10 Refreshing Drinks For A Hot Summer Day
Whether you just need to cool off on a hot day or are hosting a summer party, a great cocktail recipe is always a good thing to have on hand. While classical cocktails will never lead you astray, there is nothing more fun than experimenting while mixing a drink. And with the summer months bursting with fresh produce, it is the ideal time to think beyond the usual standard martini and try out something with a bit of seasonal flavor.
Experimenting with unique liquor, fruits, or fresh herbs should, undoubtedly, keep your summer days refreshing and interesting. Below, therefore, we take a look at 10 recipes for drinks/cocktails (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) that are perfect for a hot summer day as follows:
1. Raspberry Peach Iced Tea
This slightly sweetened iced tea is deliciously fruity and so refreshing.
· 2 sliced peaches, plus more for garnish
· 1 cup of raspberries, plus more for garnish
· 2 tea bags
· 3 tablespoons of agave nectar, or more to taste
· Mint leaves for garnish
· Begin by steeping tea bags in about 4 cups of boiling water in accordance with package instructions before discarding them and letting the tea cool.
· Then, combine agave nectar, raspberries, and peaches in a blender and blend until smooth. Afterwards, strain through a fine sieve, or cheesecloth.
· Whisk together the brewed tea and raspberry peach mixture in a large pitcher then place in a refrigerator until it is chilled.
· Serve over peach slices, raspberries, ice, and mint leaves, if you so wish.
2. Peach Prosecco Punch
An incredibly bubbly and refreshing party punch made with fresh berries, peach nectar, and Prosecco. This party cocktail can be made in just 5 minutes and before you know it, your guests will be asking for a second glass!
· 2 cups of chilled, peach nectar
· 3 cups of chilled prosecco
· 1 cup of blueberries
· 1 cup of raspberries
· Start by whisking together peach nectar and prosecco in a large pitcher.
· Thereafter, serve over blueberries, raspberries, and ice if desired.
3. Gin and Mint
An elegant, cool, and refreshing serve to which you can add more bite with a dash of lemon juice if you so wish.
· Gin (50ml)
· A slice of fresh cucumber, quartered
· 2 tender top sprigs of fresh mint (washed)
· Chilled elderflower presse (not concentrate)
· Thin lemon slice and small mint sprig to garnish
· Place the gin, cucumber and mint pieces in the bottom of a glass jug or cocktail shaker, and stir for a few minutes, squashing down the cucumber and mint with the back of a spoon in order to bruise them and release their juices.
· Strain the resultant mixture into a tall, thin tumbler containing ice cubes, and top it all with spritzy elderflower presse. Lastly, garnish with lemon and mint before serving.
4. Sparkling Cherry Lemonade
This is, arguably, the easiest, most budget-friendly lemonade that you can make in just less than 15 minutes. You do not even require any syrup. All you have to do is to pitt the cherries and then throw everything else into the blender. When ready to be served, just pour in the cherry mixture with sparkling water and you are good to go. It is an incredibly refreshing cocktail with the perfect combination of tartness and sweetness in a glass of bubbly goodness.
· 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
· 12 ounces of pitted cherries
· 4 cups of sparkling water
· ⅔ cup sugar
· To make the cherry syrup, combine sugar, lemon juice, and cherries in a blender until smooth. When this is done, place the resultant mixture in a refrigerator until chilled.
· Serve over sparkling water and ice.
5. Lavender Gin Cup
Lavender can be used to infuse vodka or gin, resulting in it giving up its characteristic summery scent quite easily.
· 100ml of cold lemonade
· 50ml of lavender gin
· A stalk of lavender to garnish
· A dash of lemon juice
· Make lavender gin by soaking about 20 dried, unsprayed lavender flower heads in gin (70cl), and leave it for two weeks. After the expiry of this period, strain off and discard the lavender and use it as soon as possible, while gin retains the fragrance of the flowers.
· Next, pour about 50ml of lavender gin into a tall tumbler with ice, before topping up with lemonade. Also, add a few drops of lemon juice to taste as well as a stalk of lavender to stir with whilst sipping.
6. Easy Berry Sangria
With just 5 minutes of prep time (and an hour to chill), the easy berry sangria is easy, quick, and ideal for entertaining large crowds, or even a party of one.
· 1 cup of thinly sliced strawberries
· 1 bottle of rose wine (750ml)
· 1/2 cup blueberries
· 1/2 cup blackberries
· 1/2 cup raspberries
· 12 ounces of lemon-lime soda
· ¼ cup sugar
· Whisk together sugar, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and rose wine in a large pitcher.
· Let the resultant mixture chill in a refrigerator for about an hour.
· Thereafter, serve over ice together with lemon-lime soda.
7. Apricot Passion
This hugely succulent, tangy, and fruity summer drink can use either apricot jam passed through a sieve or apricot glaze (which comes in jars and is found in the baking section of major supermarkets).
· 2 tsp of sieved apricot jam or apricot glaze
· 30ml gin
· 10ml lime juice
· 30ml of passion fruit juice drink
· In a glass with a little crushed ice, pour the gin over the apricot glaze and stir until the apricot is dissolved.
· Next, add the lime juice and passion fruit juice and stir further whilst adding more crushed ice. Once done, serve with a straw.
8. Strawberry Pineapple Mimosas
This is, undoubtedly, one of the quickest, easiest, and best 4-ingredient mimosas that can be conjured up on a hot summer day. Best of all, the addition of strawberries adds color and some wine-soaked strawberries that you can snack on later, along with a tropical pineapple twist.
· 1 1/2 cups of pineapple juice
· 1 1/2 cups of orange juice
· 1 bottle of chilled, sparkling white wine
· 1/2 cup of thinly sliced strawberries
· Using a pitcher, mix pineapple and orange juice. Then, pour the resultant pineapple-orange mixture into champagne flutes until they are half full. Fill the rest of the glasses with white wine.
· Thereafter, serve garnished with strawberries if you so wish.
While herbs are renowned for working well with gin (fresh basil is an excellent idea in a gin cocktail), the grassiness and mild aniseed of tarragon is even better (you could add a few drops of pastis for a stronger aniseed flavor).
· 15 ml of tarragon syrup
· 50ml gin
· 25ml of fresh lime juice
· Lime slices to garnish
· Begin by making tarragon syrup. This is done by heating a small cup each of fresh tarragon leaves, white sugar, and water, and stirring until the sugar is dissolved. However, do not allow the mixture to boil. Instead, remove it from the heat and allow it to steep for about 10 minutes.
· Next, strain off the tarragon and allow the syrup to cool before pouring the tarragon syrup, gin, and lime juice into a tumbler with ice. Stir briefly and then serve, garnishing with a thin slice of lime.
10. White Sangria Sparkler
This bubbly, refreshing sangria is loaded with tons of fruity goodness- and best of all; this show-stopping cocktail can be put together in less than 5 minutes. It is an incredibly cool summer drink that guarantees bubbly goodness and with all the colorful fruits you can add, it just makes it even more fun to drink.
· 2 sliced peaches
· 1 bottle of white wine
· 1 cup of raspberries
· 2 thinly sliced and peeled kiwis
· 1 bottle of sparkling white wine
· 3 tablespoons of sugar, and more, to taste
· 8 sprigs mint
· Whisk together sugar, raspberries, kiwis, peaches, and white wine in a large pitcher before allowing the resultant mixture to chill in a refrigerator for about an hour.
· Thereafter, serve this cocktail over ice with sparkling white wine, garnished with mint, if you so choose.
In the real heat of the summer, you are bound to find yourself wanting something more than the average chilled drink. Since the perfect cocktail can complete any summer day, the beach, sun, and sand, together with an easy breezy cocktail is really all you and your family/friends need to wind down and enjoy the summer. The above cocktail recipes thus provide the perfect way to usher in the summer as they are all blended with ice and are just what you need to chill out when the temperature is pushing triple digits.