For a delicious cooling drink, try this 'old-fashioned' recipe.
Sarsaparilla is a great blood purifier. It is said to be helpful in cases of rheumatism, skin disorders, sexual impotence, general weakness, and to detoxify the body after taking a strong poison. (Do not attempt to use as an antidote.) It is also used as a natural stimulant of the male and female sex hormones.
Make a large batch of the syrup and then just add it to sparkling water whenever you want a cooling drink.
7 cups honey
2 oz sarsaparilla extract
4 1/2 cups hot water
To make the syrup, dissolve the honey and sarsaparilla in hot water and stir until thoroughly blended. Add 2 Tbsp of this syrup to sparkling water and drink.
[Nothing in this text should be construed as medical advice. Always check with your personal physician or licensed health care practitioner before making any significant modification in your diet.]
This recipe can be found in Foods for Health and Healing: Remedies and Recipes