10 Summer Drink Recipes You Need to Know How to Make

With summer in full swing, it’s hard to find  relief from the scorching summer heat. When the weekend rolls around (or after a long day at work), nothing compares to a refreshing drink. Most fruity summer drinks are packed with carbs, so you might feel like skipping out on trying that new drink recipe you saw or ordering that “froofroo” drink when out to dinner. We have compiled this list of summer drink recipes that are full of fruit (and alcohol), not calories and regrets.

Skinny Piña Colada

Nothing compares to a cold, refreshing Piña Colada on a summer day. The pineapple adds a lovely fruity taste that everyone can appreciate. Most Piña Coladas are packed full of sugar and calories, however by substituting certain ingredients, you can enjoy a cool Piña Colada without feeling guilty about it! This recipe is budget friendly too!

Ingredients:

2 oz Coconut Rum, 5 oz coconut water, 2 oz pineapple juice

 

Directions:

First, combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. After combining ingredients, shake and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of pineapple or a Maraschino cherry.

Honey Limeade

This drink is liquid gold because it has so many benefits! Honey is used as a natural sweetener and can be used for healing wounds, cough medicine, energy booster, allergy reliever, and so much more! This drink is full of antioxidants and vitamins because it has so many healthy and natural ingredients in it! The basil adds a unique twist to this refreshing drink to help beat the summer heat.

Ingredients:

1 cup honey, 1 cup water, 1 cup of rum, 12-15 medium size fresh limes and 1 more for garnish, 1 cup of lime juice, 1 cup strawberries, sliced – plus more as garnish, 1/4 cup of basil,chopped – plus more as garnish, ice, water

Instructions:

Place honey and 1 1/2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Cook until honey is completely dissolved. Set aside and let it cool. Zest 3 limes and place the zest in the saucepan with the dissolved honey. Squeeze the juices of the limes. You should have around one cup of lime juice. Place the honey mixture and lime juice in a pitcher. Add in sliced strawberries and chopped basil. Add in 5 cups of cold water and rum and give it a good stir. Place it in the fridge to cool for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, pour limeade into glasses filled with ice and garnish with chunks of strawberries and fresh basil leaves.

 

Strawberry-Kiwi Cocktail

Strawberry and kiwi go together flawlessly. Kiwi is a delicious super fruit that works wonders on hair and nails, and strawberries are packed full of antioxidants and vitamin C. By including almond milk or another dairy product, you get a drink full of calcium, iron, and fiber. This drink is best served by a cold pool on a sunny day.  

Ingredients:

1 handful of ice, 1 ounce vodka, 1.5 ounces whipped vodka, 1 ounce almond milk (or another milk product of your choice), 4-5 squirts of Kiwi Strawberry flavored Dasani Drops, 1/2 cup orange juice and a splash of diet lemon-lime soda to fill the top of your glass.

Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, vodkas, almond milk (or milk product of choice), kiwi-strawberry flavoring, and orange juice. Make sure the lid is on tight and start shaking! Pour into a 12 ounce glass. Top with a splash or two or diet lemon lime soda. Garnish with fresh strawberries or kiwi slices. For a fun twist, pink starburst add a new flavor to this delicious drink.

Raspberry-Watermelon Sangria

When it comes to summer fruits, watermelon is the star of the show. Watermelon is an excellent source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that prevents heart disease and all sorts of cancers. Legend has it that watermelon can even relieve muscle soreness! This delicious drink is full of vitamin C which can help the next morning if you have a glass too many. Also, who doesn’t love sangria?! Sangria is a great way to have a good time and eat a healthy snack at the same time!

Ingredients:

1 small seedless watermelon, rind removed, flesh cut into large chunks (about 4 cups) 1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced, 1 cup reserved for garnish, 1 bottle of cold rose wine, 1 cup vodka, 1 cup fresh orange juice, 1/2 cup orange liqueur, 1 orange, sliced, 1 lime, sliced

Instructions:

Add the watermelon and strawberries in a blender and blend until smooth; add a splash of the vodka if needed to get the fruit pureed. Strain into a large pitcher; you will need about 4 cups total juice. Add the rose, vodka, orange juice and liqueur and stir to combine. Add the orange and lime slices, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours. Just before serving, add the reserved strawberries. Serve in glasses over ice and enjoy!

Bloody Mary

Nothing compares to a Bloody Mary. However, most store bought mixes are filed with sodium and carbs. Ew! By making your own mix, it’s easier to control what goes in and what stays out! By using fresh ingredients, you are able to preserve a lot of the antioxidants and vitamins that aren’t in other mixes.

Ingredients:

3 chopped, medium ripe organic tomatoes, ½ cup organic baby carrots, a dash basil leaves, 1 small onion, lemon juice, 3 ounces vodka (1.5 ounces per drink), half teaspoon sea salt, dash of freshly ground black pepper, 2 dashes of hot sauce, 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish (optional), fresh celery stalks and olives for garnish

Instructions:

Add tomatoes, carrots, basil and onion to food processor and pulse until chopped. Scrape sides of processor and pulse again until pureed. Run the juice through a sieve over a bowl if you’d prefer a smoother texture. Stir until just the pulp and seeds remain. Add tomato juice to a shaker along with vodka, lemon juice, salt, pepper, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and horseradish if desired. Shake for at least 15-30 seconds. Pour into a cocktail glass full of ice cubes. Garnish with celery sticks and olives.

Spiked Blueberry Lemonade

Lemonade is one of the best drinks to have on a warm summer day. By throwing in blueberries, which are packed full of potassium, you have the perfect refreshing summer drink. This is also very easy to make, so this is perfect for a quick drink.

Ingredients:

1 ounce fresh whole blueberries, 1½ ounces blueberry vodka, ¼ ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur, 6–8 ounces lemonade, 1 lemon wedge, sprig fresh mint

Instructions:

Muddle blueberries in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Add vodka, St-Germain, lemonade and shake. Strain into tall glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and mint.

Rum Punch

One sip and you’re in paradise. This drink screams tropical vacation. This yummy drink is low on calories and packed with fruit! The cranberry juice in this drink fills it with antioxidants, and the orange juice helps out with lowering cholesterol.  

Ingredients:

1 ounce Red Rum, 1 ounce mango rum, 1.5 ounces cranberry juice, 1.5 ounces orange juice, 1.5 ounces pineapple juice, ice, pineapple slices for garnish

Instructions:

Fill a glass with ice. Add the rums. Add in the three juices. Garnish with a pineapple slice.

Raspberry Mango Margaritas

When the Mexican food craving hits, go for this frozen cocktail. Margaritas and summertime are one of the best combinations out there. For the perfect Instagram worthy drink, be sure to mix the raspberry then mango! Mangos work WONDERS for clearing skin! They are also very high in iron.  Garnish with raspberries, mango, or limes. Don’t forget to salt the rim!

Ingredients:

For the Raspberry Margaritas: 1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries, 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, 3/4 cup tequila, 1/4 cup raspberry liqueur, 1 tablespoon Splenda (optional, for a sweeter drink), 2 cups ice (hearty cups!)

For the Mango Margaritas: 2 cups frozen mango, 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, 3/4 cup tequila, 1/4 cup triple sec, 1 tablespoon Splenda (optional, for a sweeter margarita), 2 cups crushed ice

Instructions:

For the Raspberry Margaritas: Combine ingredients in the body of a blender and pulse until smooth. Pour into a large pitcher, wash out the blender and repeat for mango margaritas.

For the Mango Margaritas: Combine ingredients in the body of a blender and pulse until smooth. Fill each glass with half of the raspberry mix, then top with half of the mango mix. Serve at once!

Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade

If your drink of choice is whiskey, this is for you. Lemonade is a summer classic. Blackberries are a summer classic, and they help strengthen your immune system and improve heart functions. Why not combine the two for a delicious drink? Adding mint promotes proper digestion and weight loss. The mint also tastes AMAZING with the blackberry.

Ingredients:

12 blackberries, 4 mint leaves, 2 oz simple syrup, 3 oz. Irish whiskey, 3 oz. lemon juice, Sparkling Water (chilled)

Instructions:

Muddle the blackberries, mint and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker until well combined. Add the Irish whiskey and lemon juice to the shaker and fill it with ice. Shake well to combine all ingredients and strain over two tall ice filled glasses. Top off with sparkling water and garnish with mint, blackberry and lemon slice.

Frozen Watermelon Coconut Mojito

Mojitos are one of the most refreshing drinks out there, so imagine how amazing one would be with watermelon. Then imagine how amazing one would be with coconut. This refreshing twist on a classic drink will have people begging for more. This drink is best topped with a slice of watermelon.

Ingredients:

1 can coconut cream, 1/4 cup lime juice (about two small limes), 20 fresh mint leaves, 6 cups watermelon, chopped pretty small and frozen, 1/2 cup coconut rum, coconut, lime wedges, mint sprigs, and watermelon wedges for serving

Instructions:

Pour can of coconut cream, lime juice and mint leaves in the blender and blend until smooth. Add the frozen watermelon chunks a little at a time and blend until smooth, adding more coconut water if necessary. Allow your watermelon to thaw for about 20 minutes first if needed. Add rum. Adjust all ingredients to taste and blend until smooth.

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