If you’re looking for colorful, fresh, fruit drinks that are refreshing and perfect for summer, here are four homemade drink ideas: Strawberry Limeade, Summer Melon Sorbet Floats, Homemade Raspberry Vanilla Soda, and Cantaloupe Agua Fresca. 

Most of the components can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer, so that it’s quick and easy to assemble when you’re ready to serve.

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, refreshing, and delicious.

Summer drinks that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike, whether it’s at a special family gathering or a larger party with friends and neighbors, are what I have for you here.

Each drink recipe below is simple to make, and the components can be made in advance and stored in the fridge or freezer.

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.

Below I have recipes and videos for each one. After you’ve tried them, make sure to also try my Strawberry Iced Tea, Sparkling Peach Iced Tea, or Watermelon Slushie, which are all great for entertaining and a hot summer day.

Tips for Best Results

Get the fresh fruit for garnishes – If you want to use frozen fruit for some of the cooked parts like the raspberry simple syrup, that’s okay, but make sure to only garnish with fresh fruit.

Rub the fresh mint together before garnishing – To wake up the flavors of the mint garnish, quickly rub it between your hands to “bloom” the aroma before you put it into each cup. Do this gently.

Make sure the drinks are chilled before adding the ice – Do not add a hot drink to a glass with ice for serving, as the ice will melt too much and water down the drink. Make sure the drinks have been well-chilled in the fridge, then add to ice in a glass.

Strawberry Limeade:

Homemade 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 tart lime juice to be a bit brighter than lemon juice, and to pair with the fresh strawberries beautifully. It’s a refreshing drink and classic that’s enjoyed by pretty much everyone.

Start with a simple syrup, made with equal parts sugar and water, then add that to extra water, lime juice, strawberries, and fresh mint to make the base.

Serve in a tall glass, garnished with extra fresh mint and strawberry slices.

If someone wants to make it alcoholic, they can always add a shot of vodka for a refreshing cocktail.

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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  • 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


  • 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!



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.

What’s neat too is the melon balls act as ice cubes here, keeping your glass extra cool on a hot day.

While seltzer water is my preference because it doesn’t have any added minerals (which can alter the taste), you may use any sparkling water, club soda, or soda water that you prefer.

Add some mint leaves on top for garnish. The fresh herbs give off a delicious aroma that really influences the taste of this refreshing summer drink. A mint garnish is often times the secret ingredient that takes the flavor over the top!

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


  • 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!



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. Freshly made is always best for the ideal drink!

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. All would be great options for a summer party drink at a backyard barbecue.

Serve in a highball glass with a pretty paper straw, and a couple fresh raspberries on top for garnish.

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


  • 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!



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:

For my last non-alcoholic summer drink, we have an agua fresca, which may be the most summery beverage of all.

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

Make sure to thoroughly chill the agua fresca mixture so it’s sufficiently cool, before adding the ice. This is especially important if serving in warm weather or summer heat.

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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  • 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


  • 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.



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.

For more homemade drinks, try my Blueberry Banana Smoothie or my Caramel Macchiato.

You can also experiment with these recipes trying other kinds of fruit juices, like cranberry juice, orange juice, and pineapple juice. You can also try grapefruit juice in place of lemon or lime, for a more exotic flavor.

Coconut water is also great, and ginger ale can be swapped in for sparkling water when you want to add a different flavor in addition to carbonation.

For alternate garnishes, lemon peel is another beautiful and aromatic choice for topping a cold drink. You can also grate a touch of lemon zest on top if you don’t have the tools to make a pretty lemon peel.

I hope you get to enjoy these alternatives for your next happy hour!

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