Summer Sippers: Refreshing Summer Drinks

25th May 2013 / By Guest Contributor

Refreshing Summer Drink Recipes via blog.justfab.com

Nothing says summer quite like refreshing fruit beverages! For your savoring-pleasure, I’ve rounded up light and tasty beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, from around the web! Try them at a summer party or as an everyday warm-weather treat. Enjoy and find full recipes below!

DragonBerry Twist: I love that The Novice Chef took a traditionally sweet, and high in calories, cocktail and made a skinny version! This refreshing recipe will yield 1 serving.

  • 6 oz citrus soda
  • 1.5 oz Bacardi DragonBerry Rum, optional
  • 8 raspberries
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Chop raspberries and combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake. Pour ingredients over ice.

Kiwi Colada: This recipe was found on Myrecipe.com, traditionally a cocktail, we tried it without liquor and loved it just as much! This recipe yields 6 servings.

  • 5 peeled kiwifruit, divided
  • 3 cups ice
  • 3 tablespoons Cream of Coconut (such as Coco Lopez)
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained

Cut 4 kiwifruit into quarters, and place in a blender. Remaining kiwifruit can later be cut up and used to garnish. Add ice and remaining ingredients to blender; process until smooth. Strain mixture through a sieve into a pitcher; discard seeds. Distribute evenly among 6 glasses.

Pomegranate Spritzer: Ah pomegranates, delicious and traditionally a fall fruit. This recipe calls for pomegranate juice, which you can find at any grocery store, any season. Simply add ice and sparkling water to give this fall fruit a summer makeover! This recipe yields 1 serving.

  • 1-2 tablespoons of fresh or concentrate pomegranate juice
  • sugar, to taste
  • 6 oz sparkling water or club soda

Mix pomegranate juice, sugar and water. Pour mixture into glasses filled with ice. Adding pomegranate seeds is optional, and incredibly delicious. You’ll be able to find packaged pomegranate seeds at specialty grocery stores.

Raspberry Peach Lemonade: It’s not summer without lemonade! My Recipe‘s summer version, calls for peach and raspberry, and will yield 6 servings.

  • 6 ounces raspberries
  • 3 sliced peaches
  • 1 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 5 cups of water
  • sugar, or your favorite sweetener, to taste

Blend peach slices and raspberries until smooth. Add mixture to lemon juice, water and sweetener. Place in the refrigerator for a few hours and enjoy!

Watermelon Cucumber Cooler: As Martha Stewart‘s recipe mentions, “nothing screams summer quite like a pretty pink watermelon cocktail.” It will yield 4 servings.

  • 5 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 large English cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey, to taste
  • 2/3 cup vodka
  • Ice

You’ll want to puree watermelon, followed by your cucumbers. In a separate cup mix lime juice and honey together and add to your fresh watermelon and cucumber juice, feel free to skip the vodka. Fill four glasses and garnish with cucumber slices. Enjoy!

Watermelon Frosty: A frosty drink and warm weather, the ultimate combination! This Lunchbox Club recipe is too delicious not to share! This delightful recipe yields 2 servings.

  • 2 cups frozen watermelon cubes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 banana
  • Lemon juice, 1 lemon will do

Toss all ingredients into a smoothie maker or blender. If you’re feeling a bit festive, add 4 oz. or tequila or vodka. Cheers!

 

What’s your favorite summer refreshment?

 

Photos and recipes found on:The Novice ChefMy Recipes, White On Rice Couple, My RecipesMartha Stewart, Lunchbox Club.

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