There’s nothing like quaffing a cool, refreshing and delightfully sweet drink under the summer sun, or to enjoy with a perfect al fresco twilight dinner.
Vibrant, colourful and packed with lots of flavour – you’ll want to make these up in a super-sized jug, as you’ll be surprised at how quickly you get through it.
Best of all, all of these summer party drinks are alcohol-free – making them ideal to serve at family-friendly get togethers, or simply when you want to enjoy a great drink at any time of the day!
Summer Party Drink #1: Raspberry Iced Tea
The ruby red hue of this refreshing twist on a summer classic makes this a great addition to the party table. Who needs decorations when you’ve already got a stunner like this?
- 3 litres water
- 10 black tea bags
- 350g frozen raspberries (thawed)
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1 cup sugar
Boil half the water and add sugar, stirring to dissolve. Add teabags and steep for 5-10 minutes, before removing.
In another pan, boil the remaining water and add thawed raspberries. Simmer for 5 minutes, then strain to remove fruit pieces.
Combine the two and add lime juice. Chill until ready to serve.
Summer Party Drink #2: Lemon and Mint Cooler
A hint of lemony tartness brings a holiday flavour to this refreshing, minty drink. Juicing all those lemons will be well worth it when you’ve had a sip!
- 10-12 large lemons, juiced
- 2 litres water
- 2 large handfuls fresh mint leaves (approx. 1 cup)
- 100 ml carbonated water
- ½ cup sugar (more to taste)
- Fresh lemon slices and ice
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir. Add sugar gradually, tasting to adjust and add more if you prefer a sweeter result. Add ice and lemon slices just before serving.
Summer Party Drink #3: Strawberry Margarita
This brightly coloured gem of a drink is the perfect choice for summer parties – garnished with fruit and rimmed with tinted sugar, it’s a delightful non-alcoholic twist on a classic margarita, but is also a fun and funky drink for kids to enjoy too!
Ingredients (per drink)
- 1 tsp fresh lime juice
- t tbsp. liquid sweetener (you can use a fruit based syrup, honey or other sweetener of your choice)
- 100g strawberries
- carbonated water
- 1 slice of lime to garnish
- Dyed sugar to garnish
- Ice cubes
To prepare the coloured sugar, add sugar to a zip-lock plastic bag. Add 5-10 drops of food dye, seal the bag and mix through until all the sugar is evenly dyed.
Sprinkle the sugar onto a baking sheet or tray and work through any lumps to break them down. Allow to dry.
Combine fresh strawberries, lime juice, sweetener and ice in a blender until smooth. Prepare the glass by dampening the rim and pressing into sugar to cover. Pour blended mixture into the glass and top up with carbonated water, and a slice of lime to garnish.
Summer Party Drink #4: Watermelon Lemonade
Watermelon really is the taste of summer – so what better way to celebrate than with a big, refreshing glass of this fantastic drink?
- 1 whole small watermelon, cut into large cubes
- 2 litre lemonade
Puree the watermelon first in a blender. Add lemonade and combine. Add ice cubes and serve immediately.
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