If you’re looking for summer drinks that are colorful, fresh, and fruity and don’t want to bother with no alcohol, check out these delicious drinks. There is something for everyone.

I think summer drinks are at the top of my list of things I want in the hot summer months, and for me, I’m always on the lookout for a new summer drink that has no alcohol in it and is adult and kid-friendly. If you haven’t noticed, I’m big on recipes that can make everyone happy without making something for every individual who has the time to make an item for everyone.

Of course, these drinks are kid-friendly, but there is no reason you couldn’t put a nice splash of alcohol in there to make it an adult version. I always find there are so many lists that are full of alcohol, so I wanted to create a list for people who want to drink something other than water.

Easy Homemade Agua Fresca

This drink is light and refreshing and you wouldn’t think of pairing strawberries and pineapple together but it makes a perfect refreshing drink in the summertime.

summer drinks, Agua Fresca
summer drinks, Agua Fresca

Ingredients you will need

  • Pineapple I like to use fresh pineapple and cut it into chunks, or a quick option is to buy spears of pineapple and cut them up into pieces.
  • Strawberries
  • Water
  • Agave Nectar I like to use this as a sweetener, but you can use maple syrup or another sweetener you prefer.
  • Lime juice A fresh squeeze of lime juice is essential for this refreshing drink, you can also use fresh lemon.

How to Make Pineapple Strawberry Agua Fresca

  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender with a cup of water until pureed with no pieces of fruit remaining.
  • Strain Blend the mixture through a strainer using a spatula and pour the liquid into the pitcher.
  • Serve Add the remaining water to a pitcher and pour into glasses.

Recipe Variations

The nice about Agua frescas is that it can be made with any number of fruits. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Any berries (blackberries are nice and refreshing)
  • Melon (watermelon, honeydew, canteloupe)
  • Peach
  • mango
  • kiwi
  • Hibiscus
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Pineapple Strawberry Agua Fresca

This light and refreshing summer drink is just the drink to keep you cool all summer long and will be ready in less than 10 minutes and is sweetened with agave nectar.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6 cups

Equipment

  • 1 blender

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups fresh pineapple cut into chunks
  • 1-1/2 cups strawberries
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar or to your desired sweetness
  • 1 lime juiced

Instructions
 

  • Add pineapple, strawberries, 1 cup of water, agave nectar, and lime juice to a blender.
  • Blend until pureed and there are no more chunks left.
  • Pour juice through a strainer into a pitcher. (you may need to use a spoon or spatula to help it through)
  • Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of water to the pitcher. Stir to mix and serve!
Keyword pineapple, strawberries, summer drinks

Cherry Limeade

Cherry limeade is a cold, refreshing non-alcoholic drink that is made with fresh lime juice, Sprite, and cherries and then poured over crushed ice. This drink was inspired by a Sonic drink you can get through the drive-thru there.

Summer drinks, Cherry Limeade in a Glass
Summer drinks, Cherry Limeade in a Glass

Ingredients you will need

  • Ice Any ice will work here but I like to use crushed ice if possible
  • Cherries I use jarred cherries for this recipe and then reserve the cherry juice or syrup to pour into the chilled beverage giving it a nice burst of color.
  • Limes This recipe uses quite a few fresh limes, so make sure you grab enough for around a cup of juice, which works out to be approx. 8–10 limes depending on the size and the amount of juice, and then you will want a couple for garnish too.
  • Sugar Superfine sugar works best in this recipe because it helps dissolve quicker. If you don’t have any, just quickly blend some in your food processor.
  • Soda you can use any lime-type soda, I like to use a lemon-lime soda, sprite, or 7 up.

How to make cherry limeade

  • Fill a pitcher halfway with crushed ice and a few lime slices
  • Add Cherries the cherries into the pitcher, and set the syrup aside for later.
  • In a Medium bowl combine lime juice and sugar, and stir until the sugar starts to dissolve.
  • Pour the lime mixture into the pitcher, then pour in the reserved cherry syrup.
  • Add the lemon line soda, stirring to combine. Ser right away.
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4 Easy Refreshing Summer Drinks

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

  • 1 pitcher 1.8 litre or higher

Ingredients
  

  • crushed ice
  • 1-2 medium limes thinly sliced
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries drained, syrup reserved
  • 1 cup lime juice 8-10 limes, chilled
  • ½ cup fine sugar
  • 2 liter lemon-lime soda chilled

Instructions
 

  • Fill a pitcher halfway with crushed ice. Top with lime slices.
  • Add the cherries, reserving the syrup.
  • In a medium bowl, combine lime juice and sugar. Stir until the sugar starts to dissolve.
  • Pour the lime juice mixture into the pitcher. Then, add the reserved cherry syrup.
  • Add the lemon-lime soda, stirring to combine. Serve immediately.
Keyword cherry, limeade

Watermelon Lemonade

This watermelon lemonade is delicious and refreshing on hot summer days. Plus, with only seven ingredients, it’s easy to make and get back to relaxing.

summer drinks, watermelon lemonade
summer drinks, watermelon lemonade

Ingredients you will need

  • Watermelon you will want to use seedless watermelon and cut into 1-2 inches. If you can only find watermelon with seeds just make sure to remove the seeds.
  • Granulated sugar is used  to sweeten the lemonade
  • Lemon juice and fresh lemon juice are best.
  • Lime juice I like to use lime juice as well in this recipe it helps to balance the flavor.
  • Agave nectar or honey is optional if your looking for this drink to be a little less sweet.

How to make watermelon lemonade

  • Watermelon add cubed watermelon, water, and sugar into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Strainer stain the watermelon juice into a large pitcher or bowl.
  • Combine lemon juice, lime juice, and agave into the pitcher.
  • Serve pour into glass cups and serve with a slice of watermelon.
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Watermelon lemonade

This watermelon lemonade is delicious and refreshing on hot summer days. Plus, with only seven ingredients, it's easy to make and get back to relaxing.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Equipment

  • 1 blender

Ingredients
  

  • 5-6 cups seedless watermelon cut into 1-2 inch cubes
  • 2 cups ice water
  • cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup lemon juice approx. 4 large lemons
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar or honey or maple syrup
  • watermelon slices optional

Instructions
 

  • Add the watermelon, water, and granulated sugar into a blender. Blend until very smooth.
  • Pour the watermelon juice through a strainer into a large pitcher or bowl. Use a spoon to help push the juice through the strainer as needed.
  • Stir in the lemon juice, lime juice, and agave into the pitcher and combine until the agave dissolves. Test for sweetness and add additional sugar, agave, or honey as needed.
  • Serve over ice with a slice of watermelon and Enjoy!
Keyword lemonade, watermelon

Blueberry Lemonade

This blueberry lemonade is refreshing in the summer; it’s sweet and tart, and it’s made from scratch using an easy blueberry syrup.

Ingredients you will need

  • Water: You will need water for simple syrup or puree and for the lemonade as well. I like to use nice clean water that is very cold so that it can be enjoyed more quickly.
  • Blueberries: Fresh or frozen will work well for this recipe. Whichever you have available, I rarely have fresh blueberries available, so I generally use frozen, but either works.
  • Sugar: I use granulated sugar to sweeten the syrup for this recipe.
  • Lemons: Depending on how tangy you like your lemonade, you can use anywhere between 3-5 lemons.
  • Ice cubes: these are for serving with your lemonade

How to make blueberry lemonade

Puree

  • To make the puree, first place the blueberries, sugar, and 1 cup of water in a blender. Blend on medium-high speed for 1 minute or until the blueberries are smooth and pureed.
  • Next, strain the blueberry puree through a fine sieve so that you can remove all of the skin and seeds. If you don’t mind the skins and seeds in your lemonade, you can skip this step

Syrup

To make a simple syrup, first, use a pan and bring 1 cup of water to a boil with blueberries, sugar, and lemon zest. Allow to simmer on a low heat until the sugar dissolves and the liquid thickens slightly. Strain the liquid and allow it to cool.

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The Best Blueberry Lemonade

Refreshing blueberry lemonade: A perfect blend of sweet and tart, quench your thirst with this delightful concoction. Sip into summer bliss with every sip!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 90 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups water divided
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Instructions
 

Blueberry puree

  • Place the blueberries, sugar and 1 cup water in a blender. Blend on medium-high speed for about 1 minute, until the blueberries are completely puréed. Strain the blueberry purée through a fine mesh sieve

Blueberry simple syrup

  • Lemon simple syrup: In a medium pan over medium-high heat, bring 1 cup water, blueberries, sugar, lemon zest strips to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium and simmer until sugar is dissolved and liquid is syrupy, about 5–8 minutes. Mash the berries gently before straining to release the juices. Strain and refrigerate syrup until needed.

Lemonade

  • Combine the blueberry purée or simple syrup with lemon juice and the remaining 3 cups of water. Add more water, if desired. Stir well, and chill. Serve over ice.

Notes

*I use 3 very large lemons and it is flavorful but mild. If you like extra zip, use 4 large or 5 small lemons, including all the zest and juice. 
Keyword blueberry, lemonade
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