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Top 5 Cold Drinks

Updated on October 14, 2014

Cold Drinks are Refreshing!

During the hot summer season or even when just really thirsty, cold drinks are a refreshing treat for any time and any day. Preparing any cold drink involves adding ice, blending with ice, shaken with ice, or served frozen for different types of cold drinks. Cold drinks also may be prepared hot, then served cold. Cold drinks are refreshing because they can quench any thirst. Cold drinks are also great for anyone who is experiencing a sore throat or a mild fever, but also when it is really hot outside. Some cold drinks are healthier than others, while some cold drinks can make a person feel better. Enjoy an icy cold drink any time or any day!

Consuming cold drinks is a great way to boost a person's metabolism and burn calories at the same time because the body needs to return to regular body temperature after consuming a cold drink, which takes energy and calories to accomplish. Cold drinks always taste better than drinks that are served at room temperature and have they have the ability to cure a person's thirst. Sometimes drinks that are consumed at room temperature can make a person feel sick to their stomach and/or nauseous. Cold drinks are refreshing, but are also more appealing.

Cold Drink Ingredients

Cold drinks are easy to prepare, serve, and enjoy. Almost any ingredient can be used to create a cold drink that is refreshing, but also appealing. Ice is the first and most obvious ingredient to use when preparing any cold drink. Fruit seems to be the most popular ingredient in a cold drink, which is to create a fruity flavor and coloring. Adding fruit to water is the most basic cold drink to prepare, with fruit options that are endless. Another popular ingredient in most cold drinks is ice cream, which is used to create cold drinks such as milkshakes or smoothies. Alcohol is another popular ingredient in cold drinks for an intoxicating effect. Almost all drinks that contain alcohol are served cold. Cold drink ingredients are numerous, but always allow room for creativity and experimentation. Some creative ingredients for cold drinks are:

  • Flower Petals
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Vegetables

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The Top Cold Beverages

There is just something about a tall cool glass filled with ice and topped with some thing wonderful cold to drink on a hot day or when a person is extremely thirsty. Summer time is a great season for cold beverages to be enjoyed by everyone while playing outside and even while having fun at the beach. Cold beverages are the opposite of hot beverages, and the preference of beverage can vary from person to person. Many people love cold drinks that are refreshing and sweet during the warm weather and mainly summer time. So why not combine summer time fruit with the best cold beverages for a more enhanced flavor during the summer season?

There are many different types of cold beverages to choose from, including cold beverages that are prepared with or without alcohol or water and even cold beverages that are poured over or blended with ice. Cold beverages can refresh everyone and some cold beverages can even contain nutrition when prepared with healthy and natural ingredients. Cold beverages are best for hot weather, but can be consumed anytime!

Lemongrass Ginger Ale
Lemongrass Ginger Ale

1. Homemade Ginger Ale

Ginger ale is a carbonated soft drink that is flavored with ginger by either the golden style, which is closer to the ginger beer original, or the dry style, which is also called the pale style because it is a paler drink with a much milder ginger-flavor to it. Everyone likes ginger ale, so why not make it fresh from home? All that is necessary is some sugar, fresh ginger, water, club soda, and candied ginger pieces. This first top cold beverage is number one because it is only 72 calories plus ginger is cures nausea and joint pain. Club soda is low in sugar and also low in other unhealthy ingredients. Try adding unique ingredients to ginger ale, such as:

  • Orange slices
  • Mint
  • Lemon or lime wedges
  • Honey

Raspberry & Champagne Ice Cream Floats
Raspberry & Champagne Ice Cream Floats

2. Frosty Ice Cream Soda

An ice cream soda is a cold drink that consists of ice cream in either a soft drink or in a mixture of flavored syrup and carbonated water. There are so many different variations of this cold beverage and everyone loves ice cream. Why not mix ice cream with soda for an incredible frosty cold beverage? Don't forget the whipped cream topping. Alcohol may be added to this beverage. Some of the different variations for this cold drink include:

  • Vanilla ice cream in root beer, known as a Root Beer Float.
  • Chocolate ice cream in vanilla Coke.
  • Vanilla ice cream in 7-up or Sprite, called a Snow White.
  • Vanilla ice cream in grape flavored soda, called a Purple Cow.
  • Orange or watermelon sherbet, vanilla syrup, and seltzer water is called a Sherbert Cooler.

Cucumber Sangria
Cucumber Sangria

3. Sangria

This cold drink originated from Spain and Portugal. Sangria is steeped while chilled for as little as a few minutes or even up to a few days. The normal ingredients for a sangria includes wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy. The wine used is usually a chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. There is a variety of fruit and sweeteners that can be used. Instead of adding brandy, another ingredient such as Seltzer, Sprite, or 7Up may be added. Some creative fruit and sweeteners to use are:

  • Pineapple fruit with orange juice.
  • Apple or peach fruit with honey.
  • Orange, lemon, or lime fruit with sugar.

Strawberry JELL-O Sprtizer
Strawberry JELL-O Sprtizer

4. JELL-O Spritzers

Everyone loves JELL-O, so let's make a cold drink with it. Just make the JELL-O like normal, then break it into small pieces and add a cold drink to it. This is a recipe that is mainly for the hot summer season, but it can be prepared during any season. This cold drink seems like it would be great for holidays because of the different colors/flavors that JELL-O comes in, plus the seasonal beverages that could be added. Candy and other garnishments can be used to make this cold drink appealing. Some cool ingredients to use for this drink are:

  • Raspberry JELL-O with raspberries and ginger ale.
  • Lime JELL-O with cherries and vanilla flavored soda.
  • Orange JELL-O with banana slices and pineapple juice.

Strawberry Kool-Aid Punch
Strawberry Kool-Aid Punch

5. Kool-Aid Fruit Punch

Kool-Aid is a ready to use drink mix. It is in a powder form and is available in a variety of flavors. Sweeteners have already been added, but there is Kool-Aid that does not contain any sweeteners. This final cold drink is awesome because everyone loves Kool-Aid and it's easy to prepare. First, mix the Kool-Aid powder with any flavored fruit juice, just make sure the flavors coincide with one another. Then add any fresh fruit or vegetable that will make this drink more appealing. Seltzer can be added to make this cold drink fizzy and bubbly. Some cool for this final cold drink ingredients are:

  • Cherry Kool-Aid with strawberry flavored juice and fresh limes.
  • Tropical Kool-Aid with tropical juice and multiple fruit chunks.
  • Orange Kool-Aid with orange juice and banana slices.

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