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Cool Drinks for those Hot Days

Updated on July 27, 2015

Summer Drinks For All Occasions And All Ages

There's nothing like a nice cold drink to cool you off in those really hot and humid days. It's important to keep your body hydrated so lots of nice cold water is the perfect thing.

But, there are times when you would like a little taste to go with it. They have flavored waters now, but they can be pricy, so why not flavor your own. A large glass filled with ice then water with a lemon or lime squeezed into it or blueberries floating in it or any fruit you love.

Drinks are very popular now. If you watch any of the Food Network shows they always have a cocktail to go with the dinner they are making. Sometimes they even show the children's version to go with the adult version.

Smoothies are the rage now; they are good for breakfast or lunch, which I am having now and will show you in this hub. They are great for a pick-me-up in the middle of the day and great for those picky little eaters who worry you about getting all of their vitamins.

So pick up a glass, go to the fridge and see what concoction you can come with or just have a nice cold glass of water. Enjoy!

How to Make a Blueberry Peach Smoothie

In a blender put:

  • 6 oz. fat free peach yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 fresh peach, peeled and cut in pieces
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 large ice cubes

Blend till all ingredients are smooth and the ice is melted. This is enough for 1 10 oz. serving.


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Fresh Watermelon Lemonade

I know this isn't new but I got the idea from a summertime liquid soap from Bath and Body Works. It's on my sink and it's Watermelon Lemonade. So I thought why not make it?

Fresh Watermelon Lemonade

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice (about 406 lemons depending on their size)
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 1/4 cups pureed watermelon

Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves completely. While the sugar is dissolving, juice the lemons. Add the juice and the cooled simple syrup to a pitcher. Add cold water, 3 cups, more or less. to the desired strength.

Cut up enough watermelon to make 1 1/4 cups pureed. ( Cut in pieces one cup at a time).

Add it to the lemonade and refrigerate till it's nice and cold.

Watermelon Lemonade

Fresh Watermelon Lemonade
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Now Something For The Adults

SWEET TEA SANGRIA


  • 3/4 cup Arbor Mist Mango Strawberry Wine
  • 1/2 cup sweet tea
  • 1/4 cup lime juice

Just mix and pour over ice, add a few pieces of strawberry and mango and sit back and enjoy!

I added some cantaloupe and it was so good too.


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Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade
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Compliments of Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

I saw Reed Drummond make this and had to make it too. So easy.

  • 2 pints of strawberries, hulled and halved and purreed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • about 8 to 10 lemons squeezed
  • Sprig of fresh mint

In a large container, mix together 11 cups of water,2 cups of sugar and lemon juice and strawberry mixture. Stir and taste, add more sugar if you like. Refrigerate until well chilled. A fresh spring of mint in the glass cut in a little of the sweetness and gave it a kick.

(For the adult version add a little strawberry schnapps in the glass and stir. Amazing.)

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      Rachel L Alba 16 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hello Aesta1, I could see your dilemma. So, I hope when you are home you can get a change to try these drinks. My family loves all of them.

      Thank you for stopping by.

      Blessings to you.

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      Mary Norton 16 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Rachel. I used to make smoothies for breakfast but I got tired of buying blenders each time we are working in a new country. But when we're home, these recipes will be useful. It is good to have a variety anyway.

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      Rachel L Alba 18 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Cornelia, Thanks for the visit and great comments. Thanks for voting and sharing also, it means a lot to me.

      Blessings to you.

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      Korneliya Yonkova 18 months ago from Cork, Ireland

      Yum and freshy! The strawberry lemonade is just for my girls. The watermelon one is for me. Thank you very much, Rachel, these drinks are for everyday, not only for hot days :) Voted and shared :)

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      Rachel L Alba 24 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Becca, I'm happy you like this smoothie. I think it's even good for breakfast.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 24 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you JR. That was a very nice comment.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rebecca Mealey 24 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love the taste of peaches with blueberries and have been doing some experimenting with recipes using them. This is perfect. Thanks!

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      JR Krishna 24 months ago from India

      Wow! Strawberry lemonade is tempting

      I am sure this must be a very refreshing drink

      Thanks for sharing

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Emese, Thank you for visiting and commenting. I like hearing from new people. Your comments are appreciated.

      Blessings to you.

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      EmeseRĂ©ka 2 years ago from The Desert

      I love smoothies, I am making them both for breakfast and lunch, too :). Your sound yummy; I haven't mixed peaches and blueberries yet, I will try it next. The other drinks sound refreshing, too, I will need to make the watermelon lemonade also, another new combination for me. Great hub, thank you for sharing your recipes.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you Alicia. They were, I tested them all myself. lol

      Blessings to you.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like the sound of all these drinks, Rachel. They sound very refreshing.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Aww thanks Rachel. Me too from you.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you Kristen, I like seeing your comments and appreciate your vote.

      Blessings to you.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Love all of these summer recipes, Rachel. I'm saving up to get a blender/food processor to make these smoothies. Voted up for useful and yummy!