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Best Summer Drinks

One of the keys to a good summer party is keeping the glasses full! So try these summer drink recipes—including mixed drinks, tropical alcoholic drinks, ice tea, lemonade, fruit sangria recipes and more—for beverages your guests will love.


Warm-weather entertaining is a breeze with cool, refreshing drinks made in batches. Keep these tips in mind when planning your next summer get-together:

  • Offer at least two choices of drinks.
  • If serving alcohol, provide at least one non-alcoholic beverage option.
  • Cold cocktails made in batches make serving a crowd easy and fun.


Alcoholic Drink Recipes

Berries, basil and more summer flavors fill these adult-only beverages. Try one of these unique cocktails at your next summer party.


Passion Fruit Hurricanes

Passion Fruit Hurricanes

This is our version of the famous Hurricane beverage that's so popular in New Orleans.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Blue Lagoon Margaritas

Blue Lagoon Margaritas

This is one super drink that'll have the neighbors asking, "What's that?" Show them and make an extra batch to share.
—Willie DeWaard, Coralville, Iowa

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Blackberry Beer Cocktail

Blackberry Beer Cocktail

This refreshing hard lemonade has a mild alcohol flavor; the beer adds just enough fizz to dance on your tongue as you sip. Sorry, adults only!
—Ginger Sullivan, Cutler Bay, Florida

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New England Iced Tea

New England Iced Tea

While growing up in Massachusetts, my family spent summers at our cottage. The clam bakes on the beach would also include these cocktails for the adults.
—Ann Liebergen, Brookfield, Wisconsin

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Strawberry-Basil Cocktail

This cocktail of sun-ripened strawberries and tender basil is so refreshing without being overly sweet. It's our favorite.
—Mary Marlowe Leverette, Columbia, South Carolina

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Summer Wine Drink Recipes

Ideal summer wines are light, affordable and best served with a slight chill.

For red wine, choose an inexpensive Chianti, which is great with grilled meats; or Beaujolais, a fruity, young, fun wine that's perfect for picnic foods or light hors d'oeuvres. Pop reds into ice for 20-30 minutes before serving.

For white wines, consider a light, versatile Riesling or, if feeling a bit more adventurous, Portugal's Vinho Verde (green wine) is refreshing, tart and excellent served ice-cold.


Quick White Sangria

Quick White Sangria

Using white instead of red wine makes my version of sangria a little lighter, yet it still has the same wonderful sweetness. Frozen fruit allows me to serve this any time of year.
—Sharon Tipton, Orlando, Florida

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Bella Basil Raspberry Tea

Bella Basil Raspberry Tea

Beautiful basil and fresh raspberries lend bright color and refreshing flavor to this grown-up iced tea. You'll love the fun fizz and make-ahead convenience for parties.
—Laurie Bock, Lynden, Washington

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Peach Wine Coolers

Peach Wine Coolers

The fantastic flavors of honey, wine and brandy come through to make a special drink for summer. It's like sunshine in a glass!
—Annie Hendricks, Burbank, California

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Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes

Pretty pitchers of lemonade and other non-alcoholic choices let guests help themselves, and it's easy to keep plenty on hand in reserve.


Raspberry Iced Tea

Raspberry Iced Tea

One sip and you'll likely agree this is the best flavored tea you've ever tasted.
—Christine Wilson, Sellersville, Pennsylvania

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Sunny Orange Lemonade

Sunny Orange Lemonade

Here's a beverage that'll really hit the spot. Filled with tangy goodness, it'll quench your thirst any time of year.
—Martha Schwartz, Sarasota, Florida

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Watermelon Cooler

Summer means cooling off with a slice of watermelon and a glass of cold lemonade. This combines two favorites in one.
—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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Blueberry Lime Slush

My husband's family makes a cranberry beverage for the holidays. I've changed it up and serve it winter and summer, when blueberries are in season.
—Rebecca Bratsman, Tacoma, Washington

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Don't Forget the Ice!

Taste of Home readers share how they make summer drinks special with flavored ice cubes.


  • Iced tea or lemonade for a party looks lovely and tastes great when served with special ice cubes. Freeze a sprig of mint or lemon balm or several slivers of lemon zest in each cube and drop a few in each glass. I also put cubes of frozen pink lemonade (sometimes with maraschino cherries in the center) in regular lemonade. As they melt, the yellow lemonade turns a delicate pink.
    —Ginger B., Reidsville, North Carolina
  • Make "flavored" ice cubes from lemonade, fruit juice or punch to help chill the same beverage. This keeps the drink cold without diluting it.
    —Julia Griffin, Walsh, Colorado
  • I freeze leftover fruit juices in an ice cube tray. I use these fruity ice cubes to add extra flavor to lemonade and iced tea. They're handy to have on hand when someone drops in to visit because they seem a little more special.
    —Betty D., Abbotsford, Wisconsin