How often do you treat yourself to some really great summer drinks? If your answer is not that much, then now is your time to treat yourself as much as possible since we are all stuck inside. There is a huge variety of summer drinks that you can make yourself that are simple and delicious. I have included recipes that have alcohol in them, but the majority do not have alcohol and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
So, whether you are stuck indoors trying to find something to do, or out in your yard enjoying the sun, these twelve summer drinks will give you something to do and cool you off from this hot summer weather. Once you taste them, you’ll want to make them over and over again. Enjoy!
1. Jolly Rancher Lemonade
I never thought of Jolly Ranchers as a drink flavor, but this summer drink is delicious and worth making every week. It is super simple to make and it can be enjoyed by the whole family. The only ingredients you’ll need for this summer drink are Jolly Rancher candies and lemonade. Put the desired amount of candy in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for one and a half minutes, then stir.
If you need, microwave candies for additional time until the candies are dissolved while stirring. Then place the dissolved candies into a pitcher of lemonade and then put it into the refrigerator until chilled. Easy peasy!
2. Poolside Slush
This super delicious mix is better than the Slurpees you can get at 7-11 and is the perfect slush to have while enjoying the hot sun outside. It takes ten minutes to make and you only need four ingredients. Here’s how to make it:
You need a medium fresh pineapple. It needs to be peeled, cored, and cut into chunks and then frozen. You need a package of blue Kool-Aid or Blue Hawaiian Punch, one cup of sugar for the Kool-Aid, and one cup of ice. Make Kool-Aid according to package. Then, in a blender, add in Kool-Aid, ice, and frozen pineapple chunks. Use the pulse button until the mixture is in a slush form.
3. Tropical Pink
This summer drink will be your next favorite and is so easy to make! Everyone in the family can enjoy this one together while having the perfect summer BBQ. All you need to make this summer drink is Grenadine, Pina Colada mix, and lemon-lime carbonated soda (or sprite).
This summer drink can be made in individual glasses for the people who want it, or you can make it in a large bowl like a punch. If you are just using a glass, then fill it halfway with ice. Add 1/2 tablespoon of Grenadine, 2 tablespoons of the pina colada mix, and 12 ounces of the lemon-lime soda. Mix with a spoon.
4. Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri
If you are looking for the perfect backyard party summer drink for adults and kids, this is the summer drink recipe for you. If you are looking for an actual Strawberry Daiquiri, you can always make a batch that is just for adults, however, this one is for everyone and is just as delicious.
You’ll need four cups of frozen strawberries, one cup of fresh strawberries (sliced), one cup of simple syrup (chilled), 3/4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon of rum extract, and for a garnish, one fresh lime sliced.
You’ll want to rinse off all of the fresh ingredients. Thaw the frozen strawberries for a minute or two. Slice the fresh strawberries and lime, and juice the lime for the summer drink. In a blender, add the fresh strawberries, simple syrup, lime juice, and rum extract. Blend until all is smooth. Then, slowly add in frozen strawberries and blend until there are no chunks left. Garnish your glass with a fresh strawberry slice and lime slice and enjoy!
5. Limoncello Prosecco
Now, we are going to get into the alcoholic summer drinks that you can make any time now that we are all home. You don’t have to worry about driving anymore, just don’t leave your house! This summer drink, in particular, is perfect for a little celebrating. Maybe you got the job promotion you’ve wanted while working from home, or maybe someone even got a high score on a video game you’ve been playing for days. Whatever the occasion, this is the summer drink to make to celebrate!
For the ingredients, you’ll need 750 ml of prosecco, one cup of limoncello (chilled), ice. For the garnish, you’ll want blueberries, thyme, and lemon slices. In a pitcher, add the prosecco and limoncello and stir. In a glass, place a handful of blueberries, then top with ice and fill with limoncello prosecco. Garnish with thyme and lemon slice.
6. Pineapple Rum Slushie
Pineapple is the ultimate ingredient for any summer drink you plan to make. It is the perfect fruit to bring you into a tropical world whether you are really there or not. Make this your summer drink to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sunshine.
All you need for this simple summer drink is a 16 oz bag of frozen pineapple chunks, 1/2 cup of Malibu, and a cup of cold water. Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend together for two to three minutes. Then pour into a glass and boom, done! Super easy and delicious.
7. Blackberry Bramble
I have yet to try this summer drink, but it looks and sounds so good! Blackberries are another one of my favorite summer drink flavors. This summer drink is a must if you plan on having a social distancing back yard get-together with a couple of your friends. It will be a hit for sure!
What you’ll need is 1/2 cup of fresh blackberries, 2 ounces of Dry Gin, one ounce of Blackberry Liquor (optional), one ounce of simple syrup, one and a half ounces of fresh lemon juice, and Ginger Brew or soda.
To make this summer drink, muddle blackberries with gin, blackberry liquor, lemon juice, simple syrup in a cocktail shaker until their juices are released. Double strain in a fine-mesh strainer to remove seeds. In a rocks glass, fill with ice. Then pour in the mixture and top with the Ginger Brew or soda. Garnish with blackberry and lemon zest.
8. Lime Rickey
Lime Rickeys are seriously one of the best out of all summer drinks! It is super easy to make and if you are a fan of grape, you’ll love this summer drink just as much as me! This one only takes a couple of ingredients and is family-friendly.
What you’ll need to make this amazing summer drink is grape syrup, Sprite or a lemon-lime soda, fresh lime juiced, and ice. In a glass of your choice, put in your desired amount of ice. Then, pour in two tablespoons of the grape syrup, you can always add more to boost the grape flavor. Pour in Sprite or lemon-lime soda. Add your desired amount of lime juice, the more you add in the more tart it will taste.
9. Blackberry Peach Ice Tea
If you are looking for an interesting combination of fruit to make a delicious summer ice tea, the blackberry and peach is a great mix together. The sweetness of the peach and the tartness of the blackberry balance each other out very well. This summer drink is so easy to make and ice tea is just the right summer drink to cool you down.
To make this summer drink, heat up four cups of water until they boil. Steep six bags of Red Rose original black tea in the water. Wait for about ten to fifteen minutes. In a pitcher, pour in ice tea. Add water until it reaches the top of the pitcher and stir while you fill the pitcher. Fill a glass to the top with ice. It will melt a bit due to the warm tea. Add in a tablespoon of blackberry syrup and a tablespoon of peach syrup. Fill the glass with the tea and mix. Add more ice if needed.
10. Virgin Pineapple Mojito
Another pineapple summer drink, one the deserves a lot of praise! Mint is a very soothing herb that can also make any summer drink pop. It’s not every day you get to have a summer drink with a hint of mint flavor. The pineapple will give just the right amount of sweetness to the summer drink and mixes in nicely with the lime and mint.
The ingredients you’ll need for this summer drink are 10-12 mint leaves, one teaspoon of sugar, 100 ml of Pineapple Juice, 50 ml Club Soda, 2-3 lemon wedges, 2-3 pineapple slices, and ice cubes. Muddle mint leaves and sugar in the glasses. Add pineapple juice and stir together well. Add ice cubes, club soda, and garnish will lemon wedges and pineapple slices.
If you’d like to make this a summer drink for adults, add a little vodka. This summer drink will blow your mind!
11. Cherry Limeade
If you don’t have at least one cherry limeade this summer, you are doing it wrong. This is one of the ultimate summer drinks. The cherry and lime together are such a wonderful mix. It is also a great summer drink to have with a nice family dinner or even as a refreshing dessert after your dinner.
You’ll need a can of frozen limeade concentrate, ten ounces of maraschino cherries, one liter of lemon-lime soda, two lime slices, and optional mint sprigs. To make this lovely summer drink, place frozen limeade concentrate into a large pitcher. Add the jar of cherries and cherry juice and stir to combine. Pour in the soda and stir, then add your desired amount of ice. Garnish with lime slices and mint sprigs and serve.
12. Watermelon Breeze
Another must-have summer fruit is watermelon. So why not make summer drinks of them too? This summer drink is fruity and light and will be one that you make over and over. For this yummy summer drink, you’ll need three cups of chilled cubed watermelon, one cup of coconut water, a squeeze of fresh lime, ice if needed, and a sprig of mint. This summer drink is healthy and delicious and one to try with your whole family.
To make these summer drinks, put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. If you’d like, freeze this summer drink to enjoy later on, or even as a popsicle for those hot summer days!