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Beat the summer heat with any of these delicious summer drinks! These refreshing drinks are perfect for serving at BBQs and parties!

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Refreshing Drinks to Love!

As soon as the weather starts warming up here in Arizona, I immediately start craving refreshing drinks to sip on.

Sometimes I just want something cold and fruity to cool me off in the summer heat, and other times I get a hankering for a breakfast smoothie in place of a meal.

Why we love these summer drinks:

  • Party perfect. These drinks are both fun and flavorful, perfect for summer celebrations and family gatherings.
  • Fun for all. Every recipe is kid-friendly and perfect for sharing with the entire crew!
  • Practical tips. I’ve included tips on transporting, keeping drinks cold, and making your drinks fun and fabulous when hosting summer gatherings!
Fresh lemonade in a glass, garnished with lemon slices and mint.

Serving Summer Drinks

  • Decorations. Create alcohol-free summer cocktail recipes with fun straws and paper umbrellas.
  • Sugared rims. Use cool drink cups like mason jars, or garnish the glasses with a rim of sugar.
    • Use a bowl of lemon or lime juice and a bowl of sugar. Dip the rim of the glass in the juice, then into the sugar. Let dry.
  • Carbonation. Add ginger ale or soda water to the mixture. Do not mix up carbonated drinks too soon. 
  • Cream. Add a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream.
  • Citrus. Add a spritz of lemon juice or fresh lime juice with the wedge on the rim of the cup.
  • Herbs. Garnish with herbs like fresh basil or fresh mint.
  • Fruit. Use fresh-cut fruit, berries, or even sliced cucumber in the beverage dispenser.

Summer Fruits

Fruit can be added to the beverage dispenser for looks and a bit of added sweetness and flavor, or to garnish the individual cups.

  • wedge of coconut, pineapple, cantaloupe or honeydew
  • raspberries, strawberries, blueberries
  • maraschino cherries
  • sliced oranges, lemon, lime, grapefruit 
  • melon wedges or balls
  • add a twist with cranberry juice, pineapple juice, coconut water, or grapefruit juice
Watermelon juice in a glass jar with two striped straws.

Keep Drinks Cold

  • Transporting. Do not use punch bowls and pitchers as many don’t have secure lids and may spill. 
    • Save empty water jugs to fill with punch or fill large insulated beverage coolers with the punch. Once you’re ready to serve the punch, pour it into serving pitchers and bowls. 
  • To keep them cool outside, here are some suggestions:
    • Ice cubes. Make extra juice and freeze it into ice cubes or ice blocks. The melting ice will not dilute the punch.
    • Frozen fruit. Instead of adding ice cubes, use frozen fruit.
    • Chill extra punch in the fridge or a cooler. Fill the beverage dispenser as needed. 

our go-to Summer Drink Recipes

Blend up a fresh smoothie recipe or a refreshing summer drink with our favorites to enjoy on a hot summer day!

Set out a Beverage Station and enjoy a summer picnic or BBQ!

1 Pineapple Pink Lemonade Soda Recipe

Drinks Pineapple Pink Lemonade Soda Recipe
Total Time: 3 minutes

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2 Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Drinks Homemade Lemonade Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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5 from 27 votes
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3 Sonic Cherry Limeade Recipe

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Total Time: 5 minutes

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5 from 77 votes
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4 Orange Julius Recipe

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Total Time: 5 minutes

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4.98 from 189 votes
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5 Homemade Root Beer

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Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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6 Butterbeer Recipe

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Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 86 votes
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7 Horchata Recipe

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Total Time: 12 hours 10 minutes

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5 from 32 votes
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8 Shirley Temple Recipe

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Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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9 Ocean Water Recipe

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Total Time: 5 minutes

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10 Watermelon Juice Recipe

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Total Time: 8 minutes

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More Refreshing Drinks + Smoothies

I love virgin piña coladas, but I have even more tasty drink options to choose from! Kick of summer with something cool and refreshing with even more of our favorites.

11 Tropical Smoothie Recipe

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Total Time: 5 minutes

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5 from 47 votes
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12 4th of July Punch Recipe

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Total Time: 5 minutes
4.43 from 7 votes
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13 Slushy Punch Recipe

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Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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14 Non Alcoholic Mint Julep

Drinks Non Alcoholic Mint Julep
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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15 Pineapple Banana Smoothie Recipe

Breakfast, Drinks Pineapple Banana Smoothie Recipe
Total Time: 7 minutes
4.98 from 39 votes
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16 Fruit Smoothie Recipe

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Total Time: 5 minutes

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5 from 179 votes
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17 Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

Breakfast, Drinks Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.98 from 42 votes
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18 Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

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Total Time: 5 minutes
4.63 from 8 votes
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19 Best Strawberry Lemonade

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Total Time: 5 minutes
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20 Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

Breakfast, Drinks Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 28 votes
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21 Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe

Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe
Total Time: 3 minutes

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5 from 15 votes
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22 Peach Smoothie Recipe

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Total Time: 5 minutes

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4.77 from 17 votes
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23 Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie Recipe

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Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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24 Peach Mango Smoothie Recipe

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Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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25 Orange Juice Smoothie Recipe

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Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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26 Watermelon Smoothie Recipe

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Total Time: 6 minutes
4.41 from 5 votes
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27 Kool Aid Ice Recipe

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Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
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A Summer Classic!

What screams summer more than a glass of fresh Homemade Lemonade?

This refreshing drink is made with a simple syrup for the perfect sweet-to-tart ratio. It is perfect for warm summer days or any day!

Here is the recipe:

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By: Lil’ Luna
Beat the summer heat with any of these delicious summer drinks! These refreshing drinks are perfect for serving at BBQs and parties!
Servings: 10
Prep: 20 minutes
chill: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes

Ingredients 

  • cups sugar
  • 8 cups water, divided
  • cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, from about 8 lemons
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Instructions 

  • Soak lemons in hot water for 10 minutes to get the most juice from your lemon.
  • Make the syrup while the lemons are soaking: Combine 1 cup water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once the syrup has cooled to room temperature, cover, it and place it in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.
  • Gently remove lemons from hot water. Let cool until ready to handle. Firmly roll each lemon on the countertop a few times. Cut lemons in half and juice them. Keep the pulp to use, but remove all seeds. Set Juice aside until syrup is cool.
  • Combine chilled syrup, lemon juice, and the remaining 7 cups water in a pitcher. Stir lemonade well, and serve over ice.

Notes

Make ahead of time. Lemonade can be made ahead and stored in a pitcher in the refrigerator for 5–7 days.
Variations:
Limeade: Simply substitute the lemons for limes.
Strawberry Lemonade: Place about 1 cup sliced strawberries in a bowl with 2 tablespoons sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes, then mash with a fork or use a food processor to puree. Mix strawberry puree into the lemonade, using more or less to taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 124kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 0.1g, Fat: 0.2g, Saturated Fat: 0.01g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.002g, Sodium: 10mg, Potassium: 38mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 2IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.04mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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Enjoy these Refreshing Summer Drinks!

Whether you’re looking for the perfect drink to serve at a summer BBQ, a pool party, or just to enjoy as a special treat – you’re sure to find several drink recipes you’ll want to try!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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5 Comments

  1. Chris says:

    Love the colours throughout the drinks. Will make sure too try each and everyone of them….

  2. Cassie Chance says:

    I love all of these drinks. Cant wait to make them all.

  3. Sue says:

    I was the cook for my church’s girls camp and brought up the strawberry lemonade for the special Friday night dinner. Big hit!

  4. Joy says:

    Love so many of these!! We make your pink pineapple drink ALL the time!! It’s our absolute favorite!! I’ll be making your pina colada drink this week!

  5. Olivia says:

    Such a great place to serve up the best drinks! A drink for every occasion. Love it!