20+ Summer Drinks

Beat the summer heat with any of these delicious Summer Drink Recipes! Serve these flavored drinks at BBQ’s and parties, or cool off with a refreshing fruit smoothie.

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Beat the Heat

I’ve never been the kind of person to make a trip to a soda shop every day to pick up a drink, but as soon as the weather starts warming up here in Arizona, I immediately start craving refreshing drinks.

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

Today, I have a collection of all of the best Summer Drink Recipes, which include both flavored drinks—great for serving at parties and BBQ’s—as well as some smoothies that are light and refreshing.

Serving Summer Drinks

Before I get into the Sumer Drink info I wanted to share this link to a Lemonade Stand Lo made for me years ago. Not only can your kids have fun serving lemonade, but any cold drink will be sold out on a hot summer day. 

The next post I wanted to share is for a Beverage Station that Lo made for me. It’s an easy fun place to put bottled water, juice boxes and soda cans when hosting a BBQ, picnic or party. 

You’ll notice that the top buckets are holding napkins and other paper goods, but you could easily put paper umbrellas in one, lemon wedges in another and cups in the third. Place a small table with a beverage dispenser filled with a refreshing homemade drink next to the “beverage station”. 

There are so many ways you can serve your drinks. Here are few fun ways you can spruce up the juice:

  • Have fun straws and paper umbrellas 
  • Use cool drink cups like mason jars, or garnish the glasses with a rim of sugar.
  • Make extra juice and freeze it into ice cubes or ice blocks. That way you can have a cold drink without worrying the melting ice will dilute the punch.
  • Carbonation: though it can take several hours for carbonation to completely fizzle out, it’s best not to mix up carbonated drinks too soon. 
  • Use fresh cut fruit in the beverage dispenser/punch bowl.
  • Keep extra punch in the fridge or in a cooler. Fill the beverage dispenser as needed. 
  • Freeze leftover juice into popsicles. 

Delicious Summer Drinks

our go-to Summer Drink recipes

Pink Punch Recipe
All-time Favorite Party Drink - this Pink Drink recipe (aka Baby Shower Punch) takes a minute to make and is made with 3 ingredients including  -  pink lemonade dry mix, sprite, & pineapple juice!
Total Time: 3 minutes
5 from 41 votes
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Sonic Ocean Water Recipe
Copycat Sonic Ocean Water - so easy to make and so refreshing! It's perfect for parties or a hot, summer day!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Watermelon Juice Recipe
Delicious and Refreshing Watermelon Juice - a favorite drink in the summer time! Made with watermelon & strawberries! 
Total Time: 8 minutes
4.78 from 9 votes
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Orange Julius Recipe
Copycat Orange Julius recipe - takes just a minute to make and is a favorite family treat! Ingredients include frozen orange juice concentrate, milk, sugar, vanilla, water, and ice cubes to make this refreshing drink!
Total Time: 2 minutes
4.75 from 27 votes
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Homemade Slurpee
Homemade Slurpee Recipe
Delicious Homemade Slurpee recipe - the kids will LOVE this!! Easy ingredients make this so tasty - club soda, cherry kool aid mix, sugar, crushed ice, and maraschino cherry juice!
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Mint Julep Recipe (Non-Alcoholic)
Disneyland's Copycat Mint Julep recipe - a non-alcoholic drink that is refreshing and DELICIOUS!! Made with lemonade concentrate, creme de menthe syrup, lime juice, sugar, and club soda - topped with mint leaves and cherries!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Sonic Cherry Limeade Recipe
Delicious recipe for Sonic's Cherry Limeade - tastes just like it! Ingredients include 7-Up, cherries, a lime, and maraschino syrup!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe
3-Ingredient Frozen Hot Chocolate - this drink takes a minute to make and is SO delicious!! All you need is some milk, hot cocoa packets, and ice and of course some cool whip and chocolate curls for topping!
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.78 from 9 votes
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Frozen Strawberry Lemonade
Frozen Strawberry Lemonade - this takes minutes to make and is filled with lemonade, strawberries, ice and pineapple juice.
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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The perfect cold drink for sipping on a hot summer day! This delicious Sparkling Peach Lemonade is made with just a few simple ingredients and comes together in just minutes. Fantastic for picnics, parties and showers, too!
Sparkling Peach Lemonade Recipe
The perfect cold drink for sipping on a hot summer day! This delicious Sparkling Peach Lemonade is made with just a few simple ingredients and comes together in just minutes. Fantastic for picnics, parties and showers, too!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipe
Our favorite homemade lemonade recipe - so good! Ingredients include sprite, pineapple juice, and lemonade dry mix.
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Best Strawberry Lemonade
The BEST Strawberry Lemonade filled with chunks of your favorite fruit including strawberries, pineapple, mangos, cantaloupe and watermelon!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Horchata Recipe
A creamy, refreshing, cinnamon flavored drink that will knock your socks off with flavor! It's festive and perfect for any occasion.
4.92 from 12 votes
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Patriotic Drink Recipe
It's not difficult to make this layered red white and blue patriotic drink! All it takes is Hawaiian Punch, blue gatorade, and sprite zero.
Total Time: 5 minutes
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Refreshing Summer Smoothies

Refreshing Summer Smoothies

Tropical Smoothie Recipe
This Aloha Pineapple Smoothie has just 6 simple ingredients- pineapple, strawberries, banana, yogurt, ice, and juice. Tropical goodness in every sip!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe
This Strawberry Banana Smoothie is delicious and made with ingredients you probably have on hand - bananas, strawberries, yogurt and milk!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Banana Smoothie Recipe
Banana Smoothie recipe - a simple, quick and tasty smoothie with bananas, pineapple, juice and ice. It's a family favorite and perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.
Total Time: 7 minutes
4.93 from 27 votes
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Peach Smoothie Recipe
Peaches make the most delicious smoothie flavor! Add some bananas, yogurt, and a little orange juice and you've got the perfect breakfast or lunch!
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.8 from 5 votes
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Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie Recipe
Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothies - a thick and delicious drink filled with strawberries, cream cheese and more!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Fruit Smoothie Recipe
A delicious and healthy fruit smoothie filled with banana, mango, strawberries and more
Total Time: 3 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Peach Mango Smoothie Recipe
A tasty 5-ingredient smoothie, perfect for breakfast or a cool refreshing drink on a hot summer day. With peaches, mangos, peach yogurt, and Orange Peach Mango juice, the flavor is undeniably delicious!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
This strawberry blueberry smoothie is quick, delicious and so refreshing. Not only is it healthy, but its easy to make and is perfect for a meal or even a snack. 
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe
Looking for a way to use up your ripe bananas? Enjoy a tall glass of creamy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie this summer for a satisfying breakfast or afternoon snack.
Total Time: 3 minutes
4.5 from 6 votes
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Orange Julius Recipe
Copycat Orange Julius recipe - takes just a minute to make and is a favorite family treat! Ingredients include frozen orange juice concentrate, milk, sugar, vanilla, water, and ice cubes to make this refreshing drink!
Total Time: 2 minutes
4.75 from 27 votes
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Kristyn Merkley

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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