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19 Outrageously Good Drinks To Make This Summer (Instead Of Booze)

I'll drink to that.

Now that the weather is getting really warm, nothing's more satisfying than a cooling, booze-free beverage you can sip all afternoon long. ☀️

So we compiled some of the best nonalcoholic drinks out there — like iced teas, agua frescas, slushies, and mocktails — to quench your thirst. From a strawberry switchel or sherbet punch, to a virgin piña colada or creamy horchata, there's something here for every mood and occasion.

1. Sparkling Peach Iced Tea

Honestly, sipping just about any drink in one of these bellini glasses is enough to ease you into the weekend. And this sparkling peach mocktail recipe — made with a base of iced tea — really seals the deal.

Recipe: Sparkling Peach Iced Tea



2. Watermelon Lemonade

Imagine this: You're sitting by the pool, with a glass of this watermelon lemonade in hand, and a copy of that book you know you're not actually going to read in hand. The breeze grazes your cheeks and, for a moment, life is pretty great.

Recipe: Watermelon Lemonade

3. Hibiscus Mint Iced Tea

After trying out this fruity recipe, you'll never want to have hibiscus tea on its own again. The mint and strawberries take things to a whole new level.

Recipe: Hibiscus Mint Iced Tea



4. Easy Iced Coffee with Coffee Cubes

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Here's an option without fruit — for when you want to power through those summer workdays. It's really smart because it has you bulk-prep the coffee the night before so it's waiting for you when you wake up. You can supercharge the caffeine by making half (or all) of the ice cubes from coffee too.

Recipe: Easy Iced Coffee with Coffee Cubes

5. Mexican Horchata

If you (like me) grew up in Southern California — or any other state bordering Mexico — you probably can't imagine a summer without a refreshing, milky glass of horchata. This recipe will show you it's actually not too hard to make by yourself.

Recipe: Mexican Horchata



6. Strawberry Ginger Switchel

If you're looking for something with a kick, try out this refreshing switchel. Besides including the traditional combo of tangy vinegar and ginger, it also gets a sweet twist with a cup of added strawberries.

Recipe: Strawberry Ginger Switchel

7. Raspberry Sherbet Punch

Ice cream? In your beverage? Yep, anything is possible in this raspberry sherbet punch, which — in addition to being tasty — makes for the most aesthetically pleasing centerpiece.

Recipe: Raspberry Sherbet Punch



8. Homemade Ginger Beer

If you're a fan of ginger beer, then you have to try this recipe. The best part is that you'll be able to modify how much spice (or ginger) you put in — because it's never enough.

Recipe: Homemade Ginger Beer

9. Strawberry Prickly Pear Agua Fresca

Made with strawberries and the cactus fruit known as prickly pear (whose taste also resembles that of strawberries), this agua fresca is refreshing, tart, and perfectly sweet.

Recipe: Strawberry Prickly Pear Agua Fresca



10. Blue Hawaiian Punch

You don't have to go to a tiki bar to sip on a fun blue drink. This one comes together with blue Hawaiian punch, pineapple juice, and Sprite — so your kids are bound to love it too.

Recipe: Blue Hawaiian Punch

11. Strawberry Slushie

This three-ingredient recipe comes together with fresh strawberries, sugar, and fresh lemon juice. To make it even juicier, substitute some of the ice for frozen strawberries.

Recipe: Strawberry Slushie



12. Virgin Piña Colada

There are only a few drinks in the world that can instantly transport you onto a relaxing tropical vacation, and tbh, this is one of them. Just one sip and you're napping on a hammock with the waves crashing in the background.

Recipe: Virgin Piña Colada

13. Blended Tropical Pineapple Slushie

Elevate your next backyard BBQ with a tray of these pineapple slushies. Even better, add bananas and pears for the ultimate tropical drink.

Recipe: Blended Tropical Pineapple Slushie



14. Raspberry Lime Agua Fresca

Who needs coffee when you can have this afternoon pick-me-up, whose balance of tartness and sweetness will perk you right up.

Recipe: Raspberry Lime Agua Fresca

15. Strawberry Mint Julep Mocktail

Some drinks taste better *without* the booze because they give you the chance to actually taste all the ingredients. That's true of this drink, which combines strawberry and mint, a match made in beverage heaven.

Recipe: Strawberry Mint Julep Mocktail



16. Frozen Coconut Limeade

Here, smooth and creamy coconut balances sour lime. All you need to add is some ice and a shaded porch chair to nap in all afternoon.

Recipe: Frozen Coconut Limeade

17. Peach Iced Tea

The mother of all hydrating summer drinks, this peach iced tea goes well by itself or with a salty snack. You can also add some extra peach slices and have those on the side.

Recipe: Peach Iced Tea



18. Banana Mocktail

This fun beverage based on the much-loved virgin mocktail served on Princess cruises will quickly transport you to that vacation you're overdue for.

Recipe: Banana Mocktail

19. Stand Mixer Lemonade

The smartest way to juice a bunch of lemons all at once? Quarter them, then toss them into a stand mixer on low speed. Then just run through a strainer, add sugar if you'd like, and serve.

Recipe: Stand Mixer Lemonade

What's your favorite nonalcoholic summer drink? Share in the comments!



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