The temperature here is supposed to reach into the 90's today. It's official now, summer has arrived here in New Mexico. We should be at the pool today or up the mountains at our favorite creek or at the very least, running a sprinkler underneath the trampoline for some splashy jumping. Instead, we're facing our third round of strep throat here - and I've got it this time! It is unfair on so many levels.
I'll spare you my complaining though. I'm going to usher in this hot summer day with a cool drink and try to convince my kids to let me take a long nap.
I've been gathering these Non-Alcoholic Summer Drinks for a few weeks now in anticipation of the temperatures rising. These deliciously refreshing summer beverages that the whole family can enjoy together are perfect for summer picnics, backyard entertaining, or just cooling off with something tasty in the hot afternoon. Enjoy!
Skip the sodas this summer and make one of these tastier and healthier sparkling drinks instead!
Sparkling Watermelon Limeade | Good Life Eats
Sweet Watermelon gets a bright kick from the lime juice and sparkling water for a crisp balance of sweet and tang.
Watermelon Ginger Sparklers | How Sweet Eats
It starts with a vanilla bean, ginger syrup, and watermelon juice for a perfectly refreshing drink.
Lemon Verbena Mint Soda Water | Wild Greens and Sardines
Lemon Verbena, a perennial herb with a lemony flavor, combined with a simple syrup and some sparkly water - delicious.
Citrus Coconut Soda | Le Zoe Musings
Super simple with only 3 ingredients, this coconut soda is perfect for quick entertaining.
Ginger Rosemary Zinger | Coco and Mingo
This gorgeous drink doesn't use anything sparkly, but the ginger gives it all sorts of spark. I love this recipe.
Raspberry Hibiscus Soda | Good Life Eats
Hibiscus combined with raspberry makes for a really perfect non-alcoholic summer drink.
Homemade Orange Soda | Simple Bites
Homemade soda has all the nostalgia without the artificial food dyes and HFCS - perfection!
Cranberry Tangerine Rosemary and Cream Soda Mocktail | Spoon Fork Bacon
I think the title of this one says it all - holy yum!
Lemonade 7 ways
Lemonade is the ultimate summer drink, but you can dress it up in so many different ways. These perfect lemonade recipes are anything but boring!
Spiced Lemonade | Good Life Eats
Who knew adding cinnamon, cloves, and allspice to lemonade would make such a refreshing drink!
Homemade Strawberry Lemonade | My Baking Addiction
This is a perfect classic summer recipe - strawberries + lemonade.
Raspberry Lemonade | My Baking Addiction
If you think lemonade is the epitome of summer ( I do!) then just wait until you add raspberries into the mix!
Lavender Lemonade | Well Plated
I'm growing lavender in the backyard this year so lavender + lemon is a highly anticipated drink combination.
Coconut Water Lemonade | Rasa Malaysia
Perfectly tropical and exotic lemonade.
Honey Sweetened Peach Lemonade | Simple Bites
While Peaches are in season this summer, put them to really good use in this Peach Lemonade.
Thyme Lemonade | Donal Skehan
Fresh herbs in lemonade are so wonderful. You make this one with a thyme syrup.
Herbal + Iced Teas
Adding fresh and dried herbs to juices adds a healthy element to the summer drink - it also adds loads of fresh, delicious flavor. You've got to try these Herbal + Iced Tea recipes this summer!
Cranberry Zinger | Some the Wiser
This remake of a local restaurant favorite called the "The Red Stuff" uses herbal teas and cranberry juice to make a perfect summer drink - a family favorite here!
Lemon Balm Watermelon Green Iced Tea | Food For My Family
A hint of lemon balm and a healthy amount of sweet watermelon turn an ordinary green iced tea into a refreshing summer drink.
Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Basil and Honey Sweet Iced Tea | Half Baked Harvest
An antioxidant, flavor packed, energizing iced tea.
Pineapple Hibiscus Tea Mocktails | Dessert for Two
Fresh Ginger, Pineapple Juice, and dried Hibiscus Petals - um yes, pour me two!
Sweet Mango Green Tea | Food Fanatic
Mango and fresh mint together sound perfect for a summer drink on a hot day.
Iced Green Tea with Ginger, Mint, and Honey | The Kitchn
This refreshing iced tea is the perfect drink to guzzle down with your summer burgers.
Flavored Water Recipes
Keep it super simple and infuse some flavor into water this summer. It's the easiest and healthiest way to make a refreshing summer drink!
Parsley, Lime, Cucumber Water | Simple Bites
I think I could sip on this tasty infused water recipe all day long this summer.
Strawberry, Cucumber, Lime and Mint Water | Happy DIY Mom
It may just be water, but it's packed with refreshing summer flavors.
Orange Vanilla Bean Flavored Water | The Artful Desperado
I love anything, including water, if it's got a vanilla bean in it!
68 Ways to Flavor Water | Family Bites
Jan has made the master list with all of the best infused water combinations - check it out!
Fresh Fruit Juices and Coolers
During the summer you can find fresh fruit in abundance! It's the best time to make all of these yummy fruit juices and coolers.
Watermelon Vanilla Mint Cooler | Some the Wiser
This simple summer cooler goes a long way towards making a hot summer's day bearable.
Watermelon Coconut Aloe Juice | Will Frolic for Food
This healthy summer drink couldn't be more refreshing. Whole watermelon meets coconut water and aloe juice - yum!
Strawberry Agua Fresca with Blackberries | Foodness Gracious
A berry agua fresca makes an absolutely perfect summer juice. Try this one for sure!
Ruby Red Grape Fruit Juice | The Little Red House
A simple grape fruit juice made even tastier and healthier with carrots and fresh ginger.
Kiwi Agua Fresca | Averie Cooks
This refreshing kiwi drink is as pretty as it is tasty - perfect for entertaining.