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25 Refreshing Summer Drinks

Beat the heat with these cool summer drink recipes. With both alcoholic and nonalcoholic fruit drinks as well as creative twists on classic lemonade and blended margaritas, we've chosen a collection of refreshing drink recipes for you to try this season.


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    • Tequila Sunrise Margarita

      All you need to make this gorgeous summer cocktail is some Triple Sec, lime juice, and of course, tequila. Red-sugared rims give it a fiery look.


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    • June Bug

      Icy-cool scoops of sherbet give this refreshing, nonalcoholic drink its sweet fizziness, while grenadine and OJ pair up to create its pretty coral color.

    • Cucumber Sangria

      A chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc is the base for this thirst-quenching drink recipe. Toss in sliced cucumber, honeydew melon, and mint leaves for extra freshness.

    • Summer Fruit Daiquiries

      From mango and watermelon to peaches and strawberries, this icy fruit daiquiri has it all. Make it a nonalcoholic drink for all to enjoy by substituting OJ for the light rum.

    • Margarita Jello Cocktail

      Bet you've never tried a margarita recipe like this one! See how to make a jiggly version to enjoy one cube at a time.

    • Sparkling Peach Punch

      Looking for nonalcholoic drinks for your next gathering? Impress party guests with this fizzy drink idea featuring peach nectar, pureed peach slices, lemon juice, and ginger ale. Freeze the punch for up to 3 months and enjoy all summer long.

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    • Classic Margaritas

      There's nothing better than a lip-smacking, salt-rimmed margarita. Fill the classic drink recipe with freshly squeezed lime juice to add authenticity.

    • Watermelon-Basil Daiquiri

      Shake up your summer party with the season's favorite produce: watermelon. The naturally sweet fruit lends a juicy crispness, while light rum and basil add a punch of flavor.

    • Pisco Sour

      This cool cocktail gets a burst of fresh flavor from lime and mint. For a nonalcoholic version, replace the pisco with sparkling water.

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      Blackberry Sangria

      This bright sangria, sweetened with a summer-ripe blackberry syrup, will inspire guests to linger for one more glass. Sprigs of fresh basil make a beautiful garnish.

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      A refreshing glass of this ice-cold lemonade will keep you cool on a hot summer's day. Our classic drink recipe features a cup of natural lemon juice, so you know you're getting the good stuff.

    • How to Make Lemonade
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      How to Make Lemonade

      The one must-do secret to lemonade? It's simple, and we show you how (trust us -- it makes a difference!).

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      Minted Iced Tea

      Liven up your outdoor entertaining -- or just refresh your thirsty family -- with this simple nonalcoholic drink recipe. Orange and lemon accompany the mint that flavors this fruit-infused iced tea.

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      Rose Collins

      A pinch of bitter Campari liqueur tames the floral notes of rose in this poppy-orange cocktail. Sprinkle the lemon garnish with sugar to add sweetness.

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      Blackberry-Bourbon Lemonade

      A splash of sparkling lemonade gives this blackberry-bourbon drink recipe its bubbly appeal. Be sure to pour the syrup in last for dramatic color in every glass, then pop in a few berries for garnish.

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      Tropical Getaway Smoothie

      Packed with mango, banana, and pineapple, this sunny yellow smoothie will take you from your kitchen to the beach in just a few sips. Fresh lime juice gives the summer drink a zesty finish.

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      Strawberry-Coconut Cream Soda

      Indulge in this soda-shoppe drink recipe at home with the help of coconut milk, club soda, sugar, and fresh strawberry slices. Serve it in chilled glasses to keep cool.

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      Carrot Lemonade

      This sunny-orange lemonade is brimming with natural sweetness thanks to fresh carrots and pineapple juice. Plus, it's packed with vitamins A and C!

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      Cucumber Gin and Tonic

      Infuse fresh cucumber into your summer cocktail by muddling up cubes of Persian cucumber and lemon juice in a shaker. Add gin and a splash of liqueur, then top with tonic water for a bubbly finish.

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      Trisha Yearwood's Sweet Tea

      Keep cool with a tall glass of this invigorating Southern staple: sweet tea. Trisha's family recipe is traditional, featuring tea bags of your choice, water, and sugar.

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      Electric Lemonade

      Fresh mint and lemon juice brighten up this zippy frozen cocktail. Make it electric by topping off the frozen glasses with a splash of vodka.

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      Tom Collins

      The Tom Collins sticks to the basics, which is why it remains a classic. Create the bar-favorite cocktail with gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar, and a splash of sparkling water.

    • How to Make a Strawberry Margarita
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      Strawberry Margarita

      Whole strawberries combine with zesty lime wedges in this lip-puckering margarita recipe. The splashes of Triple Sec and tequila are sure to put a zing in your step.



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      Pina Colada Smoothie

      Soft banana and juicy pineapple meet in this nonalcoholic version of the pina colada. Use plain vanilla yogurt as a base, then blend in sweet honey and vanilla to finish.

    • How to Make a Smoothie
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      How to Make a Smoothie

      Watch our video for our simple formula for great smoothies every time -- no matter what fruits you love!

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      Fresh Melon Quenchers

      Pureed fruit blended with ice and sparkling water makes a refreshing summer drink. A spoonful of yogurt adds creaminess, while a skewer of fresh fruit makes a pretty garnish.

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      Watermelon Cooler Punch

      Blended watermelon combined with white grape juice, lime juice, sugar, mint, and club soda makes a refreshing summer drink.

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    • Summer Party: How To Set Up An Outdoor Bar
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      Party Idea: Outdoor Bar!

      Hosting a summer soiree? Here's three easy tips for setting up a pretty outdoor bar.

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      Cooling Cocktail Recipes

      Kick your feet up and chill out with an icy-cool cocktail mixed with rum, vodka, tequila, champagne, or wine. Whether they're infused with fruit or rimmed in salt, these pretty and refreshing cocktails are perfect for summer.
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