25 Refreshing Summer Drinks

Beat the heat with this cool summer drinks, from blended fruit drinks to creative twists on classic lemonade.

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June Bug

    Ginger ale, grenadine, orange juice, and sherbet are blended for a refreshing summer drink.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   5 mins 
Watermelon Martinis

    Fresh watermelon blended with lemon vodka, lime juice, and Cointreau makes a refreshing drink.

Serving size: 6 large martinis
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Electric Lemonade

    Fresh mint and lemon juice brightens this tangy cocktail.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
Ginger Peach Margaritas

    For a delicious cocktail, combine fresh peach puree, ginger syrup, lime juice, peach juice, tequila, and Triple Sec.

Serving size: 8 generous margaritas
Start to Finish   10 mins 
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.

Makes: 4 servings
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.

Makes: 1 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Watermelon Cooler Punch

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

Makes: 9 servings
Start to Finish   15 mins 
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.

Makes: 26 servings
Serving size: 13 cups
Prep   20 mins 
Chill  4 hrs 
Sparkling Peach Punch

    Impress party guests with this fizzy drink featuring peach nectar, fresh peach slices, lemon juice, and ginger ale.

Makes: 24 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Freeze  overnight
Stand  1 hr 
Sunset Sangria

    In this special twist on classic sangria, ruby-red wine floats atop pale green limeade. To get this two-tone effect, gently pour the wine on top of the limeade in the glass.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Cucumber Agua Fresca

    This recipe for agua fresca (which is Spanish for "fresh water") is sweetened and flavored with fresh mint, cucumber, and lime.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Ginger Pineapple Punch

    This cooler gets a double dose of ginger from grated fresh ginger as well as diet ginger ale.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Chill  2 hrs  to 24 hrs 
Berry Mango Slush

    Berry-flavored carbonated water and fresh summer fruits give this Berry Mango Slush plenty of sweetness without added sugar.

Peach-Mint Green Tea

    Peach nectar and fresh mint add a twist to this lightly sweetened Peach-Mint Green Tea.

Makes: 5 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Mock Sangria

    When guests come over for a summer cookout, start off the festivities with this slimming three-fruit Mock Sangria served over ice. It only has 61 calories per serving.

Makes: 10 servings
Start to Finish   15 mins 
Minted Mango Tea

    Add a sweet twist to iced tea with mango and mint when you make this minted mango tea recipe.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Summerberry Cooler

    This luscious Summerberry Cooler thirst-quencher is loaded with summer strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. For the best results, start with well-chilled fruit.

Chai Punch

    Chai is a blend of tea, milk, and spices. Chai concentrate can be found in the tea section of the grocery store.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Chill  4 hrs  to 24 hrs 
Strawberry Iced Tea

    Especially in early spring, frozen strawberries are a great alternative to fresh in this Strawberry Iced Tea. Make sure you buy unsweetened berries.

Makes: 8 servings
Serving size: 64 ounces
Prep   25 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
Hit-the-Spot Lemon Water

    You'll be amazed at the refreshing flavors that pop out when you soak lemons and fresh herbs in water for an hour or so. No sugar. Just pure, thirst-quenching goodness in this Hit-the-Spot Lemon Water.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Chill  1 hr  to 8 hrs 
Minted Iced Tea

    Liven up your outdoor entertaining -- or just refresh your family's thirst -- with this simple fruit-infused tea. Orange and lemon accompany the mint that flavors this summer iced tea.

Makes: 16 servings
Serving size: 128 to 144 ounces
Prep   20 mins 
Chill  4 hrs  to 48 hrs 
Cook   15 mins 
Madeline's Lemonade

    What makes this lemonade particularly delicious is that it has a little lime juice in it, too.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Chill  overnight
Mulled Raspberry Tea

    This tea drink tastes delicious and sparkles in a beautiful ruby color. Frozen raspberries (when fresh aren't in season) allow you to enjoy this fanciful tea any time of year. It's a nice change from the more common orange and spice variety.

Makes: 6 servings
Cook   10 mins 
Blueberry Fizz

    This easy-to-make flavored ginger ale showcases blueberries, but also includes lemon, lime, and ginger. The longer the berries are in the ginger ale, the more they infuse the drink with flavor and color.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Chill  2 hrs  to 24 hrs 

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