Cool, Refreshing Summer Drinks
Fruit-filled, kid-friendly punches and adult-pleasing cocktails are perfect treats on hot days.
Sparkling Elderflower Lemonade
Recipe: Sparkling Elderflower Lemonade
Elderflower liqueur is sweet, delicate, and floral, like nectar from a spring bouquet.
Blackberry Pisco Sours
Recipe: Blackberry Pisco Sours
Pisco is a South American grape brandy popular in Peru and Chile. If you can't find it in your area, feel free to substitute white tequila, grappa, or vodka. Don't be alarmed by the strength of this new classic; it's a cocktail that's meant to be sipped and savored.
Recipe: Lemon-Mint Sparklers
Make the Lemon-Mint Syrup a week ahead, and keep cold. Chill the club soda, too, but mix the drink just before serving to keep it nice and fizzy. Use leftover syrup to make boozy Lemon-Mint-Bourbon Sparklers for the grown-ups in your crowd, and set up a self-serve beverage station with fresh lemon and mint leaves.
Frozen Peach Old Fashioned
Recipe: Frozen Peach Old Fashioned
Served ice cold, these refreshing cocktails keep your guests cool.
Strawberry Margarita Spritzers
Recipe: Strawberry Margarita Spritzers
Club soda, fresh whole strawberries, and frozen daiquiri mix set these margarita spritzers apart. Serve on sultry summer days and enjoy the fizzy sweetness of these colorful cocktails.
Recipe: Cava Sangria
For a light and quick poolside drink, Cava Sangria is the way to go. Refreshing and fruity, this 5-ingredient sangria has the perfect combination of flavors from the strawberries and mint leaves. After the first sip, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation.
Raspberry Beer Cocktail
Marian’s Iced Tea
Recipe: Marian’s Iced Tea
No summertime meal in the South is complete without good ole iced tea. Glass carafes and lemon slices make an elegant presentation of this classic.
Recipe: Southern Breeze
This kid-friendly punch makes a special treat out of lemonade mix by mixing it with the tropical flavor of pineapple juice and the bubbly carbonation in ginger ale. Serve with paper cocktail umbrellas for a fun entertaining touch.
Recipe: Blackberry Cocktail
Atlanta Chef Anne Quatrano’s recipe releases the flavors of summer’s fresh mint, blackberries, and cucumber into this drink. Pour the cocktail into glasses garnished with cucumber, blackberries, lime wedges, and mint sprigs.
Recipe: Cantaloupe Cooler
Juicy summer melon is even more refreshing when blended with ginger ale, limeade, and a hint of fresh ginger. Substitute watermelon or honeydew if you like.
Lemonade Iced Tea
Recipe: Lemonade Iced Tea
Lemonade and fresh mint leaves provide a flavorful fruit twist to this classic summer drink. One reader suggested adding a tablespoon of orange-flavored vodka to a glass of the drink to add a grown-up kick.
Carolina Peach Sangria
Recipe: Carolina Peach Sangria
Add fresh summer peaches and raspberries to this Southern version of the classic wine punch. Make the sangria the day before to allow the flavors to blend.
Homemade Orange Soda
Recipe: Homemade Orange Soda
This simple mixture of orange juice and lemon-lime soft drink offers the refreshing bubbles from the carbonated soda with the tang of citrus juice.
Recipe: Watermelon-Mint Margaritas
Use leftover watermelon to make this slushy summer drink. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
Pink Lemonade Cocktail
Recipe: Pink Lemonade Cocktail
Serve this adult version of kid-favorite pink lemonade in wine glasses. Garnish with fresh cranberries and citrus slices.
Peach Iced Tea
Recipe: Peach Iced Tea
You can’t go wrong with the combination of two Southern summertime favorites—sweet tea and peaches. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a lunch or afternoon snack.
Frozen Cranberry Margaritos
Recipe: Frozen Cranberry Margaritos
A mojito traditionally uses rum; here we use tequila instead, hence the fun title. Dip rims of glasses in lime juice and a mixture of equal parts kosher salt and sugar for a twist on salt-rimmed glasses.
Classic Sweet Tea
Recipe: Classic Sweet Tea
We love this recipe because it's got strong tea flavor without being bitter, and it's sweet but not cloying.
Cool Lavender Lemonade
Recipe: Cool Lavender Lemonade
Lavender and mint add a fresh herb flair to classic lemonade. This recipe is perfect for lemonade stands and backyard parties alike.
Southern Sweet Tea
Sweet Tea Spritzer
Recipe: Sweet Tea Spritzer
If iced tea is the house wine of the South, consider this our summer sangria.
Grapefruit Tequila Fizz
Recipe: Grapefruit Tequila Fizz
You'll want to make a whole batch of this citrusy spritzer. It's perfect for outdoor gatherings and kicking back on the porch.