With the hot weather rapidly approaching, refreshing drinks will be an essential addition to any of your summertime activities. Whether you are laying poolside, coming home from a soccer game or hosting the classiest of garden parties, here are some ideas for 10 refreshing drinks sure to quench your thirst this summer.
1. Rhubarb Lemonade
As far as refreshing drinks go, this Rhubarb Lemonade is definitely a winner. A fruity thirst-quencher that’s perfect for most occasions, it can be put together in less than 10 minutes (not including chill time) with a total of 6 ingredients needed. This particular recipe makes around 2 litres (8 cups).
2. Lemon Lime Coconut Quench
Coconut water is one of the best beverages to consume year long. Referred to by some as nature’s Gatorade, its high amounts of potassium, sodium magnesium, calcium and phosphorus make it the perfect addition to any number of refreshing drinks.
This summer, try this Lemon, Lime, Coconut Quench concoction for when you need to rehydrate or simply when you want to enjoy a cooling, health conscious treat that can be made in 5 minutes with minimal ingredients.
3. Aam Ka Panna
When times of intense heat come about, one of the best refreshing drinks you could prepare would be Aam Ka Panna. Made out of raw mangoes, sugar and an assortment of spices, this beverage is consumed in India and is renowned for its health and heat-resistant properties.
Most of the ingredients can be found at any local grocery store and the recipe is very simple and straightforward. Try it on days when you know you will be outside in the sun for long periods of time.
4. Ginger-Peach Soda
Sometimes there is nothing we want more than to guzzle down a nice, cool glass of soda pop on a warm summer day. Unfortunately, the health benefits are next to none and the hydration level is almost zero.
With that in mind, here is a “healthier” Ginger-Peach Soda alternative that can satisfy your sweet, effervescent cravings and still quench your thirst during a sweltering afternoon.
5. Strawberry Rosé Mint Limeade
This refreshing warm weather drink practically screams summer in a glass. Made with fresh, in-season strawberries, mint leaves, limes and rosé, this Limeade is the perfect addition to any brunch or pool party.
This is a quick and simple recipe where most of the ingredients are thrown together in a blender, added to a chilled glass and toped with rosé. For a more family friendly version, replace the alcohol with sparkling water and serve to adults and kids alike.
6. Sweet Tea Sangria
In the realm of refreshing drinks, sangria and sweet tea individually rank as some of the best options to serve on any hot day. Bring them both together and you get a sweet, Southern-inspired, boozy fusion almost anyone could enjoy.
This invigorating cocktail only takes about 5 minutes to whip up and can be served with slices of peaches, some raspberries and mint for garnish.
7. Grapefruit Citrus Sparkling Mocktail
This Sparkling Grapefruit Mocktail is the perfect combination of slightly sweet, fresh, fruity and obviously, bubbly. Perfect for anyone who loves those refreshing summer cocktail flavors, but without the addition of alcohol. This particular recipe serves only one so make sure to double up for guests.
8. Fresh Cucumber Lemonade
This delightful lemonade, flavoured with cucumber and mint, is a great alternative to a summertime classic. It contains subtle and fresh flavors that work perfectly together and can be consumed with or without sugar. Add in a little salt and you immediately transform it into a new drink!
9. Watermelon Delight
Oftentimes one can make some amazing and refreshing drinks with very few ingredients and in a short amount of time (this list is a true testament to that). This recipe for Watermelon Delight however, beats them all.
With literally 3 ingredients, no chill time and everything done in a blender, this is the perfect drink to serve fussy children and even fussier adults on hot days.
10. Agua De Jamaica
One of Mexicos most common agua frescas, Agua De Jamaica is basically a cold tea made of dried Hibiscus flowers and often sweetened with sugar. It is a refreshing and beautifully colored drink thats sweet, tart and super tasty.
You can find dried Hibiscus flowers in Hispanic markets or in select grocery stores. When in doubt, many online retailers will carry them as well.