Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time for sun, fun, and refreshing beverages (which must be enjoyed that in order). Whether you’re looking for fast and fresh cocktails or simply delicious summer drinks, we’ve got you covered.

Here are nine drinks to quench your thirst this summer.

1. Watermelon Slush

From Real Food Real Deals

Watermelon SlushPhoto credit: Real Food Real Deals

This drink requires just three ingredients and five minutes of your time, which is right up our alley.

Tip: You can either freeze the watermelon first (for ultimate slushiness) or throw in room temperature watermelon and some ice cubes.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • 2 tbs maple syrup optional
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1½ cups of ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Place the ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor. Process until well combined. If you’re using frozen watermelon, you may need to scrape down the sides a few times.
  2. Divide the slushies into 4 glasses and serve immediately.

 

2. Prosecco-Peach Punch

From Better Homes and Gardens

Prosecco-Peach PunchPhoto credit: bhg.com

Fizzy and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 16-ounce package frozen unsweetened peach slices
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
  • 1 750 milliliter bottle Prosecco or other sparkling wine or 4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled
  • Cubed or crushed ice
  • Grenadine syrup (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Thaw peaches at room temperature but do not drain. Place peaches and their juice in a blender or food processor. Add sugar. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Transfer pureed peaches to a 2-quart pitcher. Stir in orange juice and lemon juice. If desired, cover and chill for up to 24 hours.
  2. Before serving, slowly pour Prosecco into peach mixture; stir gently. Serve in glasses over ice. If desired, drizzle with a little grenadine syrup.

 

3. Sangria Sparkler

From Betty Crocker

Sangria SparklerPhoto credit: Betty Crocker

Add some Spanish flavor to your life with this summer fruit sangria.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sweet red Spanish wine
  • 4 cups cranberry-raspberry juice
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh boysenberries
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1 orange, cut into thin slices Save $
  • 1 lime, cut into thin slices
  • 4 cups ginger ale

Instructions:

  1. Pour wine and cranberry-raspberry juice into large pitcher. Add all fruit.
  2. Refrigerate six hours or overnight.
  3. Just before serving, add ginger ale to pitcher. Serve chilled.

 

4. Italian Soda

Italian SodaPhoto credit: ourbestbites.com

Go to Italy—in your mind.

Ingredients

  • Flavored syrup
  • Club soda
  • Half and half

Instructions:

  1. Get a glass and add some ice.
  2. Fill 1/4 of the glass with syrup, 3/4 of the glass with club soda, and add a dash of half and half and stir. Makes 1 drink.

Molto semplice!
 

5. Lavender-Infused Lemonade

From Simply Recipes

Lavender-Infused LemonadePhoto credit: mountainsidelavender.com

Tips

  • The lemon/sugar balance will depend on your preference and also what type of lemons you’re using.
  • All lavender varieties are edible, but English lavender and Provence lavender are the types you’ll see most often in foods and beverages.

Ingredients

  • A tablespoon of dried lavender flowers, or, if you’re fancy, a small handful of freshly picked (and rinsed) lavender flowers
  • 1 cup white, granulated sugar
  • 2 cups of boiling water (to be used for infusing)
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2+ cups of cold water
  • Ice

Instructions:

  1. If cutting your own lavender, remove the lavender flowers from the stems and put in a medium bowl.
  2. Pour the sugar over the flowers, and, with clean hands, gently rub the flowers into the sugar.
  3. Syrup-making time! Pour two cups of boiling water over the lavender-sugar mix and stir until the sugar has melted. Cover the bowl and let the mixture infuse for between 30 minutes and a few hours, depending on how strong of a flavor you want/how much time you have.
  4. Grab a strainer; strain the lavender simple syrup and pour into a pitcher or carafe—whatever you plan to serve it in.
  5. Add the lemon juice and another two cups of water. Taste and make changes as necessary: add more lemon juice if it’s too sweet and add more sugar if it’s too tart.
  6. Add ice and more water to your preferred concentration level (keep in mind that the ice will eventually melt, diluting the drink).
  7. (Optional) Decorate your serving pitcher/carafe with some thinly sliced lemons and a few lavender sprigs.

 

6. Paloma

From New York Times Cooking

PalomaPhoto credit: New York Times Cooking

This one takes 3 minutes. Pretty doable, right?

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ ounces tequila
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • Grapefruit soda (such as Squirt or Jarritos), to top
  • Lime wedge, for garnish (optional)
  • Salt, for rim (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice (if you’d like, dip the rim in salt first).
  2. Add tequila and lime juice, then top with grapefruit soda.
  3. Stir ingredients together gently.
  4. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

 

7. Watermelon Bellini

From What’s Cooking, Love?

Watermelon BelliniPhoto credit: What’s Cooking, Love?<

A refreshing non-alcoholic treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup watermelon, cubed
  • Champagne or sparkling cider

Instructions:

  1. Puree the watermelon in a blender.
  2. Divide the puree between 4 champagne glasses. Fill the glasses with champagne or sparkling cider.
  3. Garnish with a piece of watermelon if you’d like!

 

8. Mermaid Mule

From Delish

Mermaid MulePhoto credit: Brad Holland / Delish

Blue drinks—not just for kids!

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. vodka
  • 3 oz. Blue Curaçao
  • 3 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. (12-oz.) can ginger beer
  • 3 lime rounds, for garnish (optional)
  • Paper umbrellas, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Divide vodka, blue Curaçao, and lime juice between 3 glasses and stir to combine.
  2. Fill glasses with ice and top off each drink with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with lime rounds and umbrella, if you’re feeling fancy!

 

9. Cuba Libre

From The Spruce Eats

Cuba LibrePhoto credit: Shannon Graham / The Spruce Eats

Havana ooh na-na.

Ingredients

  • 1 lime
  • 2 ounces dark or anejo rum
  • Coca-Cola, or other cola

Instructions:

  1. Squeeze the juice of half a lime into a collins glass.
  2. Add ice cubes.
  3. Pour the rum and cola into the glass.
  4. Stir well.

 

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