35+ 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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    Cucumber-Mint Smoothies

    What could be more refreshing than a smoothie with cucumber AND mint? This green smoothie is even packed with a secret ingredient: fresh cauliflower.

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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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    Watermelon-Berry Limeade

    Blend up this easy drink in just 10 minutes when you're in a rush to cool off. The best part? It counts as a serving of fruit!

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    Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

    Muddled berries star in this health-friendly tonic. They're mixed with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice for a tasty treat. Garnish with basil or mint, if desired.  

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    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.

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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.

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    White Peach Sangria

    A light white wine sangria calls for a classic summer fruit: peaches! A blend of citrusy and sweet, this sangria will make your guests cheer when you break out a pitcher at your next party.

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    Mason Jar Bourbonade

    Need to refresh? Bourbon stars with muddled lemon in this outrageously easy pick-me-up.

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    Summer Fruit Daiquiries

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

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    Fruity Agua Fresca

    Blend up some refreshing mocktails for all to enjoy! Try one of five flavors: watermelon, pineapple, cucumber, strawberry, or mango. (Or make them all for a colorful sampler!)

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    Sparkling Rosé Blueberry Float

    Your favorite childhood drink just got an upgrade. This adult version features the perfect combo of bubbly rosé wine, icy blueberry granita, and creamy coconut gelato.

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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.

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    Lavender Lemonade

    Go herbal with your lemonade with lavender buds! Amp up the regular squeezed juice with vodka for a kick and honey for sweetness.

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    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.

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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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    Rosé Cucumber Cooler

    Fresh cucumbers are what your sangria has been missing. Here's the proof.

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    Electric Lemonade

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

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    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.

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    3 Vacationworthy Tropical Cocktails

    Ice cold and fruity, these cocktails will please any taste buds in need of a getaway. Three tropical drink recipes are exactly what you need to enjoy a sweet summer evening

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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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    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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    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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    Cherry-Berry Smoothies

    Cool off AND stock up on nutrients with a fruity power smoothie. This one has strawberries, cherries, raspberries, pomegranate juice, and blueberries—that means it's jam-packed with antioxidants!

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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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    Make-Ahead Margaritas

    Move aside, margarita mix. You can prep these frozen margaritas in just 10 minutes and have them ready to go for tomorrow's party—just blend, pour, and freeze!

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    Sparkling Peach Punch

    Looking for nonalcoholic 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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    Cucumber Gin and Tonic

    Infuse fresh cucumber into your summer cocktail by muddling 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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    Green Tea Soda

    You can make your very own fizzy concoction with home-brewed tea and sparkling water! Make it extra delicious by adding fruit slices and topping with fresh mint for a finishing touch.

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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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    Strawberry Agua Fresca

    Agua fresca (literally "fresh water") flavored with strawberries and honey makes a fab light summer drink. Plus, it's nonalcoholic, so you can serve it to guests of all ages.

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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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    Green Protein Smoothie

    This energy-boosting smoothie will have you ready to take on all of your summer activities! Made with almond milk, it's also allergy- and vegan-friendly.

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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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    The Porcupine

    Please both wine and beer lovers with this "spiky" summer sipper: Pineapple and fresh rosemary are the secret to getting your favorite white wine and pale ale to join forces.

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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.

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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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