, mint leaves, lime juice and sugar in a shaker and crush with a muddler or spoon. Add vodka and aloe vera juice and fill with ice.
- Cover and shake, then strain through a sieve into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice.
This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Gina Jansheski, a licensed, board-certified physician who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.167
Jenna at Highcode says
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Some of these look amazing! With summer coming, I’ll be trying a few for sure! I’ve also been reading about Aloe Arborescens, a close cousin to Aloe Vera, but supposedly with even higher concentrations of the same healing properties. Have you ever tried Aloe Arborescens juice in any of these recipes? There’s even been a few books written about its health benefits. I found some good info at aloearborescens.org
Anyway, they say mixing it with honey is the best, and if you can crush up the whole leaf instead of using just the juice, even better. Thanks for the tips on how to help it all taste good!
Stephen @ Total Carpet Care says
Here’s a simple recipe from me.
– Mint syrup or liqueur (anywhere from 20 to 50ml deppending on the personal taste)
– 6-7 Fresh mint leaves
– Some sugar syrup (about 10ml)
– Lemon or Lime juice (or slices) – 10ml should be enough
– Club soda (sparkling water or whatever u call it)
Put the mint leaves in the glass and mash them a little (like you would do for the mojito recipe)
Add some of the mint liqueur.
Add the lemon juice and the sugar syrup.
Put in some ice cubes and top it all off with the soda water.
All of the ingredients and quantities are optional and should be adjusted to fit your personal preferences. Also if it’s a kids party
use mint syrup. For a great gettogether with friends use the liqueur.
For additional effect you can put a couple of differently coloured marrasquino cherries in the glass.
P.S – If you’re going with the lemon/lime slices option – add them at the beginning with the mint leaves and mash them togheter to get juices flowing and mixed togheter.
i tried this drink, it very refresher.
Kat Rosa Olwen says
I love this post! I have aloe vera juice every day in the morning and now I have some new recipes to try! Thanks :)
I’ve been seeing aloe pop up at the store and have been so eager to try it out. Love all these aloe ideas. Must action these soon!