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 Drinks


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


Brandy Slush

Brandy Slush

This slush with a hint of citrus keeps you cool on hot summer days. Even if you're no a tea lover, you'll likely find the mix of flavors pleasing.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris

Blend this refreshing pink drink to serve on a hot summer day, for a barbecue or during a Mexican-themed party.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


Spiked Lemonade

Spiked Lemonade

Rum gives a tropical addition to this fabulous homemade lemonade. For a variation, substitute vodka for the rum.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


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



Non-Alcoholic Drinks


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


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


Raspberry Ice Tea

Raspberry Ice Tea

I treasure this recipe because of the make-ahead convenience it offers.
—Lois McGrady, Hillsville, Virginia


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


Tangy Strawberry Slush

When temperatures rise, cool things down with this ice-cold fruity slush. Keep some in the freezer for when guests pop in on a sultry evening.
—Laura Reigel, Sheboygan, Wisconsin



Wine Drinks


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.


White Sangria

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


Topsy-Turvy Sangria

Topsy-Turvy Sangria

This recipe is perfect for relaxed get-togethers. It's even better if you make it the night before and let the flavors steep.
—Tracy Field, Bremerton, Washington


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






Drink Tips


Summer Drink Recipes
  • 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




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