The weather is already warming up in many parts of the United States, and that means long, lazy days on the patio, summer picnics and of course, refreshing cold drinks to keep us hydrated. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of the same old beverages, so I set out to find some tasty new alternatives for this summer, some with alcohol and some without.
Here’s a recipe for an unusual minted iced tea that includes orange juice. It’s got quite a bit of sugar, though. Still, as a summer treat, a little sugar won’t kill you. As long as you aren’t diabetic, that is.
This vintage lemonade recipe is just how people made it in the 1800s, before air conditioning and when people wore so many layers of clothes it’s a wonder they didn’t swoon all summer long. When it comes to refreshing summer drinks, this one has to define the term. I haven’t tried it yet, but as soon as my lemons come back, I’m going to. Reviews say it’s really good! And it’s as close as I ever want to get to how life was in the 19th century.
If lemons aren’t your thing, about about watermelon lemonade? Perfect for a hot summer day! This is one I’m going to try soon.
This summer fruit punch has no added sugar, but uses wine and some of my favorite stone fruits. It sounds delicious and a perfect signature drink for a summer party. In fact, I want to have a party just to serve it.
This strawberry coconut daiquiri would be great on 4th of July. Anything with coconut just screams BEACH!
I’m a big fan of sangria, all kinds, but this white wine sangria chock full of summer fruits is a perfect summer choice.
If you’ve got a favorite summer beverage, I hope you’ll share it in the Comments below.