Beat the Heat with these Must-Try Refreshing Summer Drinks

Beat the Heat with these Must-Try Refreshing Summer Drinks

Summer's here, and with it comes the scorching heat. But don't sweat it! We've got you covered with a collection of refreshing drink recipes that are perfect for those hot days. These sweltering days can leave us feeling drained and wilted, but don't worry – we have just the thing to perk you up. Whether you're coming in from a sun-soaked afternoon or just looking for a tasty way to beat the heat, a perfectly crafted cold drink can work wonders.

We've rounded up a collection of refreshing recipes that go beyond your average iced tea or lemonade. These drinks are easy to make, packed with flavor, and guaranteed to give you that much-needed boost. From fruit-infused coolers to creamy, indulgent treats, there's something here for every palate.

Virgin Layered Strawberry-Mango Margaritas


  • 3 cups frozen strawberries
  • 3 cups ice, divided
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • ⅔ cup lime juice, divided
  • ½ cup orange juice, divided
  • ¼ cup simple syrup (see Tip), divided
  • 3 cups frozen mango chunks


  1. Place strawberries, 1 1/2 cups ice, 1/2 cup water, 1/3 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup orange juice, and 2 tablespoons simple syrup in a blender. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a pitcher or bowl.
  2. Rinse out the blender jar. Place mango and the remaining 1 1/2 cups ice, 1/2 cup water, 1/3 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup orange juice, and 2 tablespoons of simple syrup in the blender. Puree until smooth.
  3. Decoratively layer the two margaritas in 6 glasses. Leave the layers distinct or partially stir together for a swirled design.


Tip: To make your own simple syrup: Bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar. Let cool for 30 minutes and then refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Pineapple Coconut Water


  • 3/4 cup / 180 ml fresh pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup / 120 ml pure coconut water
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure ginger juice
  • 1 teaspoon runny honey, if needed
  • 1 lime


  1. Combine the pineapple juice, coconut water, and ginger juice in a cocktail shaker or mason jar filled with ice. Shake well, taste, and if needed, add a bit of honey to sweeten. If your pineapple is sweet enough, you won't need much honey, if any.
  2. Fill small, chilled glasses with lots of ice cubes, and razor-thin slices of lime. Pour the pineapple coconut water into the prepared glasses, and finish with an extra squeeze of lime if you like.

Melon Sorbet Float


  • 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 of leaves to a handful), then top with seltzer water. 
  • Let the sorbet melt to sweeten and flavor the drink. Enjoy!

Aam Panna


  • 5 medium size raw Mango
  • 2 cups Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 inch Ginger, peeled, sliced
  • 1⅓ cups Sugar
  • Handful of Mint leaves

For Masala

  • 1 tbsp Cumin seeds
  • 2-3 Green Cardamom pods
  • 8-10 Black peppercorns
  • Salt to taste

For Serving

  • Few Ice cubes
  • Cold Water


  • In a pressure cooker, add raw mango and pour 2 cups water.
  • Cover and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles or until mango is cooked well.
  • Cool completely, and peel the skin of the mango.
  • Also, scrape the pulp of mango making sure the skin has separated.
  • Transfer the mango pulp into a bowl, and add ginger.
  • In a bowl, add fennel seeds and water and let it soak for a few minutes.

For Masala

  • In a pan, add cumin seeds, green cardamom pods, black peppercorns, and salt to taste dry and roast them well.
  • Once it’s cooled down, transfer it into a grinder jar and grind it into a fine powder.
  • In the same jar, add raw mango pulp, ginger, and soaked fennel seeds and grind it into a smooth paste.
  • Add sugar, mint leaves, and a few ice cubes and grind it into a smooth paste.
  • To serve, in a tall glass take a spoonful of aam panna concentrate and add a few ice cubes.
  • pour in ice-cold water and mix well.
  • Finally, enjoy aam panna garnished with fresh mint leaves.

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink


  • 6 raspberries or blackberries
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons raw sugar or honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Ice
  • Sparkling water
  • Berries, basil, and/or mint for garnish


  1. In a tall glass, muddle berries and sugar together. Stir in vinegar and lemon juice. Fill with ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with berries, basil, and/or mint.

Cucumber-Grape Smash


  • 3 slices cucumber (1 ounce)
  • 4 seedless green grapes (3/4 ounce)
  • ½ lime, juiced (1 1/2 Tbsp.)
  • 2 tablespoons lightly packed fresh mint leaves
  • Ginger beer or ginger ale, chilled
  • Additional cucumber, fresh mint leaves, and/or green grapes (optional)


  1. In a small food processor or high-powered blender, process cucumber slices, grapes, lime juice, and mint leaves until nearly smooth. Pour into a tall glass and top with ginger beer; stir. If desired, garnish with cucumber, mint, and/or grapes.



  • 1/4 cup basil seeds (sabja)
  • 1/4 cup vermicelli (falooda sev)
  • 2 cups chilled milk
  • 1/4 cup rose syrup
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Chopped nuts for garnish


  • Soak the basil seeds in water for 30 minutes until they swell. 
  • Cook the vermicelli according to the package instructions, then rinse with cold water and set aside.
  • In a tall glass, add the cooked vermicelli and soaked basil seeds.
  • Pour in the rose syrup and chilled milk.
  • Top with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream and garnish with chopped nuts.

As we wrap up our journey through these refreshing recipes, let's take a moment to appreciate the simple pleasure of a well-crafted summer drink. In the midst of busy days and warm nights, these cool concoctions offer more than just hydration—they're a reminder to pause, savor, and rejuvenate.

Whether you're mixing up a pitcher for friends or treating yourself to a quiet moment of refreshment, each sip is an opportunity to beat the heat and brighten your day. So as the summer unfolds, don't be afraid to get a little creative with your beverages. After all, sometimes the most memorable summer moments start with something as simple as an imaginative drink in hand.

Here's to staying cool, refreshed, and ready to make the most of the season. Enjoy!

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Umema Arsiwala

Written by Umema Arsiwala

Umaima is a Master's graduate in English Literature from Mithibhai College, Mumbai. She has 3+ years of content writing experience. Besides writing, she enjoys crafting personalized gifts.
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