I hate summer and I think I have made that clear. That does not mean I hate everything about summer. I enjoy trips to the beach, swimming in the water, trips, BBQs, and most importantly refreshing fruity summer drinks.
Now, I have mentioned that I try to drink a lot of water daily especially since I am prone to getting heat-induced headaches. Yet, I do have a right to treat myself on occasion, right?
And what is a better way to treat myself in the heat than a fruity delicious drink that quenches my flavor and thirst buds?
To celebrate the start of the hot part of the summer, here are my top 5 refreshing summer drinks. Some are healthy and easy to make; others might require a bit of ingredients. But they are all extremely delicious.
I will note that all these drinks are non-alcoholic, but I will be listing alcohols you can add to each drink in case you want to add an extra kick (or two).
I love watermelon so when I came across this drink, I knew I had to try it ASAP. I wasn’t disappointed. The best part is that this drink is super simple to make and all you need is three ingredients: lime juice, watermelon, and sugar. I added mint to give it a nice kick and I do not regret it.
I would recommend using tequila or my favorite, Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, in this refreshing slush. From all the drinks, this was definitely on the top of my favorites. Thankfully the recipe is simple because I can make this in a breeze.
I recently became a huge fan of hibiscus tea and drink if often when I want a pop of flavor in my mornings. Not to mention that hibiscus is a great source for Vitamin C, antioxidants and can lower blood pressure (its honestly the reason why I bought some in the first place). I will admit I am not the biggest fan of pineapple, but this turned so tart, but sweet if that makes sense.
I will warn that when you make this drink, use a shaker or stir really well. The first time I made it, the honey didn’t stir really well and we all didn’t get that sweet until the end when all the honey entered our mouths.
If you want to spike this up, the blogger recommends rum or some wine to make it similar to sangria. I didn’t try it because it was delicious by itself. If you try, please let me know in the comments.
I absolutely love ginger, but not the biggest fan of cucumber. Yet, the picture of the drink made it look so refreshing. And it is. Cucumber, mint, and ginger are all strong flavors, but none of them overtook the other. It is highly balanced, sweet, and refreshing.
For those who don’t like ginger, you can omit the ginger and it is just as good and refreshing. You can also add some lemon sparkling water or soda to give it more of a pop. If you want to add alcohol to this drink, I would probably use vodka, rum, or tequila.
Lemonade is my go-to refreshing summer drink. When I came across this recipe, I knew I had to try it and I regret nothing. This lemonade, which is actually more like a limeade, is a bit sweet and tangy at the same time. The cream was something I wasn’t used to and shocked my taste buds, but it is the reason I became hooked.
I would recommend using rum, vodka, or tequila if you want to spike this lemonade up. Highly highly recommend.
I am a huge fan of the mango dragonfruit Starbucks refresher. No joke, it is the only thing I order from Starbucks. With everything going on with COVID-19, I don’t really like going out unless I actually have to so I had to find an alternative to my favorite drink. And while this doesn’t taste exactly like the one from Starbucks, it is a delicious alternative.
For those that will ask, the reason mine is white was because I accidentally bought a white dragon fruit, not a pink one. Please read the label if you want yours to look like the one from Starbucks.
I don’t know what alcohol you would add to this so I am skipping this one.
The only thing that keeps me surviving the Austin summers are refreshing drinks and these drinks right here are high up there on my favorites. Let me know if you make any or if you have any recipes to share!