Whether we’re hosting a fantastic get together on the back porch with friends or just making a nice dinner for our family, there’s just something about long summer days that makes us want to go above and beyond with the menu in some way. The meal might be simple (bonus points if we don’t have to make everyone feel hotter by turning the oven on) but that doesn’t mean we can’t make a fun dessert or- even better- make something kind of delicious punch or novelty drink to keep the people around us feeling refreshed! Of course, because we have many people in our lives who are either too young to drink or sober, we prefer to make delicious concoctions that everyone can enjoy. If you do feel like making it a cocktail, go ahead and throw a shot into your glass before you pour!
Just in case you’re feeling as enthusiastic as we were about the idea of making fantastic, super fun, and wildly delicious summer drinks as we were, if not more, here are 15 of the best recipes and flavour combinations we’ve come across so far.
1. Refreshing lime water
Are you the kind of person who, on most days, will actually choose water over most other beverage options, but every once in a while you don’t mind just a touch of extra flavour to keep things interesting? In that case, we think you might get along very well indeed with this refreshing lime water drink recipe featured on Self Proclaimed Foodie! The citrus taste is light and cool, mimicking that of cocktails like gin and tonic without actually including any alcohol.
2. Tropical party punch
Are you of the opinion that summertime is the time for as much delicious, juicy fruit flavour as you can possibly squeeze into the sunny days? Then we have a feeling you’d probably prefer a recipe that’s a little more tropical than just water and lime. That’s why we thought this awesome tropical cocktail featured on Real House Moms sounded like such a good idea! Check out how they combined all kinds of flavourful fruit juices with a yummy cherry and pineapple garnish.
3. Pink lemonade punch (or princess punch)
We actually stumbled across this recipe back when our kids were demanding a lovely pink princess theme for their last birthday party, but since lemonade is one of our very favourite things to make and sip at in the summer, we held onto the recipe for longer than the party prep lasted! Love Bakes Good Cakes guides you step by step through the process of making yourself a delicious pink lemonade that’s equal parts sweet and tart, for the perfect refreshing flavour.
4. Agua fresca
If you’re going to make yourself an exciting fruit based drink this summer that’s a little bit more of a treat than usual, would you rather do it using an actual mixture of real fruit instead of canned or box juices? Well, particularly if you prefer a little bit of fizz to your drinks, we have a feeling you’ll get along very well indeed with this fantastic authentic agua fresca recipe featured, along with a full ingredients list, on Mandy’s Recipe Box! It’s a strawberry lovers’ dream.