Sit back, relax, sip.
We know it's scorching outside, so don’t risk getting dehydrated while you lounge by the pool or entertain guests this summer. These summer drinks and cocktails made with fresh fruits like strawberry, watermelon, berries, cherries and plums and even homemade simple syrup will make you look like a trained mixologist. Our most refreshing summer drinks are perfect to make in batches and bring down to the beach (with plastic cups, not glass, and bring a trash bag) or stand as the signature cocktail at an outdoor summer party. These chilled drinks with short ingredient lists and easy instructions will keep summer nights cool after hot days in the sun. Tip: You can make these fresh drinks with or without alcohol, so the kids' table can have a fancy and fun drink, too.
Cantaloupe-Mint Agua Fresca
Recipe: Carrot-Ginger Beer
The simple syrup in this drink is made with dark brown sugar for a rich flavor that contrasts with the dryer ginger beer. Cold-pressed carrot juice and rum go much better together than that carrot and kale shot your friend made you take at the juice bar, trust us.
Recipe: Cherry-Basil Fizz
Hop on the super food and drink train with this fizzy drink made with kombucha, a fermented tea filled with B vitamins and probiotics. Add fresh cherries or fruit of your choice and basil (thyme or mint work, too), and you’ll forget that you’re not at the local health foods store.
Recipe: Lavender-Plum Shrub
A shrub is a drink that’s usually made with vinegar, sugar and fruit — not that plant on the front lawn that your husband cuts down too short every time. These drinks need to sit for a few days so that the flavors combine, making the vinegar sweet. We used apple cider vinegar, fresh lavender, vanilla and red plums, even though any stone fruit would work.
Black and Blue Sparkler
Spiked Watermelon Lemonade
Recipe: Spiked Watermelon Lemonade
There are only four ingredients and a few minutes of prep between you and your first sip of this summertime lemonade.
Bee's Knees Honey Cocktail
Spiked Arnold Palmer
Raspberry Beer Cocktail
Recipe: Watermelon Cooler
The fresh, summertime watermelon in this slushy drink can be replaced with cantaloupe or honeydew for different color and flavor varieties.