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

Drinks 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
4.91 from 62 votes
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Drinks 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
4.86 from 7 votes
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Drinks Watermelon Juice Recipe
Delicious and Refreshing Watermelon Juice - a favorite drink in the summer time! Made with watermelon & strawberries! 
Total Time: 8 minutes
4.85 from 13 votes
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Drinks Orange Julius Recipe
Refreshing & simple Copycat Orange Julius takes a minute to make and tastes just like the real thing. It is a favorite family treat!
Total Time: 2 minutes
4.72 from 35 votes
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Homemade Slurpee
Drinks Slurpee Recipe
Chilled Cherry Homemade Slurpees are the epitome of fun times. They are cool, refreshing, & taste so good!
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Drinks 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 9 votes
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Drinks 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 8 votes
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Dessert, Drinks Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe
Frozen Hot Chocolate only takes 3 ingredients and a few minutes to make! Top it off with whipped cream and chocolate curls for a real treat.
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.94 from 33 votes
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Drinks Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Recipe
Frozen Strawberry Lemonade takes minutes to make and is filled with lemonade, strawberries, ice and pineapple juice.
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.58 from 7 votes
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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!
Drinks Sparkling Peach Lemonade Recipe
Delicious Sparkling Peach Lemonade is made with just a few simple ingredients. It's the perfect cold drink for sipping on a hot summer day!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Drinks 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 2 votes
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Drinks 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 4 votes
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Drinks Horchata Recipe
A creamy, refreshing, cinnamon flavored drink that will knock your socks off with flavor! It's festive and perfect for any occasion.
4.93 from 14 votes
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Drinks Patriotic Drink Recipe
This layered Patriotic drink is pure magic! It's not difficult to make, all it takes is Hawaiian Punch, blue Gatorade, and sprite zero.
Total Time: 5 minutes
1 from 1 vote
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Refreshing Summer Smoothies

Refreshing Summer Smoothies

Drinks 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 4 votes
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Breakfast, Drinks 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 15 votes
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Breakfast, Drinks Banana Smoothie Recipe
Simple & quick Banana Smoothie with a splash of pineapple is a family favorite!! It's a perfect meal or a refreshing snack.
Total Time: 7 minutes
4.93 from 28 votes
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Drinks Peach Smoothie Recipe
Peaches make the most delicious summer smoothie flavor! With a pop of orange, you've got the perfect breakfast or lunch!
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Drinks Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie Recipe
5 minute Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie is a thick and delicious drink filled with all the flavors of a strawberry cheesecake!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Drinks Fruit Smoothie Recipe
A fresh and tasty easy Fruit Smoothie that takes minutes to make. It is filled with banana, mango, strawberries and more!!
Total Time: 3 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Drinks 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 8 votes
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Breakfast Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
Strawberry blueberry smoothie is quick, delicious and so refreshing. It makes for a healthy meal or snack!
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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Breakfast 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
4.58 from 7 votes
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Drinks Orange Julius Recipe
Refreshing & simple Copycat Orange Julius takes a minute to make and tastes just like the real thing. It is a favorite family treat!
Total Time: 2 minutes
4.72 from 35 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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