Asking Southerners if they love cold drinks is a bit like confirming the sun rises in the east.
On a hot, humid, summer afternoon, few beverages beat some of our favorite classics. For a fun, fizzy glass on a long, hot day, make a Southern Breeze. This drink recipe mixes lemonade, pineapple juice, and ginger ale for a tart-yet-sweet delight. We're also pretty partial to a Lime Fizz, which you can serve with or without alcohol. You can keep any leftover simple syrup and use it for a pitcher of sweet tea. Now sweet tea is an art unto itself, so our recipe for Classic Sweet Tea may help.
It's not bitter, and it's not too sweet: Southerners would say it is just right, y'all. For some seasonal sensations, make a few batches of Cucumber-Ginger Limeade, or try some Blackberry-Lime Aqua Fresca. You'll love the berry and lime combination. And remember, it is easy to make a summer sipper: just have some carbonated water on hand, and you can mix it in with any number of delicious juices and fruits to make a summer blend. Enjoy these cold drinks, and beat the heat of summer.