Very few things can cool you off on an extremely hot and dry summer day other than air-conditioning and ice-cold water. One of them is a refreshing, delicious cocktail that can transport you with the first sip to an exotic place even if you’re drinking it in the heart of a burning-hot city. It doesn’t matter if you prefer them with alcohol or not since the number of summer drinks and cocktails out there is so vast that it’s almost impossible not to find something that will satisfy your palate.
So, to which category of drinkers do you belong? Do you have a sweet tooth and love drinks with generous doses of chocolate and flavored syrups? Do you love your coffee so much that you want it in a summer drink as well? Are you the healthy type who will go for natural fruity drinks? Or are you one of those people who won’t call a drink a cocktail if it doesn’t have alcohol in it? Regardless of which category you belong to, our list today contains 25 Drinks To Cool You Down On A Hot day that won’t let down even the pickiest of drink lovers among you.
Mango Raspberry Punch
On a hot summer day, there’s nothing more satisfying than mango raspberry punch mixed with my favorite soda: Sprite. The sweet flavors of real fruit juice mixed with a punch of Sprite and delicious fresh raspberry and mango frozen pieces hit the spot every time and will keep you refreshed for hours after.
Nonalcoholic White Grape Spritzer
Ice tends to dilute your drink when it quickly melts; the frozen grapes in this drink serve double duty as both a garnish and an ingredient to keep your drink cool. The grapes make this drink look gorgeous, too. All you have to do is fill a big pitcher with grapes, orange slices, and lemon slices, top it with ginger ale and grape juice, and enjoy it immediately with your friends for maximum pleasure.
Some of you probably think that blue Curaçao is out of fashion (from the glorious ‘80’s) but adding two teaspoons of it to a chilled martini glass mixed with two dashes of orange bitters can do wonders. Well, that is if you first shake a shot of blueberry vodka with ice in a shaker and then strain it in the glass garnished with blueberries. Just try it—you won’t regret it. If you want to see the original recipe, look here.
Coconut Lavender Lemonade
Being refreshed during summer is something that can never be taken for granted and this alcohol-free drink will help you stay cool on those long lounging days. Described as, “tropical, herbal, sweet, and satisfying,” this fresh-squeezed lemonade made with coconut water and lavender simple syrup is a great choice for everyone.
Even though there are tons of different recipes for this wonderfully sweet drink, the original hails from Spain and is truly one of a kind. To make a long story short: apples, rum, wine, and orange juice all mixed together never tasted better before sangria was “invented.”
A refreshing mix of lime juice, fruit or sugar syrup, and seltzer, the lime rickey owes its origin to its alcoholic forefather, even though it is now one of the best alcohol-free summer drinks. Sometimes just referred to as “a rickey,” this drink was famously concocted at Shoomaker’s bar in Washington, DC, in the 1880’s.
Cold and refreshing, this alcohol-free, four-ingredient strawberry lemonade is sweetened with honey and is full of flavor that you can enjoy with your underage family members and not feel guilty.
Orange Creamsicle Float
This updated version of the classic Philadelphia float is flavored with mandarin oranges and a dash of vanilla for a simple, alcohol-free drink that can rightfully be considered a delicious dessert as well.
Iced Sparkling Honey-Lime Red Tea
For all of you “softies” out there who love their drinks alcohol-free, we’ve got some great news for you since this bubbly iced tea is the perfect drink for sitting on the porch and sipping on something refreshing.
The Brown Derby
With a mix of bourbon, honey, and grapefruit juice, this cocktail will pack a sweet yet oaky punch, perfect for late summer nights after the kiddos have gone to bed.
Watermelon Coconut Cooler
Beat the summer heat with a refreshing watermelon coconut cooler, a sweet, fizzy, and totally thirst-quenching drink. It can be served without vodka if you’re not into hard liquor, even though the strong taste of the watermelon and coconut overcome everything in this drink.
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Could a truly great drink really be that simple to prepare? When it comes to the Cuba Libre, the answer is definitely yes. All you have to do is add some lime juice to a good old-fashioned rum and Coke and you’ve got yourself a Cuba Libre that won’t fail to satisfy.
What would you say if we suggested turning the classic mojito into a frozen treat for a super-hot day? It sounds too good to be true, no? Well, that’s what the mojito slushy is all about, and if you follow the recipe exactly you won’t be disappointed. So, blend it all together until it’s all slushy!
Chocolate Cherry Shake
Is there anything tastier than chocolate-covered cherries? This creamy chocolate cherry smoothie was designed to tickle your taste buds and rival the best-tasting chocolate-covered cherries. This is one of those smoothies that tastes so good you have to remind yourself it’s also quite healthy and easy to make.
Arguably one of the simplest and easiest nonalcoholic summer drinks to make, kiwi punch is a favorite choice for many on a hot day. As for all the alcohol fans out there looking for a little something extra? Let’s just say a shot of vodka or light rum won’t really hurt anybody.
Contrary to popular belief, the paloma (“dove” in Spanish), not the margarita, is Mexico’s most beloved cocktail, even though it’s not the most popular tequila-based drink in the world. So, for those who love to have a refreshing drink and at the same time get a little tipsy, it looks like we’ve got a winner here.
This elegant and refreshing cordial mix will put the fizz into your summer and add some luxury to your daily humdrum routine even if you make it at home. This isn’t just a great drink because it tastes good; it has a low alcohol content and most importantly, you can make it yourself at a cheap price.
Watermelon Agua Fresca
This nonalcoholic fruit drink first became a hit in Mexico, but it has also become popular in many parts of the world as of late. There are many versions since it can be made with different fruits but none is as indulgent as the watermelon one, especially on a warm day.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee
If you have a sweet tooth and love your coffee strong, a Vietnamese iced coffee could be the drink for you in the summer. With lots of sweetened condensed milk over ice and strong coffee, this drink will not only cool you off but wake you up as well.
On the scale of manly drinks, margaritas aren’t exactly up there with vodka, whiskey, or even a good red wine. This fruity cocktail might not sound like the most macho drink, but it sure looks like it. The black and red color might make the people around you think you’re drinking motor oil with a splash of cherry soda like a real macho man when in reality it’s just a margarita.
For those people who find most cocktails too sweet or savory, a sake spritzer is the perfect drink for a summer day. The bitter taste that the grapefruit juice will leave in your mouth combined with the cold soda water (instead of sodas like Sprite or Coke) will refresh you without adding on the pounds.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie
Okay, so this delicious concoction is actually labeled for breakfast, but we couldn’t get over how amazing it looks and sounds. For those of you who enjoy sweet and creamy beverages all year round, for breakfast, desert, or whenever you feel like it, take a look at this recipe.
This powerful tropical drink will transport you right to Bourbon Street, New Orleans, as soon as you take the first sip. Created in the 1940’s, this super boozy rum-based concoction will get the party started no matter where you are, even though the most ideal location to enjoy it would be a hot sandy beach somewhere.
To begin with, you don’t need to be on vacation to enjoy this timeless classic cocktail. Now that we’ve made that clear, keep in mind that a good piña colada is one of those drinks you really should leave to the professionals to prepare because playing or experimenting—especially on a hot summer night—with (by which we mean wasting) a good Caribbean rum isn’t a very wise idea.
Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
Arguably the champion among all the alcoholic summer drinks out there, this classic strawberry-flavored cocktail will never fail to satisfy the pickiest palates on a hot summer day or night, and the only safe bet is that you won’t stop at just one.