Summer is finally here! We are loving the hot sunny weather, warm nights and long beach-perfect days. We are also looking forward to all the great summer parties that are sure to happen. Nothing is better than a summer garden party or late night barbecue! Summer is all about relaxing, having fun and enjoying life.
One thing that you definitely need in order to make your summer perfect is a delicious, refreshing drink. After all, you need to stay cool and stay hydrated. A tasty summery beverage will help you do just that!
But why stop at one great summer drink? Why not have a few options? That is why we made a list of our top 5 favorite summer drink recipes that are sure to put a smile on your face. Each drink is refreshing, delicious and quick to put together. They are all non-alcoholic and great for anyone to enjoy, from kids to adults.
Before we jump into our favorite summer drink recipes, let’s talk a little more about summer beverages and what you need to craft the perfect summer swill.
Perfect Summer Drinks
What makes a great summer drink? A few boxes need to be checked in order for a drink to be summer-approved. Here are the things we look for in a great warm weather drink:
- Refreshing and cold
- Easy to make
- Very flavorful
- Light, not heavy or hearty
If a drink meets these criteria, then it is probably perfect for summertime sipping.
Of course, you can bend these rules a little bit. For example, if the sun sets of a hot summer day and you are feeling a little chilly, a warm drink may help. Yet, as a rule, a true summer drink needs to be cold!
All of our top 5 summer drinks are served chilled or blended with ice. We like to think of summer drinks as something you are enjoying when the weather is hot. That means cold and refreshing is key!
Easy Summer Drinks
One of the biggest things we look for when crafting warm weather beverages is ease. When the sun is shining and there is not a cloud in the sky, you likely want to be outside. Summers are busy and no one wants to be stuck in the kitchen for hours making complicated recipes. A good summer drink is fast to prepare. All of our recipes take less than 10 minutes to put together! You will be enjoying a refreshing beverage in no time.
Many of our drink recipes can be made in advance. For example, you can make a big pitcher of our strawberry ginger lemonade and store it in the fridge. Pour yourself a glass anytime you need a tasty way to cool down. Making drinks ahead of time is an even easier way to add some flavor to your day.
Seasonal Summer Drinks
We love to use fresh, in-season ingredients. This often means fresh fruits or even vegetables. Summer in when many tasty berries, melons and tropical fruits are in season. Put those flavorful ingredients to good use and enjoy the taste of summer in a glass!
Top 5 Summer Drink Recipes:
Here are our favorite 5 non alcoholic summer drink recipes. Try them all- you can’t go wrong!
Our strawberry ginger lemonade is made with fresh strawberries. Strawberries are in season in the beginning of the summer and a great way to welcome the hot weather season. This lemonade is sweet, sour and has a nice zesty kick thanks to the fresh ginger. Make a big pitcher and serve it any garden party, baby shower or outdoor afternoon event. It takes the classic summer lemonade to a whole new level.
The mojito is a definitive summer drink. Our virgin raspberry mojito is even better than the traditional mojito. We use fresh summer raspberries and bright mint leaves to make this delicious mocktail. A touch of seltzer gives the mojito a wonderful, bubbly fizz. Our mojito is refreshing, non-alcoholic and the epitome of a perfect summer drink.
Forget about basic orange juice in the morning! Start your day with this healthy citrus drink. Kombucha is a naturally carbonated beverage that is full of health benefits. From helping improve your gut health to giving you extra vitamin C, there are a lot of reasons why you should ditch the OJ and convert to a daily glass of kombucha. Our grapefruit kombucha recipe is perfect for any warm summer morning. A touch of honey and sprig of rosemary adds a ton of flavor to the irresistible drink. You can make two perfect cups of grapefruit kombucha in just 5 minutes!
Fresh, juicy summer peaches blended into a thick smoothie sounds like the perfect drink for a hot afternoon. Our peaches and cream smoothie recipe is made with Greek yogurt which makes this tasty drink a meal in a glass. Whether you drink this smoothie as a snack, a meal or as a way to stay cool on the beach, it is sure to become part of your summer routine.
What is more summery than a big slice of watermelon? We took that juicy, watermelon taste and blended it right into our watermelon margaritas. Fresh lime juice, agave nectar and ripe watermelon are pureed into margarita perfection. You don’t need any alcohol to make this drink taste good! We know this margarita mocktail will be your new summertime obsession.
Refreshing Summer Drinks
Summer is definitely here and that means you need to start trying a few of these tasty drinks. We can’t decided which is our favorite so we just make them all! This will probably be what you do too. And guess what, we have even more incredible refreshing drinks on our recipe page. There are enough amazing recipes to last you all summer. Let us know which ones are your favorites!
Now, whip up a drink and head outside into that warm summer sun we have all been waiting for. Enjoy!