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Cool Summer Drinks

Take a break from the heat with a tall, cool fruit or ice cream drink. Our recipes include fresh-fruit ice cream sodas, honeyed lemonade tea punch, watermelon lemonade and strawberry smoothies.
  • Fresh-Fruit Ice Cream Sodas

    Fresh-Fruit Ice Cream Sodas

    Puree berries, peaches or mangoes to make vibrant "syrups" for swirling with ice cream and sparkling water. (Or skip the ice cream to make refreshing fresh-fruit sodas.)

    Fresh-Fruit Ice Cream Sodas

  • Honeyed Lemonade Tea Punch

    Honeyed Lemonade Tea Punch

    Using Darjeeling tea imparts floral notes beyond what you find in ordinary black tea, which makes it a more interesting base for this refreshing, honey-laced drink. Keep the punch virgin, or add a tablespoon of vodka, gin or bourbon to each glass.

    Honeyed Lemonade Tea Punch

     

  • Watermelon Lemonade

    Watermelon Lemonade

    Here's a new take on a summer staple, lemonade. Combine homemade lemon syrup with watermelon juice and serve with fun Kiwi Cubes or Watermelon Cubes (or with regular ice cubes). You can also use the watermelon-lemonade mix as the base for a Watermelon Martini.

    Watermelon Lemonade

  • Smoothie Recipes

    Strawberry and Mango Smoothies

    A little bit of honey sweetens a refreshing mixture of pineapple or orange juice blended with strawberries, mango and banana.

    Strawberry and Mango Smoothies

  • Berry-Mango Slush

    Berry-Mango Slush

    Berry-flavored carbonated water and fresh mango and strawberries with a hint of lime juice give this slushy drink recipe plenty of sweetness without added sugar.

    Berry-Mango Slush

  • Cucumber White Sangria

    Cucumber White Sangria

    Garden flavor infuses this refreshing make-ahead white wine cocktail.

    Cucumber White Sangria

  • Green Tea Soda

    Brew this refreshing drink with green, ginkgo or ginseng tea mixed with honey. When the liquid cools, stir in your choice of fruit juices, such as orange or tangerine and lemon or lime. Add assorted fresh fruit and plain or flavored sparkling water just before serving.

    Green Tea Soda

  • Sparkling Berry Lemonade

    Sparkling Berry Lemonade

    Club soda adds pizzazz to this bright, colorful berry lemonade. Based on frozen lemonade concentrate, it goes together quickly for a party.

    Sparkling Berry Lemonade

  • Caribbean Milk Shake

    Caribbean Milk Shake

    Think of this recipe as a flexible formula for making boozy, fruity milk shakes. Substitute black raspberry or peach cooler, or make with lime sherbet and lime wine cooler.

    Caribbean Milk Shake

  • Lime and Cucumberita

    Lime and Cucumberita

    Cucumbers add a fresh take to a traditional summer-cocktail favorite. Just blend with tequila and triple sec and serve in a salt-rimmed glass and garnish with a lime, if you’d like.

    Lime and Cucumberita

  • Spiced Coffee and Cream Sipper

    Spiced Coffee and Cream Sipper

    Blend spiced coffee with chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla or coffee ice cream for a smooth drink that's served like a milk shake. Garnish with whipped cream, chocolate curls, a sprinkle of cocoa powder or a chocolate-covered espresso bean.

    Spiced Coffee and Cream Sipper

  • Mint Lemonade

    Mint Lemonade

    Mix mint syrup with fresh lemon and lime juice for this zesty lemonade alternative. Our recipe also tells you how to use the blend to make Fizzy Frisky Whiskey.

    Mint Lemonade

  • Sunrise Smoothie

    Sunrise Smoothie

    It's no wonder people love smoothies. Not only are they great-tasting, but they're good for you, too. Try this one with a sliced strawberry garnish.

    Sunrise Smoothie

  • Iced Cocoa

    Iced Cocoa

    You don't have to set aside hot cocoa comfort in the summer just because the temperature climbs. We mixed up a cocoa concentrate, then added ice, flavorings and whipped topping or ice cream to create a comfort cooler.

    Iced Cocoa

  • Mock Margarita

    Mock Margarita

    Frozen limeade, grapefruit juice and orange juice make a low-calorie mocktail that tastes like a margarita without the alcohol. Add salt or sugar to the rim and garnish with a lime wedge for the full effect.

    Mock Margarita

  • Summer Fruit Daiquiris

    Summer Fruit Daiquiris

    Choose from peaches or strawberries and rum or orange juice for this chiller. Then rev up your blender. Our recipe includes variations with and without alcohol.

    Summer Fruit Daiquiris

  • Mocha Floats

    Mocha Floats

    The coffee-chocolate blend in this drink is refreshingly cool, especially when topped with scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream. The amounts we give will make about 10 individual floats.

    Mocha Floats

  • Cherry-Berry Smoothie

    This quick-and-easy blender drink, from the Michigan Cherry Committee, combines cherries, milk, yogurt, blueberries or raspberries, juice concentrate, honey and vanilla.

    Cherry-Berry Smoothie

  • Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade

    Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade

    The recipe for this party-perfect homemade lemonade includes mint, raspberry and ginger variations. You can also add 2-3 tablespoons of vodka, gin, rum or tequila, if you like. A festive way to serve the lemonade is over fruit and colorful edible flowers frozen in ice cubes.

    Another great recipe for a party is Homemade Ginger Ale Summer Sodas, made with a ginger syrup base.

    Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade

    Homemade Ginger Ale Summer Sodas

  • Lemon-Orange Shakeups

    Lemon-Orange Shakeups

    This quick-fix summer soother is a simple but refreshing blend of lemon juice, orange juice, sugar and water. Just shake and serve!

    Lemon-Orange Shakeups

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