10 Refreshing Summer Drinks For The Whole Family
Hot weather calls for cool drinks! Whether you want to share delicious summer drinks fun for the whole family or simply want healthy, fruity summer drinks to sip for yourself, here are 10 delicious non-alcoholic drink recipes to make your summer special!
Watermelon Mint Lemonade
Here is a simple yet complex mix of flavors that work perfectly together. Just mix a thawed can of frozen lemonade concentrate in a blender with 8 cups watermelon. Strain the pulp out, then add 5 cups water and muddle 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves. Refrigerate for half an hour and you have a perfect summer drink!
The quintessential summer vacation drink usually takes rum, but you can make a yummy non-alcoholic version with no trouble. Freeze some pineapple chunks and coconut water into cubes the night before, then put them in the blender with 1 can of coconut milk, 1/2 cup of coconut cream, 1/2 cup of pineapple juice and 3 tbsp of lime juice. Blend it all up together until thick and creamy, and garnish with fresh mint leaves and the mandatory maraschino cherry. You’ll think you’re back in the tropics in no time!
Using a cocktail shaker and a wooden spoon, muddle 2 blackberries. Add 1 1/2 oz of orange juice and 1 oz of lemon juice. Add an ounce of simple syrup made with sugar, water, and cinnamon, and then top the whole thing off with some club soda. The berry flavor is delicate, and the cinnamon wakes you right up. Enjoy indoors or poolside — you’ll be glad you did.
Sparkling Thyme Lemonade
Now here’s a new way to serve an old favorite. Make a simple syrup from half a cup each of sugar and water, add 6 sprigs of thyme and let simmer till the sugar dissolves. Wait till it cools completely, then remove thyme. Now mix with 3/4 cup of fresh lemon juice, then add 3 cups of club soda. Pour over ice and prepare to enjoy your new favorite summer drink!
Popsicles are a must during summer, so why not use them as the basis for a yummy summer drink? Get some strawberry and mango flavored fruit pops and get ready to make magic: mix 4 cups lemon-lime soda, 4 cups lemonade, and 12 oz of seltzer water in a large pitcher. Add a cup of cut strawberries and two cubed mangos to the pitcher. The best part is that you pour the drink into glasses and then use the fruit pop as both garnish and ice cube. Also, eating the pop as you drink the drink adds a whole new level of flavor to your experience.
Raspberry Lime Margarita Fizz
This one’s plenty refreshing and still non-alcoholic, but it’s probably less for little kids and more for older ones, just because the flavor of lime and raspberry may be too sour for smaller palates. Mix 4 ounces of raspberry lime flavored water (any brand of flavored water will do) and the same amount of sugar-free margarita mix. Garnish with fresh lime and raspberries and you’re good to go! It’s also wonderful in adult settings for the designated driver in your party. And at only 5 calories per serving, it won’t dent your diet. Don’t forget to rim the glass with salt.
Blushing Arnold Palmer
Named for the pro golfer, the Arnold Palmer is simply iced tea and lemonade mixed in equal measures, which makes it one of summer’s most popular drinks for a reason. But if you really want to make a splash, add just a touch of grenadine on top, which gives it that “blush” and a tangy cherry bite.
Ginger peach soda
Yet another drink that needs just a little extra preparation that makes it totally worth the trouble. Make a simple syrup from 1/2 cup each of water and sugar, mixed with 1 tbsp freshly minced ginger. Simple in a saucepan, then when the sugar has melted, cover and let steep for half an hour. After that, press the syrup through a sieve to remove the ginger bits and refrigerate. Meanwhile, take a fresh peach and cut it into slices. Put the slices into glasses, add 2 tbsp of syrup and top off with ice and soda water. Garnish with mint leaves and you’ll have summer in a glass!
Here is the ultimate mason jar drink for summer enjoyment. Mix 1 1/2 cups of orange juice with half a cup each of lime juice and lemon juice. Pour into mason jars, top with 1 1/2 tsp of sugar, secure the lid and shake to dissolve sugar. Open them up and top off with a healthy dose of club soda and you are all set to enjoy any time. And best of all, you get to keep the glass!
Normally a wine based beverage, this version is alcohol-free and a wonderful summer drink for kids or adults alike. It’s made with four parts white grape juice to one part orange juice, then add chopped oranges, bananas, peaches, and blueberries. Mix with the juice from 2 limes and refrigerate for an hour or two. What you get when it’s done is a fantastic twist on a refreshing fruit beverage.