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Top 10 non-alcoholic drinks for the summer

Updated on June 20, 2014

The very best of non alcoholic cold drinks

Refreshment urgently required.

Supplying your body with liquids is vitally important in hot weather, not to mention the comfort that a large pitcher of iced tea can bring on a sunny day. Here's the list of top 10 most invigorating and healthy drinks to help you stay cool this summer.

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1. Iced coffee

Why iced coffee deserves your love?

  • Because it's delicious!
  • Because it still gives you the caffeine kick, even when it's chilled
  • Because you can drink it from a tall glass through a straw :) AND you can add a paper umbrella. AND a marshmallow. On a stick.

Iced or not? The decision is yours!

Iced or not? The decision is yours!
Iced or not? The decision is yours!

Tired of good old coffee on the rocks? Go frappe!

Did you know...

- Frappe style coffee comes from Greece

- It should be made from instant coffee - brewed doesn't hold the bubbles so well

- Sometimes coca-cola is used instead of water

Tired of waiting for your coffee to cool?

Try this instant solution in delicious flavour variations

What's your favourite?

Which of the flavours above would you use to make your perfect cup?

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2. Lemonade

How to make lemonade?

You probably already know this. But check out this video for some secret tricks!

How to make your lemonade even better?

  • Use sparkling water for extra fizz
  • Add a sprig of mint to make it even more refreshing
  • Add a tablespoon of strawberry syrup for this lovely, pink tint

Don't they just ask to be squeezed?

Don't they just ask to be squeezed?
Don't they just ask to be squeezed?

What's your favourite lemonade?

Pick a colour, quick!

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Lemonade quickie

Don't have time to go through all the motions?

Simply squeeze half a lemon straight to your glass, add two spoonfuls of sugar, mix well and top up with sparkling water

3. Strawberry puree

Everybody loves strawberries!

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strawberries public domain

Strawberry puree is one of my sweetest childhood memories. Each time strawberries were in season and my mum didn't feel like making jam, she would whizz whole batches in a blender with some sugar and we would all gorge on the stuff.

Unbelievably delicious!

Plus, packed full of healthy vitamins.

Why is strawberry puree perfect for the summer?

  • Because it helps you utilise the abundant strawberry harvest!
  • Because it's so filling it can act as a light meal
  • Because you can freeze it and enjoy strawberries even in winter


If it's too thick for you, try adding some sparkling water, ice cubes or yoghurt.

Oh, and it's even more delicious with wild strawberries!

Sugared or sugarless?

I always, always add sugar to my strawberry puree. Who cares about healthy eating when you can have something so delicious? Which option is more appealing to you?

With sugar or without?

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Wild strawberries? Anytime!

Wild strawberries? Anytime!
Wild strawberries? Anytime!

4. Iced tea

Why is iced tea good for you?

  • Because it reduces cancer risk
  • Because it is packed full of antioxidants = helps you stay young longer
  • Because it gives you energy without coffee's bad side effects

The perfect tall drink

The perfect tall drink
The perfect tall drink

Green or black?

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iced tea public domain

Green is healthier, black is (to me!) tastier - how about you?

Which tea do you prefer?

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Make it exotic!

How to make thai iced tea - a step-by-step tutorial

5. Raspberry juice

Quintessence of summer

Quintessence of summer
Quintessence of summer

What you will need?

  • Raspberries. Lots and lots. And lots.
  • Cheesecloth
  • Some sugar (optional)

The ultimate summer treat

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raspberries public domain

Ok, this is the best summer drink I have ever EVER tasted.

The recipe is simple - take lots and lots of raspberries, pack them into a cheesecloth and squeeze. Repeat, repeat, repeat, until you have a decent amount of juice.

What you'll get it the purest, most delicious juice ever, that kicks you in the face with flavour and leaves you on your knees begging for more.

I don't think you can buy it anywhere. Nobody would ever make any money mass-producing it, because it takes so much raspberries to make even small amount of the juice.

But everybody should try it, if only once in a lifetime.

When I was a child, my whole family used to go to a forest and spend a day picking wild raspberries. Then my grandma would take everybody's harvest and turn it into 1-2 tiny jars of the most intense fruit juice in the world. This shows how raspberry consuming the recipe is.

In my family it was treated more like a medicine than a beverage - the juice is so packed with vitamin C that a spoonful a day keeps you safe from winter colds. But after you've tasted the first mandatory spoonful neat (and went to raspberry heaven...), you can simply dilute the juice with water and serve on ice for a yummy, refreshing summer drink.

6. Kefir

Probably the most refreshing drink in the world

Probably the most refreshing drink in the world
Probably the most refreshing drink in the world

Why should you drink kefir?

  • Because it's super extra healthy. And I mean it!
  • Because cold kefir quenches thirst like no other drink in the world
  • Because you can turn it a low calorie treat by adding few simple ingredients

Kefir question no. 1

Did you know about kefir before you've read this lens?

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Kefir question no. 2

Have you ever tried it?

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Did you know...

...that kefir is a fantastic hangover cure?

Kinda unofficial knowledge, but I've been there, tried that and it works

Make your own kefir!

Here's what you will need

7. Herbal ice tea

Which herbs make best tea?

  • Mint - tastes delicious and is good for your tummy, too
  • Chamomile - wonder plant, traditionally alleviating more than a hundred ailments
  • Rooibos - also known as 'red tea'

Chill out!

Chill out!
Chill out!
dried chamomile public domain
dried chamomile public domain

Benefits of herbal tea

Although orthodox medicine is rather cautious of herbalism (to say the least), people have been using herbal cures since times immemorial. Many health improving qualities of herbs are actually scientifically confirmed, the trick is to know which plants are the good ones and how to use them. So if you know herbs really well, you can brew a delicious tea from what you can find on a meadow. If you don't, you may end up picking something poisonous. Remember, plants can heal, but they can also kill and damage so be very careful with what you drink.

If you want to go for a simple option, grow your tea. Herbs like mint, chamomile, lemon balm or sage grow like insane in containers, they can make a pretty addition to your garden, too.

Another option is to simply buy your tea. Herbal drinks are getting more and more popular, so there's plenty to choose from on the market.

Herbal healing - yes or no?

During my research I was surprised to find out that drinking herb infusions is actually quite a controversial subject. Join the discussion and let us know whether you think herbs are beneficial or useless/dangerous.

What do you think of using herbal tea as medicine?

8. Mocktails

A 'mocktail' is a fancy cocktail with all the frills, but no alcohol



Why mocktails are great?

  • Because they are healthier than their alcoholic cousins
  • Because children can drink them, too
  • Because they let you survive any party when you can't or don't want to drink

9. Kombucha

Kombucha - the wonder-tea

Kombucha - the wonder-tea
Kombucha - the wonder-tea

10. Water with ice

The best summer drink you can have!

The best summer drink you can have!
The best summer drink you can have!

Answer the question or simply tell me you've been here :) All your comments are very welcome

What is your favourite summer drink?

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    • jc stone profile image

      Jordan 4 years ago

      Nice lense! I love water, sweet iced tea, lemonade.

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      JoslynHighlander 4 years ago

      Just loved this fun lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great list

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I love your list of summer drinks, including most of my favourites! I usually keep a pitcher of herbal tea in the fridge. For a treat I go for iced coffee, with a biscuit....:)

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      Zhana 5 years ago

      Some people cannot drink sugary drinks like lemonade. It would be good to include some recipes that use sugar substitutes.

      Also, sorry to break bad news, but iced tea has been shown to cause kidney problems.

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      simply water - we have one of the best here in Vienna, Austria

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      piedromolinero 5 years ago

      Living in Cyprus, having frappe is very common and I get one regularly. Also kefir is very common here or ayran, a yoghurt drink.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Water - sometimes sparkling water.

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      PoeticChristian 5 years ago

      Very Cool lens, thanks I will keep this in mind

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      PoeticChristian 5 years ago

      Iced Tea

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a refreshing and delicious lens! Blessed.

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      bernie74 lm 5 years ago

      Wht a stunning lens and so informative and well laid out too. Thanks for sharing

      Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I love anything with limes/lemons. Cool lens.

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      khongor14 5 years ago

      nice , i think i will go now to the store for fruits

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      chrismeyerlv 5 years ago

      A Great Summer Drink is adding your #2 drink(Lemonade) with #4 (Iced Tea) to make an Arnold Palmer

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      Virgin piña colada! Great lens, thank you for sharing!

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      Tiggered 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I don't consider such a trace amount 'alcoholic', Feel free to disagree :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How come kefir doesn't contain alcohol? kefir does contain some alcohol, since it is a fermented food, research indicates that kefir may contain between 0.08% to 2% alcohol check wikipedia

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, this is for me :)

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      AgingIntoDisabi 5 years ago

      I love my fruity drinks in the summer time.

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      biggking lm 5 years ago

      Lemonade and Kefir are the things I like to drink the most during summer. You just can't beat em.

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      First its a toss up between iced tea and lemon aid. Most of the othes I will have to try. The iced water is usually what I get when going out to the restaraunts.

      Second Just so you know, I have book marked this page.

      One because I found it late in the evening.

      Two because this will be something usefule to use over the summer with the kids.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow I learned a lot from this Lens and now I have some New Things I can try!!! :D

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      miauw99 5 years ago

      Great selection of summer drinks!

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      DSteelman 5 years ago

      iced coffee!

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      great lens, overall love these non alcoholic drinks

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      I enjoyed reading this lens. I'm glad that I found it. :)

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I adore iced coffee and lemonade, plus home-brewed iced mint tea, but my absolute favorite hot summer refreshment is seltzer water with a spritz of natural juice, served over ice.

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      jarajelissa 5 years ago

      From smoothies, to mocktails to iced tea, there are plenty of non-alcoholic summer drinks that will quench your thirst without giving you a buzz.

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Lemonade or iced tea, or both together! Thanks!

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      Nice lens. I'll have to try a couple of these I haven't had/made before.

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      purpleslug 5 years ago

      I would have to say, iced tea. Great lens, thanks!

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      amythomson187 5 years ago

      mmmmmh... reminds me that summer is coming. Great lens and some great recipes!! .... If you want a twist, just add vodka ;) hehe Amy x

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Wow, this lens makes me want to get up and make a nice cold glass iced tea! Very nice lens. =)

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      Beautiful layout to this lens. You sure have a good eye for design. Like and Loved!!

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      RachelDillin 5 years ago

      My favorite summer drink is a snow cone followed closely by pink lemonade.

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      lifeandchocolate 5 years ago

      My son would have to vote Kefir! Thanks for the great list.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      My grandmother's iced tea.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lemonade is great. These tips are helpful...thank you!

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      I'm addicted to drinking green tea everyday and water :) I even wrote one lens about it. I like your lens. There are some great drinks on here. Thank you for sharing

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      Iced coffee and iced tea. But I also enjoy Thai iced tea and boba drinks, particularly taro and almond flavors.

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      slackira 5 years ago

      for summer drinks i love lemonade and fresh fruit juice

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      Dana Marie 5 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Great ideas with summer upon us...thanks for the info

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      aether_shanty 5 years ago

      Oh, God, now I'm thirsty...

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Great list you have here

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Iced tea or coffee. Love them both.

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      resabi 5 years ago

      Unsweetened iced tea with lemon and plain ice water are tied for first choice. Lemonade (with a lot of lemon and very little sugar) and iced coffee a strong second.

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      I've learned so much here! I love iced tea and iced coffee. Water is the best for summer heat too. :)

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      Very nice!! I love lemonade, it's my favorite!

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      I am a bit of a boring sod on this one as it is water and Himalayan rock salt all day, everyday for me. These are wonderful recipes and the raspberry is a must try! Really enjoyable reading. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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      hercolanium 5 years ago

      My sister makes the best Iced Nescafe with hazelnut gelato (Giada style) to make your head spin...Heavenly O.o

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      great idea :P nice lens !

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      A nice cool glass of water is still my favorite. Or maybe a chilled glass with beer and clamato juice. A really classy lens. You have put lots of work into it. Thanks for the great experience.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      I suppose beer is out of the question, right? I vote for lemonade. And very refreshing lens, by the way, thumbs up!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      feeling thirsty, like to try some

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      SquidooPower 6 years ago

      Fun lens.

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      I prefer just liquid drinks that are easy to drink like iced tea and lemonade. Of course if it's after a great workout, you can't beat water with ice.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My favorite non-alcoholic strawberry drink is strawberry lemonade! Nothing cuts summer heat better!

      Here's the recipe I use:

      Making this lens was a good idea! :)

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      WaynesWorld LM 6 years ago

      kefir? Sure hope it's not like...(never mind.)

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      BlenderHead LM 6 years ago

      So thirsty right now after reading this! Nice lens!

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      gamecheathub 6 years ago

      What a fun lens. I hadn't even thought to add mint or sparkling water to lemonade for that bonus fizz factor. I need to broaden my horizons and this lens has sparked a few ideas. Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was here. SQUIDOO's policy says as a courtesy, inform the lensmaster if you chose their lens as a Related or Featured lens at one of your lenses. This lens was chosen as a Related Lens for my lens, "Everyday Exotic Spices". I figure spicy food makes people thirsty. (Smile!)

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      jasminesphotogr 6 years ago

      Wow, love this lens! So many great choices. I enjoy making fresh lemonade and throwing it into the blender with a few frozen strawberries and some ice cubes. Makes for a cool and icy treat. I also make smooties with some OJ, bananas, frozen strawberries & raspberries and ice cubes in the blender. Mmmmmmmmmm! And I gave up pop, so Zevia is my favorite canned summer drink.

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      love4rocks 6 years ago

      Great lens. My favorite tea in summer is Bubble Tea or also called Pearl Milk Tea.

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      whoisbid lm 6 years ago

      Massively awesome! You are a gifted person!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Awesome selections here - though now I'm a tad bit thirsty....

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love these drinks...feel cool.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love these drinks...feel cool.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Great lens! I like the idea of including polls after some of the treats. I was quite surprised with #10 - water with ice. I never thought you'd include it on the list.

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      nebby 6 years ago from USA

      I love summer drinks! I don't have just one favorite but like to change it up depending on my mood and also when different fruits are in season.

      I really don't like hot tea at all but could drink gallons of cold tea during the summer.

      You have a nice selection of recipes and with summer right around the corner, they will come in handy.

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      Rockett LM 6 years ago

      Very nice collection of summer drinks!