Cool Summer Drinks
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.
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.
Strawberry and Mango Smoothies
A little bit of honey sweetens a refreshing mixture of pineapple or orange juice blended with strawberries, mango and banana.
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.
Cucumber White Sangria
Garden flavor infuses this refreshing make-ahead white wine cocktail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This quick-and-easy blender drink, from the Michigan Cherry Committee, combines cherries, milk, yogurt, blueberries or raspberries, juice concentrate, honey and vanilla.
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.
This quick-fix summer soother is a simple but refreshing blend of lemon juice, orange juice, sugar and water. Just shake and serve!