6 delish (and super refreshing) summer drink ideas

Whether you're lounging by the pool, hosting an evening dinner for your fam or just relaxing with your gals, these refreshing bevvy recipes are sure to make a splash.

Strawberry lemonade


Nothing says summer like a classic strawberry lemonade! If you're a sucker for sweet 'n' sour combos, this vibrant pink drink is the perfect thirst-quenching treat.

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of sugar (adjust as needed)
  • 4 cups of cold water

Puree your strawberries in a blender until they're smooth before straining the puree to remove any seeds. Combine all four of your ingredients in a large pitcher and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Serve over ice, and for an Insta-worthy finish, add strawberry or lemon slices for garnish.

Watermelon mint cooler


Watermelon is 100% the ultimate summer fruit. This cooling blend of watermelon and mint is basically vacay in a glass.

What you'll need:

  • 4 cups of seedless watermelon
  • 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 cups of cold water

Blend your watermelon and mint leaves together in a blender until smooth. Strain your mixture into a pitcher and add the lime juice and honey before stirring well. Add your cold water, then serve the mixture over ice with a small sprig of mint.

Cucumber lime fizz


This crisp drink is cool as a cucumber. For soda lovers who like a little extra tangy taste to their fizz, try this refreshing sip.

What you'll need:

  • 1 sliced cucumber
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 4 cups of club soda

Mix your sliced cucumbers with lime juice and sugar in a pitcher until the sugar is dissolved. Slowly stir in the club soda. For a little extra flavor, feel free to mash your cucumbers in your glass. Serve over a cup of ice with one or two lime wedges for a topping.

Peach iced tea


Iced tea is one Southern classic you can never go wrong with. This fruity twist on iced tea is perfect for a lazy summer afternoon of lounging in the sun.

What you'll need:

  • 3 black tea bags
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 sliced peaces
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 2 cups of ice cubes

Steep your tea bags in three cups of boiling water for five minutes at high heat over the stove. In a separate saucepan, combine your peaches, sugar and one cup of water at medium heat until your peaches are soft. Blend the peach mixture until smooth before straining it into a pitcher. Add the steeped tea and mix well. Serve the blend over ice and drizzle a teaspoon of honey on top.

Blueberry coconut smoothie


You can't make a summer drink list without at least one smoothie. This tropical treat will transport you right to beachy shores and palm trees swaying in the breeze.

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of agave syrup
  • 2 cups of ice cubes

In a blender, combine all of your ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. Add your ice cubes depending on how chunky or smooth you want your smoothie to be. Serve your smoothie as is or leave it in the freezer for an hour for a more ice-cream feel.

Mango pineapple punch


Last and certainly not least is this dynamic fruit duo of mango-pineapple bliss. Try this popular flavor combo for some more tropical paradise vibes.

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup of pineapple juice
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 4 cups of sparkling water

Puree your mango in a blender until smooth. Combine all the juices with the puree in a large pitcher before gently stirring in your sparkling water. You can also use club soda or Sprite as an alternative if you're not a fan of sparkling water.

Looking for more summer recipes? Try some of these out:
🍹 5 healthy, fruit-inspired breakfasts to make this summer
🍹 We found a summer upgrade for your favorite drinks
🍹 You need to try these delish breakfast toast recipes

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by Megha Gupta | 5/26/2024