1. Arnold Palmer
Is there anything more refreshing than a classic Arnold Palmer? One part iced tea, one part lemonade, two parts refreshing. What a delicious way to beat the heat. Plus, it’s what Arnold Palmer himself would drink, so…
Find a classic recipe at Southern Kitchen.
2. Blood Orange Cooler
Blood orange is SO on trend this summer! Plus, the deep ruby color will be appealing to any kid, guaranteed. Doesn’t this just scream summer? It’s so fun! The secret to keeping this beverage from being too tart and sour? Vanilla extract and honey! Genius!
Here’s a tasty recipe from Marisa Moore.
3. Blue Punch Lemonade
Blue lemonade? Sounds wacky as all heck, but all the cool kids are drinking it, duh. This cool blue drink will probably make you feel like jumping in the pool or the ocean, or any body of water for that matter! What a conundrum!
Find a refreshing recipe over at Mandy’s Recipe Blog Box.
4. Chocolatey Chocolate Shake
Is there any better way to beat the heat than with an extra-thick, extra-chocolatey old-fashioned milkshake? Nope, there isn’t! Plus, what’s a more classic combo than chocolate and ice cream? Name one! I dare you!
Try this recipe from Cravings of a Lunatic.
5. Watermelon Slushee
A blended watermelon drink is the quintessential thirst quencher for the summer. Seriously, who doesn’t think of summer when they eat a watermelon? It’s so yummy and refreshing. In fact, I’m going to the store to buy one right now.
Find a refreshing recipe over at Damn Delicious.
6. Classic Lemonade
It’s not really the start of summer until you’ve made your first pitcher of classic, old-fashioned lemonade. All you need are lemons, water, and sugar. So simple. So tasty. Why don’t we make this more often?
Try this traditional recipe from The Cookful.
7. Ginger Lemonade
Adding fresh ginger to lemonade is a unique and tasty way to add a tart and refreshing twist on a classic lemonade recipe. Fresh ginger works best for this; plus, ginger will give your immune system a much-needed boost! Win/win! Tasty and medicinal!
Check out this easy recipe at The Buddhist Chef.
8. Green Monster Smoothie
Start off your warm summer morning the right way with a delicious and healthy green monster smoothie! This baby is packed with vitamins and minerals, and tastes like a green dream.
Find a recipe that features kiwis and strawberries with your greens at Simple Green Smoothies.
9. Lime Fizzer
The simplicity of fresh lemons and limes combined with soda water and sugar will make this easy Mason jar mocktail your new summer go-to. Plus, citrus is just so refreshing during the summer, don’t you think? Yum!
Try this recipe from Genius Kitchen.
10. Lemon and Mint Iced Tea
If you have a windowsill garden and grow your own herbs, why not create some delicious iced tea beverages with them? This iced green tea uses fresh mint leaves and lemon slices to kick the flavor up a notch.
Mix up this recipe from Paleo Leap.
11. Jalapeño, Lime, and Orange Cooler
Fact: You should not be afraid to add a little spice to your beverages! As long as you remove the seeds and rinse the jalapeños, this concoction shouldn’t be too spicy, either. And of course, if your child doesn’t like spicy things, don’t serve them this mocktail; you can just omit the jalapeños and still have a yummy beverage.
Find a delicious recipe at The Wooden Skillet.
12. Mango and Chia Seed Smoothie
A mango and chia seed smoothie is the perfect pick-me-up after an outdoor activity, like building sandcastles on the beach (or lying around on a lounge chair — I don’t judge). Plus, indulging in this mango smoothie will make you feel just like you are on a tropical island somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean without a care in the world.
Try this recipe from Beaming Baker.
13. Mango Faux-jito
Mango is the undisputed champion when it comes to summer fruits. Fresh mint leaves give this mocktail the mojito treatment, sans the rum. And look at that gorgeous color! Who wouldn’t want to savor every last drop of this delectable beverage?
Check out this recipe from Aromatic Essence.
14. Orange Dreamsicle
I’m sorry, but if anyone can think of a sweeter and more delicious combination than oranges and cream, please email me. Thanks. This definitely reminds me of warm summer days by the pool, eating creamisclesin between swimming. The nostalgia factor is so real with this recipe.
Get a similar recipe from Cake ‘n’ Knife.
15. Raspberry Lemonade
Yes, there are many different variations of lemonade on this list. And yes, you’re going to want to try all of them, especially this raspberry lemonade, which combines simple ingredients like — yep, you guessed it — raspberries, sugar, lemons, and water. Simple, easy, and totally scrumptious.
Find a yummy recipe at Culinary Hill.
16. Raspberry Peach Lemonade
For a lighter, fruitier take on raspberry lemonade, adding fresh peaches is the way to go! Both peach juice and peach slices add a sweet twist to an otherwise classic refreshing summertime beverage. Plus, drinking it out of a Mason jar will make you feel like you’re hanging out in the backwoods of the Mississippi river on a dock with your closest friends and family, soaking up the sunset while trying not to get eaten alive by mosquitos. Hey, it’s all about the experience, right?
Whip up this cooling recipe from The Chunky Chef.
17. Strawberry "Margarita"
Sometimes, your kids want to be included in the fun beverage action when they’re by the pool with you or just hanging out on the patio. Or maybe they just want something fruity and cold to go with their taco lunch. This blended strawberry beverage has all the deliciousness of a margarita, but without the alcohol.
Find a tasty recipe over at Julie’s Eats and Treats.
18. Blueberry Faux-jito
There’s something about juicy, ripe berries that just screams summer! Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries — literally, you can use any type of berry here — combined with fresh mint leaves and club soda make for the perfect refreshing beverage on a scalding hot day.
Check out this recipe from Pepper Delight.
19. Tropical Cooler
Everyone knows the best flavor Capri Sun has to offer is Tropical Cooler, and now you can re-create the iconic beverage all on your own! Pineapple juice, lemon juice, orange juice, and grenadine are just a few of the tasty ingredients in this summertime mocktail.
Try this recipe from The Spruce Eats.
20. Watermelon Lime Chiller
OK, watermelon is also the undisputed fruit champion of summer. It and mango are tied for first place, no doubt. Add a unique twist to this classic summer flavor by pairing it with fresh lime juice. A little sweet, a little tart, totally delicious!
Try this recipe (sans the optional rum) over at Tori Avey.
21. Blackberry Lemonade
Blackberries and lemons make for a unique but tasty combination. Add 1-2 drops of blue food coloring to get a beautiful color like the one above, and garnish with orange slices to really kick up the presentation of this summertime Mason jar mocktail that’s sure to please everyone in your crowd!
Try this thirst-quenching recipe from Taste of Home.