50 Refreshing Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Make for Summer
The key to the ultimate summer hang is cool and refreshing drinks. While cocktails and even punch are generally served during the season, it's nice to offer non-alcoholic options that deliver just as much flavor and enjoyment without the booze. It's often as easy as removing the liquor from the recipe, while other concoctions rely on herbs, flavorings, and even chilies for an extra punch. These alcohol-free summer drinks are sure to keep guests happy.
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The mild and soothing flavor of lavender is common in baked goods and is starting to appear in drinks. A recipe in the Small Footprint Family blog for this simple combination is a way to ease into cooking with floral elements. Be sure to use food-grade lavender, which is cheap and easy to find online or at local farmers markets.
A vanilla bean takes peach iced tea to the next level with its aromatic intensity and illusion of creaminess. Boiling a vanilla bean in the tea water provides more intense flavor than an extract, too.
Update the traditional recipe by using fresh seasonal fruit as the base rather than sugary and pricey store-bought sodas. The result is even better than most people remember.
Tart and full of flavor, passion fruit is an intriguing flavor for everything from cocktails to cakes. Ideally, use fresh passion fruit, but in a pinch check your grocery store's frozen aisle for passion fruit puree that comes ready to mix with water and sugar.
This traditional Mexican soft drink is made from fermenting pineapple, and it produces a fizzy beverage that lands somewhere between sweet and sour. While it is fermented for a few days, it does not contain significant amounts of alcohol.
Intense and sweet, Thai iced tea is always a treat. Because of its richness one serving goes a long way, which makes this an excellent choice for those minding their party-planning budget.
Sprinkle chili powder on pineapple spears to give this drink the charm of a michelada with none of the alcohol. Use bottled soda or make it yourself by combining fresh grapefruit juice, soda water, and sugar to taste.
Beautifully pink-hued and infused with summer strawberries, this twist on traditional lemonade never gets old. To mix things up, try garnishing each glass with sprigs of herbs or a combination of citrus wheels.
Pretty in pink, this sweet punch is an easy crowd pleaser made from cheap staples like juice concentrate, sugar, and water. Substitute oranges for a sweeter and milder punch, or combine different types of citrus.
This water tastes better the longer it sits. It takes just seconds to throw together, and transforms a batch of water into something special for a small price. As simple as it is, it is remarkably refreshing.
It doesn't get much simpler than this. Just a few cinnamon sticks are enough to infuse enough water for a party, which may be the cheapest way to step up your non-alcoholic beverage game.
The key to this boldly-flavored drink is using extra tea bags for a concentrated final product. Adjust the flavor and texture by playing with different kinds of milk, like coconut or condensed.
A classic blend of lemonade and iced tea, this oldie-but-goodie is still a go-to summer sipper. Sticklers for tradition will stick to 3 parts tea to 1 part lemonade, but feel free to mix it up.
A drink this easy and tasty is too good not to make. When summertime watermelon is plentiful and inexpensive, this should be a staple at every gathering. Simply blend watermelon with water and the juice of a lime and enjoy.
An old-school favorite, Shirley Temples are the mocktails of choice for children everywhere. Recreate this classic at home with a few simple ingredients. Making this into a large format punch also works well for a crowd.
While it walks the line between beverage and dessert, this non-alcoholic option is a no-fail hit at any summer get together. With just root beer and ice cream, it's easy to let guests create their own.
Pomegranate juice has an almost bitter pithiness that, combined with sweet orange juice, creates a drink that is more than the sum of its parts. Deceptively simple, this will likely become a summer staple. Add lime for an extra kick.
Banana daiquiris have been gracing cocktail menus for decades. Ripe bananas lend a sweet and creamy texture to a tropical tradition. Use any favorite banana daiquiri recipe and skip the rum for a non-alcoholic version.
This refreshing soda is remarkably simple. Mix sparkling water with pomegranate juice, then add lime juice and sugar to taste. It also makes a nice addition to a breakfast or brunch spread served from a pitcher.
Jazzing up a pitcher of iced tea with herbs is cheap, especially if you use ingredients from your garden. Experiment with different types of herbs ranging from thyme and rosemary to tarragon and basil.