Summer is the best time to get out there and have fun under the sun. But sometimes, things can get a little too hot to handle. Instead of diving into the pool or heading to the lake, we just stay at home, having four fans on full blast. AC running if youre lucky enough to have it. During these days, you need a different way to cool down.
What you need is a refreshing drink. On this article, we’ll share some of the best recipes for a refreshing summer drink. You might just forget how hot it is outside!
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Take note that if you want some of these recipes to be alcohol-free, you can just sub the alcohol for juice or sparkling water. Always feel free to experiment and put your own spin on these simple recipes. This way, you can impress your friends and family with your own signature drink.
Have fun making these delicious refreshments and prepare to enjoy the rest of your summer!
1. Summer Melon Slushies
We have to start this off with something simple. When talking about summer drinks, we instantly think about slushies. That’s the stock mental image most of us have. So let’s get that out of the way with three different recipes for summer melon slushies.
We say three recipes because there are many ways to make a melon slushy—with different kinds of melons, of course. Here we’ll talk about Watermelon-Lime, Honeydew-Ginger-Mint, and Cantaloupe-Basil. We’re hitting three birds with one stone!
These recipes are super simple, and they can serve up to six people.
For the Watermelon-Lime flavor, you’ll need 1 watermelon, zest of 2 limes, ½ cup of lime juice, simple syrup, and of course, some shaved ice.
For the Honeydew-Ginger-Mint variant, you’ll need 2 honeydew melons, 2 tbsp of fresh grated ginger, 4 sprigs of fresh mint, simple syrup, and shaved ice.
If you want to try the Cantaloupe-Basil slushy, you’ll need 1 cantaloupe, 2 large sprigs of fresh basil, simple syrup, and shaved ice.
Though you’ll have different ingredients, the directions are all the same. Remove the skin and seeds from the melon, cut them into 2-inch pieces, put in a blender, add the syrup and the other ingredients, and blend until smooth.
Strain into a metal loaf pan or square pan, cover and freeze until set. This should take about 8 hours. To serve, use a fork to scrape the surface of the melon ice to create large flakes. Transfer to glasses, and serve with additional fruit if desired.
Here’s how to make the simple syrup: in a small saucepan, combine 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, ¼ cup of water, and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Bring it to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer, but don’t stir, until the sugar dissolves. This should take only 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Tequila Lemonade
Here’s a slightly more adult version of the lemonade we all know and love. Take your favorite childhood beverage and spike it with some tequila for the added flavor. Of course, you can opt out of the alcohol and just make lemonade. But if you want to learn how to make tequila lemonade like a pro, here’s the recipe.
For this mix you’ll need 8 Meyer lemons, 2 cups of ice cubes, simple syrup, 4 sprigs of fresh peppermint, 4 ounces of tequila, a dash of soda water or seltzer, and 2 vanilla beans for garnish. Prep time is only 15 minutes and it serves two people—very easy recipe for a quick and exciting beverage.
To make it, just put 2 scoops of ice cubes into a pitcher, and then squeeze in the juice of the Meyer lemons. You can use regular lemons too, if you want. Add several dashes of sugar cane syrup, add the mint sprigs (torn into pieces), and add a few lemon wheels to make it more presentable.
Then add the 4 ounces of tequila and stir. Place in the refrigerator to chill. Now it’s ready to serve! It’s really that simple. But if you want to take it to the next level, you need to up your garnish game.
Put the ice in tall glasses, pour this freshly made tequila over them, and then top up with some soda water, some more mint, and the vanilla beans. Add a paper umbrella for maximum effect.
3. Frozen Mango Margarita
We’re keeping the fruity theme because it’s summer after all. But because we like to have fun, we’re also keeping the alcohol theme in the mix. Margaritas may be super sweet—and mangoes too—but this recipe really keeps everything simple. And the tequila really helps change things up.
This recipe has a prep time of only 10 minutes, so if you’ve got 10 minutes to spare during a warm summer day, try this out and you won’t regret it.
The ingredients are as follows: one bag of frozen diced mango (around 10 ounces), 2/3 cup tequila (preferably silver, 80 proof), ¼ cup of fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons of orange liquer, 2 tablespoons of superfine sugar, and 2 cups of ice water.
This recipe is extremely simple. Just put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. What a hassle-free way to chill!
4. Watermelon-Jalapeno Lemonade
Lemonade makes it twice on this list because it’s no doubt one of the best ways to keep cool during a particularly hot day. But there are so many ways to keep it interesting. The first lemonade recipe had tequila, and this one has watermelon. Not the most fun substitute, but the jalapeno slices really makes this a unique take on the regular lemonade.
This atypical lemonade recipe has plenty of bite—and it only takes around 25 minutes to prepare.
You’ll need 2 ½ cups of lemon juice, 1 jalapeno (seeded and chopped), 1 ½ cup sugar, ½ seedless watermelon (chopped), 16 fresh mint leaves (optional), and ice.
Simply combine the lemon juice with 12 cups of water, sugar, jalapeno, watermelon, and mint, in a blender. Blend to a puree. Wait for 10 minutes before straining it through a fine mesh sleeve, and then chill. Make sure to serve it chilled: you can also add a lemon wheel on top for presentation.
5. Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea
Regular iced tea too boring for you? Try blackberry-bourbon iced tea!
To make this exciting summer drink, you’ll need 3 cups of fresh blackberries, ¾ cups of granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, 1 ½ quarts of cold water, 6 high quality black tea bags, some ice, and your choice of quality bourbon. You can also prepare some fresh mint sprigs for garnish.
This recipe does take some prep time though, so it’s a good project for a lazy summer afternoon.
Combine the blackberries, sugar, and chopped mint in a large bowl. Mash them together using a wooden spoon or even a potato masher. Let it sit while making the tea.
Meanwhile, you can start making the tea by bringing the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once it boils, remove from the heat, add the tea bags and let steep for around 3 minutes. Then remove the bas and pour the tea over the blackberry mixture you prepared.
Let this mixture sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour. This will allow the flavors to really meld, creating some amazing tea in the process.
Next, pour the mixture through a strainer straight into a pitcher. Press on the solids to get the most out of it. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours. Now it’s almost ready to go!
To serve, prepare some tall glasses and put in some ice, pour in the blackberry tea, and then float a shot of bourbon on top. Garnish with lots of fresh mint sprigs for that Instagram-worthy drink. This drink in particular looks really pretty with its purple hue. But the taste is also impressive. The sweet-tart flavor is complemented by the bourbon. It’s a cool recipe worth trying!
Other Recipes to Try: Ginger Beer
Despite the name, this drink is quite kid-friendly. You’ll need the following: 4 lemons, 1 orange, ¾ cup of chopped ginger, ¾ cup of honey, ¾ cup of sugar, 1 ¼ cup of orange juice, and 4 cups of sparkling mineral water.
Just grate 2 tablespoons each of lemon and orange zest. Squeeze 1/3 cup of lemon juice from 3 of the lemons, then set aside.
In a food processor, place the ginger, honey, and sugar until combined. Then add the orange and lemon juices. Process again. Transfer this to a large lidded container, and add the orange and lemon zests. Also add 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
When it’s ready to serve, strain the ginger beer base into a pitcher. Since you have one lemon remaining, thinly slice it to make lemon wheels. Add it to the pitcher and stir.
Frozen Pineapple Margaritas
If pineapple juice or slushies are your preference, then you can put an adult spin on those too with this frozen pineapple margarita recipe. You’ll need a pineapple, some freshly squeezed lime juice, some tequila, and triple sec. You’ll surely enjoy this naturally sweet margarita.
Here are the ingredients: 2 cups (about 490 grams) of frozen pineapple chunks, ¼ cup of fresh lime juice, ¼ cup of tequila, 1 cup of ice, some mint leaves for garnishing, and 2 tablespoons of triple sec.
It only takes 5 minutes to make since you just add everything into the blender and combine them until smooth and frothy.
These are simple and refreshing drinks that you can try at home. Have fun experimenting by adding or subbing some of the fruits and alcohol for other ingredients. Summer’s all about the adventure. And just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself during this warm season.
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