With the days growing longer and the temperature growing hotter, there’s no better way to celebrate summer than with some deliciously chilled drinks for a summer BBQ or picnic. Yesterday, I shared the bottom 5. If you missed that post, click here. Now I’ll share the top 5 from the list of 10 perfect non-alcoholic summer cocktails that you can enjoy at any outing with family or friends. These drinks were ranked based on ease to prepare and taste.
#5 - Strawberry Colada Smoothie
You can say summer without strawberries! Strawberry smoothies, to be exact. The secret ingredient in this treat is Greek yogurt.
This recipe requires a blender; mix 1 ripe banana, 1 cup of pineapple chunks, 1 cup of Greek yogurt (plain or coconut flavoured), 1 cup of fresh strawberries, and 1 cup of coconut milk. Blend on low pulse until well blended.
Substitute coconut milk for water if you prefer a less creamy version of this drink.
#4 - Glow Water
Combine 1 cup of sparkling water with 3 sprigs of mint, 2 slices of lemon, 1 mini cucumber sliced into rounds, 1 peach sliced, a dash of grated ginger, and give it a good shake. Chill and serve.
#3 - Simple Strawberry Granita Lemonade
Pour a cup of lemonade, add two spoons of syrup, ½ cup of fresh puree strawberries, and sweeten to your liking. Blend it and serve.
#2 - Mango-Strawberry Lemonade
Tropical fruit is my favourite summer treat, so grab a glass of lemonade and toss in some diced mango and thin slices of strawberry. Give it a good stir, add in a few ice cubes if you like, and you got yourself a refreshing summer treat.
#1 - Watermelon Lemonade
Why is this ranked #1?
Well, simply because it’s easier to make, and you don’t need to be a chef to master it. Get a watermelon, some watermelon juice (and if you’re adventurous, you can blend it yourself), and some lemonade. Pour the lemonade into ice cube trays and freeze it overnight. Next, grab a glass of watermelon juice, toss in some cubes of freshly sliced watermelon, and then a few lemonade flavoured ice cubes. And there you have it, watermelon lemonade in a glass.
Have your own top 10 list?
Treat yourself this summer by enjoying one of these cool drinks under the sun. If you got your own summer refresher recipe that you’ll like to share, comment below. I would love to hear which from the top 10 list is your favourite. Comment with your #1 summer refresher.