7 Easy-to-Make Summer Cocktails and Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Food and drinks are the backbone of every special gathering for friends and family. But if you’re bored of sinking hours into making a few uninspiring drinks, here are seven refreshing and innovative alcoholic and non-alcoholic summer drink recipes that you can enjoy within minutes.
Best summer cocktails with a twist
Piña colada sangría
With a perfect blend of pineapples, lime, coconut, and rum, the classic piña colada is a summer favourite. But if you’re tired of the generic fare in bars, try making a piña colada sangria for your family instead.
All you need to do is to drop a piña colada drink bomb in 200-250ml of seltzer water and add a shot of rum and about 250ml of white wine. Garnish with some maraschino cherries and refrigerate until ready to serve. Not only is it sinfully delicious, but it would also get the job done in an especially dull house party.
For an alcohol-free version, just put the drink bomb in flavoured sparkling water, and you’re all set.
Make a lethal Italian Margarita by combining the margarita drink bomb in 200-250ml of seltzer water followed by a shot of amaretto liqueur and tequila.
A sweet Italian liqueur based on bitter almonds, apricot kernels, and peach stones, amaretto brings a subtle but boozy sweetness to your classic margarita. Paired with a delicious tangy lime flavour, this margarita with a twist is a low-risk, high-reward recipe that would have your guests talking for a long time.
You can also rub some Coast to Coast Duo Pack Salt by Sea to Sky Seasonings on the rim to up the ante on this beloved summer drink.
Matcha gin fizz
Let’s be honest – gin fizz and matcha aren’t exactly the first combination that pops into your mind.
With pure matcha powder, this bright, sparkling citrus cocktail has a beautiful green ombre effect that not only looks gorgeous but tastes delicious. We’ll also be adding some organic sweet date syrup to balance out the sour notes of the cocktail.
Even if you don’t have all the bar equipment you need at home, you can easily make this high-reward, low-risk recipe with a bit of creativity and innovation. For example, you can use a glass jar with a leak-proof lid as a shaker.
All you need is a 1 oz of date syrup, ½ oz. lemon juice, ¼ tsp matcha powder, and 3-4 oz. club soda. Shake the mixture with some ice and gin for a few seconds and strain your cocktail.
We find tequila or vodka to work very well with the recipe, but you can substitute the gin for your alcohol of choice. Instead of club soda, you can also use flavoured sparkling water for extra flavour and fizz.
Raspberry honey mojito
Revamping this classic summer cocktail can be easy. Just add some fresh raspberry, honey, and cranberry juice to bring your instant mojito to tart, new heights!
Here’s how to make it:
- Gently mash a tablespoon of fresh raspberries, a few mint leaves, and a tablespoon of honey
- Add one shot of your spirit or white rum, three shots of cranberry juice, and ice to your mixture.
- Shake well and serve in a pretty glass
- Add a sprig of mint and a few whole raspberries for garnish
You can experiment with the flavours of the honey to change the subtle notes of the cocktail. We use Urban Bloom honey in this recipe, but you can use a lavender honey blend or even maple honey for an exciting mix of flavours.
Best non-alcoholic summer drinks
Roasted milk tea
Iced tea is excellent during the summer, but let’s take a trip around the world and quench your thirst with a refreshing and flavour-packed Taiwanese roasted milk tea.
Besides being packed with health benefits, Bancha roasted tea is the perfect tea to combat the scorching summer heat. Gently pan-roasted to develop a sweet, nutty flavour, this tea from the Reusable Bubble Tea Cup is hand-packed into a flavour-packed, delicious cup of homemade bubble tea.
You can even make your own tapioca pearls to add another layer of excitement to your drink. Not only that, but the Reusable Bubble Tea Cup shop is also a huge advocate for reducing plastic waste. Every product you buy is packed in glass containers with super superficial scratches that couldn’t be made into reusable glass cups. They also use paper packing tape instead of environmentally harmful bubble wrap.
Spiced vanilla latte
Sure, making a good coffee isn’t that time-consuming. But what about a delicious cup of coffee made with superfoods within minutes?
The Mood Milk spiced vanilla latte features calming reishi mushroom and soothing tulsi packed with health benefits. Vegan and unsweetened, this beautiful blue drink is perfect for anyone who likes to customize their drinks to their tastes.
Here’s how to do it:
- Mix one teaspoon of Mood Milk powder with a splash of hot water and stir until smooth.
- Add in your favourite sweetener. We strongly recommend this organic yacon syrup for a slight caramel taste.
- Fill a glass three quarters of the way with your favourite chilled milk.
- Fill the rest of the glass with ice and enjoy!
Suppose you’re not into spiced vanilla lattes. In that case, no worries – Mood Milk has a few innovative and delicious flavours, like coconut matcha latte blend, beet chai latte, and a luxurious golden latte blend made of turmeric and cinnamon.
Homemade water kefir
Water kefir is a fermented, carbonated beverage that is produced using water kefir grains. Not only is it refreshing, but it also contains a ton of probiotics that boost your gut health, help manage weight, and strengthen your immune system.
This water kefir fermentation kit has everything you need to make your own water kefir at home, like a glass brewing jar, glass swivel top bottle, kefir grains, and detailed instructions.
To jazz up your low-sugar fizzy drink, you can get one of these infusions that come with a ton of health benefits as well. The blueberry blossom infusion has calming and soothing properties that are perfect for a hectic household. If you want to boost your immune system, you won’t go wrong with the turmeric kick infusion and the afterglow flavouring infusion.
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