A collection of 10 healthy refreshing drinks to quench your thirst and help keep you cool this summer.
The mercury is on the rise which means it’s time to start swapping out some of those cozy cups of coffee and tea for something a little more refreshing. Ice cold drinks are a must when the summer heat is at its worst, so I’ve put together this collection of refreshing non-alcoholic summer drinks to quench your thirst and help keep you cool over the next few months.
Nothing says summer more than being outdoors, and whether you’re relaxing on the porch, at a backyard barbecue, or lounging poolside, you need a little something to sip on. With everything from lemonades to iced teas and slushies, there’s a drink for everyone and every occasion.
If you're feeling adventurous: make a bottle of switchel or a shrub soda. If you prefer the classics, try an iced tea or an agua fresca. Whichever you choose, summer is the time to sit back with a drink in hand and forget about everything else.
This mock, non-alcoholic sangria filled with strawberries, cherries and plums is just as refreshing and crowd-pleasing as the original.
Watermelon, hibiscus and lime lend their flavors to this agua fresca that’s sweet, tart and incredibly thirst-quenching.
A batch of homemade, fruity raspberry grapefruit iced tea is the ultimate spring and summertime drink and the perfect foil for the hottest of days
4. Honey Ginger Lemonade (With 8 Variations)
There’s nothing quite as thirst quenching as an icy cold glass of lemonade on a hot day.
Switchel is the original electrolyte drink and is remarkably thirst quenching on a hot day, especially when poured over ice.
6. Hibiscus Berry Shrub (aka Drinking Vinegar)
With its refreshing sweet-tart taste this hibiscus berry shrub is a thirst-quenching alternative to soda.
At the height of summer, when the heat is at its most intense, a creamy and cooling peach lassi hits the spot.
8. Summer Fruit Slushies (Paleo, Vegan)
A homemade slush is sure to bring back childhood memories and this thirst-quenching version is packed with the best summer fruit.
9. Mexican Frozen Hot Chocolate (Paleo, Vegan)
Gently spiced Mexican frozen hot chocolate made slushy-style in the blender is the iced version of your favorite wintertime drink.
10. Iced Matcha Mint Latte (Dairy-Free)
If you’re looking for a cooling coffee-free way to start off the day or get you through the afternoon then look no further.
Sylvie Shirazi is the recipe developer and food photographer behind Gourmande in the Kitchen. For the last 10 years she's been making eating more healthfully easy and accessible with gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and vegan recipes that are free from processed ingredients.