Cool off from the summer heat with these refreshing summer drink recipes! What is summer if not the season of beach trips, backyard barbecues parties, and of course, cool refreshing drinks? As you know, these fun drinks come in all colors and flavors, from cocktails and smoothies to milkshakes and juices. Whether you want an alcoholic drink or a fun ‘mocktail,' you'll find at least one recipe in this list sure to cool you down this season. Check out these 14 fun and refreshing summer drink recipes!
14 Summer Drink Recipes You Must Try This Season
1. Watermelon Layer Drink
This Watermelon Layer Drink is easy enough to make! What you need is Green Apple Gatorade, SoBe Pacific Coconut Lifewater, and Fruit Punch G2 Gatorade to create this fun and colorful summertime drink.
2. Copycat Sonic Ocean Water
The Copycat Sonic Ocean Water does not even take 10 minutes to make! If you want to add a bit of color to a simple non-alcoholic drink, you might want to try this one.
3. Happy Hour Lemonade
4. Spiked Peach Sweet Tea
5. Mermaid Punch Mocktails
6. Creamy Watermelon Coconut Milkshake
This creamy watermelon coconut milkshake is a treat for everyone! Just by the name alone, you can imagine just how refreshing and delicious this milkshake would be in the summer.
7. Sunset Slushie
This creamy and slightly tangy summer drink sure is pretty with its lovely layers of blue, pink, yellow and orange. Since the recipe uses Baileys Original Irish Cream, it means the slushie does contain a fair bit of liquor. Sip responsibly!
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8. Iced Caramel Mocha Latte
Craving for a tall glass of iced caramel mocha latte? You don't need to go to a coffee shop. Become your own barista with this simple DIY iced coffee. Just follow the recipe and you'll soon be sipping this delicious drink!
9. Tropical Strawberry Lemonade
Indulge your sweet tooth with this recipe. What you need to take this lemonade to the next level are Nerds candies and lollipops.
10. Unicorn Floats
You only need to do three very simple things to make a unicorn float. Prepare a glass, put a scoop of rainbow sorbet in it, and top it with clear soda. That's it!
11. Blue Mule Cocktail
If you have friends coming over for dinner this summer, you might want to serve them a blue mule cocktail. Although it looks as harmless as the other drinks on this list, please note this cocktail drink is boozy and therefore off-limits to the little ones.
12. Pastel Cotton Candy Cream Soda
Nothing says summer more than these cotton candy cream sodas! This is something both kids and adults will surely enjoy.
13. Orange Creamsicle
Guests of all ages will love orange creamsicles. If you're making this drink for adults, follow the recipe. You can make a kid-friendly version of this drink by simply not including the whipped cream-flavored vodka.
14. Wonderland Smoothie
You can definitely make your summer drinks look pretty and vibrant without food coloring! In this recipe, you will learn how to make your smoothie eye-catching with just fruit and coconut water.
Learn how to make watermelon slushies in this video from Fifteen Spatulas:
The summer drink recipes in this list are really easy. Try making one drink and you will prove just how quick it is to make a delicious cocktail or mocktail for your family and friends. When you're making kid-friendly drinks, you can ask your kids to help you. You can even make this simple activity even more fun by letting them come up with original ideas!
What do you think of these summer drink recipes? Which recipe are you planning to try? Share your experience with us in the comment section below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.