Refreshing Drinks - 4 different recipes in photo collage

If you’re looking for colorful, fresh, fruity drinks that are refreshing and perfect for summer, here are four homemade drink ideas. 

Cool Drinks - Photo Collage with Lemonade, Limeade, and Floats

There is an abundance of recipes for alcoholic drinks of all kinds, but I wanted to create a series of non-alcoholic drinks that were impressively beautiful, fresh, and delicious.

Drinks that could be enjoyed by kids and adults alike, whether it’s at a special family gathering or a larger party with friends and neighbors.

Each drink here is simple to make, and the components can be made in advance and stored in the fridge.

Refreshing Summer Non Alcoholic Drinks Made with Fresh Fruits

Each one has its own character to it, and highlights different types of gorgeous summer fruit.

The triple melon sorbet float is fruity and fizzy, the strawberry limeade is perfectly sweet and tart, the homemade raspberry vanilla soda is aromatic and bubbly, and the cantaloupe agua fresca tastes like the most wonderful fresh melon water.

Here are the recipes and videos for each. Hope you enjoy them, and stay cool!

Strawberry Limeade:

Lemonade is one of the most popular summer drinks (and I do have a mint lemonade I love), but I like limeade even more!

I find the flavor of lime to be a bit brighter, and to pair with the strawberries beautifully. It’s a classic enjoyed by pretty much everyone.

Strawberry Limeade - In a Mason Jar with Straw

Strawberry Limeade in Glass

Strawberry Limeade

This strawberry limeade is perfectly sweet and tart, and very refreshing drink for summer.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 lb sliced strawberries
  • 20-30 mint leaves
  • 2 cups cold water

Instructions 

  • To make the simple syrup, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan, and cook over medium high heat for 5-10 minutes until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is clear.
  • In a large mason jar or a pitcher, combine the lime juice, simple syrup, strawberries, mint, and water. Let sit in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Sodium: 6mg, Potassium: 127mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 34g, Vitamin A: 455IU, Vitamin C: 21.4mg, Calcium: 33mg, Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

Summer Melon Sorbet Floats:

Root beer floats are the most popular float drink, but you can go lighter with fresh melon balls, fruit sorbet, and seltzer.

Melon Sorbet Float in a glass with mint

Melon Sorbet Float In Glass

Melon Sorbet Float

The triple melon sorbet float is fruity and fizzy, and a great summer drink recipe!
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Ingredients

  • assorted melon balls (watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, etc)
  • 2 scoops lemon, raspberry, or other fruity sorbet
  • fresh mint leaves
  • seltzer water

Instructions 

  • Freeze the melon balls for at least three hours until frozen. 
  • To make the drink, put the sorbet into the bottom of a glass, then top with the frozen melon balls. Drop in as much fresh mint as you'd like (anywhere from a couple leaves to a handful), then top with seltzer water. 
  • Let the sorbet melt to sweeten and flavor the drink. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 2kcal, Sodium: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

Homemade Raspberry Vanilla Soda Recipe:

No storebought soda can compare to a fresh soda made at home, using real fruit syrup cooked from scratch.

Here I make a raspberry vanilla simple syrup, but you could also do other flavors using Strawberry Simple Syrup or the Peach Simple Syrup from this Sparkling Peach Iced Tea.

Raspberry Vanilla Soda in a glass with straw

Raspberry vanilla Soda in Glass

Raspberry Vanilla Soda

This homemade raspberry vanilla soda is aromatic and bubbly, and great for a refreshing summer drink.
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • seltzer water
  • ice

Instructions 

  • In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine the water, sugar, and raspberries. Cook for about 5 minutes until the mixture is bubbling away and the sugar is dissolved. Stir and cook this mixture for another 5 minutes, until the raspberries have cooked down.
  • Set a fine mesh strainer over a measuring cup or bowl and strain the saucepan mixture, pressing down on the raspberry pulp to squeeze out all the juice. Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract, and let this chill in the refrigerator.
  • To serve, fill a glass with ice and add 2-3 tbsp of the raspberry syrup. Add about a cup of seltzer on top, and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 52kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin C: 1.5mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

Cantaloupe Mint Agua Fresca Recipe:

Agua frescas are great for truly appreciating the flavor of the fruit, and while this recipe uses cantaloupe, honeydew melon is another great option.

Cantaloupe Agua Fresca in two glasses with mint

Cantaloupe Agua Fresca

Cantaloupe Mint Agua Fresca

This cantaloupe agua fresca tastes like the most wonderful fresh melon water.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cantaloupe (3.5 pounds, or 4 cups chopped fruit)
  • 1.5 cups cold water
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • a few sprigs fresh mint (or basil)
  • ice

Instructions 

  • Cut the cantaloupe up by first cutting in half, then into quarters, and cut the flesh away from the rind. Cut into chunks and place into a blender. Blend until fully pureed, then strain the puree through a fine mesh strainer in order to collect the juice.
  • Pour the juice into a pitcher and add the water, fresh lemon juice, and mint. Refrigerate for at least one hour so it’s thoroughly chilled and the flavors are melded.
  • Pour over ice and enjoy.

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Nutrition

Calories: 46kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 22mg, Potassium: 368mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 4665IU, Vitamin C: 50.7mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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Post updated in May 2019. Originally published July 2015.