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Stay Cool with Summer Drinks: Favorite Recipes for Quenching Your Thirst

Updated on August 10, 2013

Summer Drink Recipes to Quench Your Thirst

Summer is the time to stay cool with delicious beverages. That's why you'll want some summer drinks on hand next time you entertain. Whether you are having the neighbors over, or just hanging out on the back porch or patio, these concoctions will quench your thirst and have you wishing that summer was longer than just 12 weeks!

That's why I love sharing these classic summer drink recipes.

Most of these summer drinks are either non-alcoholic, or can be made without alcohol, for the younger crowd and those who do not imbibe. And they are all immensely refreshing! Just take your pick and have some fun. After all - that's what the season is all about.

Stay cool with Summer Drinks (image courtesy of Robert S. Donovan on Flickr)
Stay cool with Summer Drinks (image courtesy of Robert S. Donovan on Flickr)

Summer Cocktail Ideas

Agua Fresca Drink Recipe

Enjoy Mexican or Central American cuisine? Then perhaps you want to know how to make agua fresca - also known as "fresh juice." This non-alcoholic concoction is perfect for a barbeque, picnic, brunch or other gathering. Kids absolutely love it (and it's a great way to sneak in some servings of fruit).

This recipe is so easy, you kids can even help stir it up. Just be sure to supervise. Adults should always do any cutting or chopping.


  • 1/2 large seedless watermelon, cut into cubes (rind removed)
  • 1/2 c. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 c. sugar


Place watermelon cubes onto a baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour. In a blender, combine the ingredients (best to do half each at a time). Blend until smooth. Garnish with a lime, if desired and serve immediately.

If you want to kick it up a notch, consider adding 1/4 c. rum or vodka while blending.

This one serves 6, so plenty to go around!

Coffee milkshake (image courtesy of on Flickr)
Coffee milkshake (image courtesy of on Flickr)

Coffee Milkshake Recipe

I love, love, love coffee! I practically live on it. But who wants to shell out for expensive Frappucinos, or even iced coffees these days? You won't want to after preparing your own, homemade coffee milkshake. So delicious, you'll have to remind yourself to stick to just one (per day).

This recipe serves two, very generously! Add whipped cream on top if you want.


  • 3 c. premium coffee ice cream (Starbucks makes a nice version)
  • 1 c. 2% milk
  • 1 t. instant espresso powder
  • 1/3 c. dulce de leche or cajeta (a paste made from caramelized milk and sugar found in Latin American groceries or specialty food stores)


Simply combine all ingredients, with a pinch of salt, into a blender and process until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.

For a lower-calorie coffee treat, take your leftover brewed coffee from the morning, pour it over ice, then add 2-3 T. whole milk or cream and/or 2 T. chocolate syrup or caramel syrup. A skinny version can be made with skim milk and 1 packet of Splenda or other sugar substitute.

Coffee Milkshakes (Couldn't Resist)

How to Make a Mojito

Ahhh.... I just love a mojito! This is a classically Cuban cocktail that should make anyone (over age 21) smile. This recipe is for a single serving, so be sure to pick up extra ingredients if you are having friends over.

If you want to enjoy a refreshing beverage without alcohol, simply delete the rum and you'll have a great tasting lime soda drink.

For those watching their sugar, club soda is 100% calorie-free.  Simply replace the sugar with 1 packet of artificial sweetner, and you save about 20-30 calories per serving.


  • 1 t. granulated sugar
  • 1 T. fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 c. fresh mint
  • 1 oz. white rum
  • 2 oz. club soda


Mix the sugar and lime juice in a single tall glass. Add several ice cubes and then a few sprigs of mint. Next, add the rum and club soda. Stir and enjoy.

Don't forget your guests! You'll need to repeat several times to make sure everyone has their Mojito on!

If you really want to make a "classic" mojito, be sure to "muddle" the mint before adding it to the drink.

Nectarine Iced Tea Recipe

Iced tea is a classic summer drink, but perhaps you want to make it more special? You can, and it is so easy!

With this recipe, you can add chopped fresh nectarines. Feel free to replace with peaches, cantaloupe, oranges, or even plums. Use your imagination and enjoy a delicious glass of summer.


  • 1-2 c. chopped fresh fruit (pick from nectarines, peaches, etc.)
  • 1 quart freshly brewed tea, cooled
  • 1-2 T. sugar
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh basil


Fill 1-2 glasses with ice, then tea. Add fresh fruit and sugar, then stir. Garnish with sprigs of basil.

How to Make a Frozen Margarita

Delicious homemade lemonade (image courtesy of faeryboots on Flickr)
Delicious homemade lemonade (image courtesy of faeryboots on Flickr)

Homemade Lemonade Drink Recipe

What I like best about homemade lemonade is that you can control the sweetness and tartness yourself, and even make sugar-free lemonade with zero calories.

This summer drink recipe is by the glass, so just be sure to double, triple or quadruple it for your family or guests.


* 1 ripe lemon
* 2 c. fresh water
* 2 T. sugar (or one packet sweetner)


Roll the lemon on the counter, pressing gently. Cut in half, then squeeze both halves into a tall glass, taking care not to allow seeds to fall in. Add sugar, then water and ice. Stir. Garnish with a lemon slice if desired.

For a great alcoholic version, add 1-2 oz. vodka!

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Wine Spritzer Recipe

Summer sipping means watching your calories and consumption. Wine spritzers are a great way to enjoy a glass of wine in better moderation.

All you need for this concoction is:

  • 6 oz. white wine
  • 1-2 oz. fruit juice (best is pomegranate or cranberry)
  • Ice cubes

Combine and enjoy! Alternatively, you can combine 4 oz. white wine, 1 oz. fruit juice and 1 oz. seltzer water for a bubbly, refreshing drink.


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      8 years ago

      these drinks are extremely cool to try!! thanks :D

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Cheers to you Georgie! Enjoy a tall cool summer drink

    • georgiecarlos profile image


      8 years ago from Philippines

      Wow, I feel like making a drink right now! Thanks for sharing

    • Meam Wye profile image

      Meam Wye 

      10 years ago

      Cool drinks! Will have to try the Watermelon one .... looks refreshingly great!

    • jestone profile image


      10 years ago from America!

      Gotta love Mojitos!

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      10 years ago

      i've got a receipe that i have enjoyed since i was a child

      32 oz of ginger ale

      32 oz of pineapple juice

      32 oz of water

      2 packages or tropical punch kool-aid

      2 cups of sugar

      mix everything together chill or pour over ice

      check this one out

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      Nancy's Niche 

      10 years ago

      Oh my goodness, that coffee shake is for me! Thanks for all the ideas for summer drinks.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I'd like one too! Time to run to the store to get the ingredients....

    • suziecat7 profile image


      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I now really want a coffee shake. Thanks for the ideas.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Rochelle, I've not tried sweetened condensed milk as a substitute, but I'll bet that it would work. Stay cool!

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      10 years ago from California Gold Country

      These all sound delicious. I especially like that you offered different versions of each.

      Could you sub sweetened condensed milk for the dulche de leche?

      I bookmarked too. We've had a week of 100+ temps and expecting more.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Well, coffeesnob, I sure hope that the shake meets your standards! ;-) Enjoy and thanks for bookmarking. Cheers, Steph

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      10 years ago

      Can't wait to try some - especially the coffee shake, definitely bookmarking this page

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Right! Its been super hot here recently too. Let me know which drink is your favorite! Stay cool. :)

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      Jerilee Wei 

      10 years ago from United States

      Had to bookmark this, thinking the nectarine ice tea and the coffee milkshake might be a big hit around here with temperatures in the 90s.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Bob - cheers to you! I agree: I'm going to have to make that coffee shake today.

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      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      Great cool, drink ideas, a coffee shake sounds good.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi 2patricias and jill of alltrades,

      I agree - its been so hot here recently, I was inspired to cool off with a hub about summer drinks. Coffee ice cream is the way to go for those shakes, but you can also use vanilla instead, and add about 1/4 c. cooled brewed coffee.

      The chipmunks rock. :)


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      jill of alltrades 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      Wow! Everything looks so refreshing. I think I'll try some of them.

      I love the Chipmunks!

    • 2patricias profile image


      10 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      The coffee milk shakes sound delicious. Coffee ice cream can be difficult to find here in England, but I shall start looking!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Susan! I'm craving a mojito too! (but sticking with a simple glass of white wine tonight). Love the Chimpmunks. :)

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      Susan Keeping 

      10 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Great drinks. I'm craving a mojito about now.

      That Chipmunks song is hilarious :)


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