Sitting by the pool with some fun summer drinks chilling nearby sounds like the perfect plan to chill out and stay cool this summer. The standard sweet tea and lemonade are good and classic but if you want to give your taste buds a nice adventure and surprise your friends with some yummy concoctions at your next summer pool party, you know the classics just are not good enough. Here are 10 fun summer drinks that you have not tried before and will keep you and your friends hydrated in the sun.
1. Basil Limeade
The traditional lemonade is nostalgic and wonderful but it gets boring summer after summer. Spice things up this summer with this basil limeade! You will still have the same zesty sweetness of a normal lemonade but just so much more flavors. The lime makes the drink a little more tart and the basil adds a herb-y freshness to your drink. It will become your new favorite substitute when the market runs out of lemons.
2. Watermelon Slushie
Everyone wants an icy drink when the sun is beating down your back and you’re sweating profusely. You are so tempted to run out and grab a cold slushie or a simple snow cane. But don’t do it! Make this watermelon slushie instead and you will still get the same chilly vibes. What makes this drink even better is that you do not need to worry about additional sugar! Watermelon, which is already in season during summer, is already super sweet so you better believe your sweet tooth will be satisfied.
3. Lemon Ginger Ice Tea
Ice tea is such a staple. Lemon ice tea, which does change up the flavor of ice tea, has already been done before. If you want to truly make your ice tea exciting, try adding some ginger. It will cut through the sweetness and tartness of the lemon and give your tea a nice zing. You will definitely feel a slight burn if you add too much but that’s also the part of the fun with this drink!
4. Ginger Rose Fizz
Spring might be behind us but that does not mean we cannot still have floral drinks during the summer. Bring some spring fling vibes to your next beach trip with this ginger rose fizz. The ginger, like in the lemon ginger ice tea, will give your soda a little kick, but you won’t even notice it when you taste the rose. Drinking rosewater is a sensory experience with such a wonderful scent and fresh taste. You will love how refreshing this drink is!
5. Grapefruit Rosemary Lemonade
Are you still missing your old-fashioned lemonade but also want to try something new this summer? Try this grapefruit rosemary lemonade! You will still get the great, original flavor of the lemon and sugar but this recipes brightens up the classic drink. The grapefruit adds more sweetness and color to the drink and the herb-y taste from the rosemary will be welcomed surprise. This will be your go-to lemonade recipe if you want to impress your friends with your specialty lemonade.
6. Rainbow Coconut Water Spritzers
Summer seems like the perfect time to indulge in sugary, cold, fun summer drinks when you are already sweating off your calories just by being outside. How do you make sure your bikini body doesn’t slip away by overindulging in too much sugar and still be able to participate in the sweet drinks? Try this rainbow coconut water spritzer! With much less sugar than lemonade and sweet tea, you can still keep your diet but the sweetness from the fresh fruit and coconut water will make sure you do not have to miss out on the sugar high when you are with your friends.
7. Mango Mocktail
Take a trip to the tropics with this drink this summer! This mango mocktail is a mango version of the original orange creamsicle and you will love this twist on another classic recipe! This is the perfect drink for you if you would love to travel to the Bahamas this summer but will need to settle for your community pool instead. You won’t be missing out on any of the fun because this drink will transport you to the beachside. Just ignore the screaming kids at your pool and don’t forget to give your drink a little umbrella!
8. Strawberry Sangria
You don’t have to drink wine to be able to enjoy this sangria. With the substitute of white grape juice, this strawberry sangria will have all the flavors of the traditional cocktail. But you will be able to safely enjoy the pool and the sunshine without worrying about being a lightweight and swimming. Stay safe and try this drink to make you feel fancy and luxurious.
9. Fizzy Pineapple Punch
Red fruit punch needs an update as well. Do not let your little siblings or those kids you are babysitting become nightmares after they drink the red liquid and get a sugar high. You can give them this pineapple alternative with just as many fruit variety as the original and the best part is it’s also fizzy! But don’t worry this isn’t just a drink for kids; give the drink a try and you might want to drink all of it before they do.
10. Cucumber Cooler
Nothing sounds as refreshing and hydrating as cucumbers. While these fruits are mostly water, they give such a light flavor to whatever you add them too. The perfect thing to make with cucumbers are these cucumber coolers. Not only are they super hydrating but they are fizzy and lightly sweet. If you want something easy to drink and not too heavy after a full meal of barbecue, this is exactly what you need as you sip and watch another perfect summer sunset.