15 Cool Summer Drinks | Midwest Living

15 Cool Summer Drinks

Take a break from the heat with a tall, cool fruit or ice cream drink.

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

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

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-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

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

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

This super-easy recipe comes from Ferrin's Fruit Winery in Carmel, Indiana. Ferrin's uses its award-winning Tropical Breeze wine for the pina colada-like summer shake, but we substituted a wine cooler for those who can't stop at the winery.

Caribbean Milk Shake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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