Refreshing Summer Drinks

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When the weather’s hot and humid how do you stay cool? Do you head to the pool? Do you stay inside with the air conditioning? Do you embrace the heat and enjoy an ice-cold beverage?

alcoholic drinksIf you love the heat and enjoy a tasty drink, here are some delicious recipes that are sure to quench your thirst. There are kid-friendly non-alcoholic beverages that your children will love and some alcoholic drinks that you can make for friends. 

Non-Alcoholic

Strawberry Colada Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to cool off, and this strawberry colada brings you a little taste of the tropics. How about starting your morning off with this tasty concoction?

Simple Strawberry Granita Lemonade

Everyone will love this super simple granita recipe. Combining two of summers quintessential flavors – strawberry and lemonade – this drink is super refreshing on the hottest of days. 

Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade

Fruit-infused lemonades are always popular during the summer. This one takes it a step further by adding sparkling water or club soda to give it some fizz. (You could easily make an adult version of this lemonade by adding some prosecco or sparkling wine.)

Rainbow Coconut Water Spritzers

Summer brings with it a plethora of fresh fruit and this spritzer capitalizes on this very fact. Loaded with the fresh fruit of your choosing, some mint, and coconut seltzer – it’s a recipe so easy that your children can help make it.

Sweet Mango Green Tea

Iced tea and summer are a match made in heaven. This recipe uses green tea and a mango puree to make a healthy tea that doesn’t rely on sugar for its sweetness. 

Kiwi Agua Fresca

Agua fresca translates as “fresh water,” and this one has – you guessed it – kiwis in it. It’s very easy to whip this up in your blender and if you’re not a fan of kiwis – choose another fruit. 

Alcoholic

Tabernacle Crush

Made with muddled peaches, fresh basil, lemon juice, gin, simple syrup, club soda, and Lillet this drink is a taste of all the best parts of summer. If you’ve never tried Lillet before – go for the Lillet Blanc which is refreshing and light in flavor and adds a delicate spice flavor.

Rainbow Sangria

If you want to pretend you’re in the south of Spain, then this summer enjoy some rainbow sangria. Like the Rainbow Coconut Water Spritzers, this sangria has you layering your favorite summer fruits – but this time with some Moscato. It’s definitely a showstopper to look at and tastes delicious!

Kombucha Mojitos

Kombucha is a fermented drink that is known for its health benefits and this summer you might want to try it in these Kombucha Mojitos. Not sure it’s going to have all of the health benefits of straight kombucha, but maybe it will make you feel a little better when drinking mojitos.

Orange Crush Cocktail

How about an adult version of that favorite childhood soda? This one is packed with flavor, and you’ll probably end up enjoying it more than the super sweet soda you drank as a child.

Chili Lime Mango Margaritas

Margaritas scream, “Summer!” But if you want to kick your margaritas up a notch then try these. The chili powder on the salted rim adds just a hint of spice that pairs perfectly with the mango and lime. 

Strawberry Thyme Prosecco

If a little bubbly makes everyone happy then this cocktail is sure to please. The thyme is unexpected but works with the strawberries and Limoncello to make this a very summery drink.

This summer don’t reach for the same, ol’ lemonade when it’s hot – make one of these recipes. You’ll love how they are a change from your traditional summer drinks!

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