There is something about summer and drinks. Maybe its because every day feels like vacation (or you wish it did). Summer means relaxing by the pool, backyard cookouts, and having fun. The easiest way to turn a regular, boring summer day into a fun one is to mix up a tropical drink. Even if you have to work all summer, take a mental vacation by sitting outside with something cold and fruity. Here are six summer drink recipes that will keep you cool.
Summer drink recipes
Tranya is a Star Trek invention. It has made an appearance in the original series and in Deep Space Nine. Even if you have never seen an episode of either, the blend of juices is delicious. This summer drink recipe is made with lemon, lime and orange juices. Add a natural sweetener and you have a mixed drink you won’t mind serving to the kids. For a variation, mix it half-and-half with cold tea. Get the recipe for tranya.
Pineapple dreamsicle smoothie
This smoothie is simple and fruity. It has a mix of sweet and tart, which is perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. Plus, it has a fun yellow color that is all natural. Get the recipe for a pineapple dreamsicle smoothie.
This classic drink is one that everyone loves. You can find it at most restaurants, but odds are that it will be made with soda. My version can be made bubbly using carbonated water, but it is much, much lower in sugar. Get the recipe for cherry limeade.
This is not your regular sugar-and-food-dye drink. This is homemade from natural ingredients and is actually healthy. If you don’t use stevia, just swap out another natural sweetener, like honey. I’d be happy to let my kids drink this one. Get the recipe for zero-calorie cool-aid.
Orange sunrise smoothie
I’m a big fan of smoothies, but not too alert in the morning. Fortunately this also makes a good afternoon pick-me-up. This one tastes just like the drive-in restaurant version with ice cream, orange juice, and fresh fruit. Get the recipe for the orange sunrise smoothie.
Melon ball punch
Okay, the secret to making this drink eye-catching is all in the shape. Making a perfectly round melon ball takes some practice, so you might just have to make this punch several times. Any excuse for a summer party, right? This recipe seems like a cocktail, but it’s alcohol-free. Get the recipe for melon ball punch.
My kids like to drink tea, but I make them decaf. They also prefer it loaded with sugar. Instead of scooping in the white stuff, this recipe includes fruit juice. There are several combinations that can be served as a hot winter or cold summer drink. This drink isn’t just for kids though – adults will like it too. Get the recipe for a teasplash.
Creamy, fruity, sweet, and tart. I don’t even know where to start with this drink. If you’ve never heard of coco lopez (like me), it’s cream of coconut. For this drink, you could substitute coconut milk. It would taste right, but be a little thinner. Get the recipe for lava flows.
If you asked them, my children would tell you that they don’t like mango. But if you serve them one of my mango recipes, they would happily eat it. Mango has a kind of earthy flavor. It is easily disguised though, by mixing it into a recipe. This smoothie has all the tropical sweetness and none of the woodiness. Get the recipe for a mango smoothie.
There’s something about summertime that screams tropical island drinks. This fruity frozen drink looks like a sunrise. It can be made with or without alcohol. Get the recipe for tropical twisters.
In the summer, you are supposed to drink more water. Most people should probably be drinking more water the rest of the year too. (Note: I’m not a doctor, but my doctor is forever telling me to drink more water.) If you are someone who thinks water tastes funny or boring, you will love this fruit water. It can be made in minutes with whatever fruit, vegetables and herbs you have on hand. Yes, vegetables. No sugar needed. Get the recipe for fruit water.
This is a classic party cocktail made with alcohol. Mixing it up is all about ratios, so if you like your drinks a little less boozy, you could always add more juice. Get the recipe for a fuzzy navel.
Skinny berry milkshakes
Milkshakes are perfect in the summertime. If you need a low-calorie version, this one is made with light ice cream and 1% milk. It also has lots of fresh berries! Get the recipe for skinny berry milkshakes.
All of these summer drink recipes can, of course, be served throughout the rest of the year. They make a great summer party beverage and are easy enough to mix up on a regular day too.
Which summer drink recipe would you like to have today?
Disclaimer: Always drink responsibly. Don’t make me sound like your mama.