Whether you’re outdoors working in your garden or kicking back on your patio with friends, you’re going to get thirsty. And if you have kids, so will they.

I like iced tea and lemonade as much as the next person, but now that we’re heading into August, I feel like trying some refreshing drinks I haven’t tasted before.

The recipes below are from the Bombay Outdoors Food and Drink board on Pinterest. I’ve divided them into two sections, Updated Classics and Cool Treats. The last two recipes in each section contain alcohol although you can add it to or subtract it from every recipe.

refreshing drinks, blueberry lemonade

Refreshing Drinks: Blueberry Lemonade from DamnDelicious.net

Refreshing Drinks: Updated Classics

I love fruity drinks, especially in the summer, when I can close my eyes and pretend to be on a tropical island even when I’m just sitting on my patio.  If you want that laid back, island vibe without leaving your backyard, these refreshing drinks are perfect.

Separately, blueberries and lemonade are delicious; putting them together is genius. Thanks, DamnDelicious.net for combining two of my favorite summer flavors to make Blueberry Lemonade, a drink as pretty as it is tasty.

What do you get when you blend a trio of fruit plus coconut water? You get naturally sweetened and delicious Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade from gourmandeinthekitchen.com , that’s what.

When we were in Hawaii, I had fresh pineapple juice every morning. Recipe.com’s Pineapple Cooler  brings back memories of swimming in the ocean and resting under palm trees.

Want another refreshing drink? Create your own Real Fruit Spritzer like apronstringsblog.com by mashing together your favorite summer fruits (like strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple) adding ice and bits of the fruit, and then pouring the delicious concoction into a cold glass of ginger ale before sitting back and watching the world go by.

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Refreshing Drinks: Raspberry Mojito (©Depositphotos.com | wollertz)

Refreshing Drinks: Updated “Adult” Classics

I love the way Ree from thepioneerwoman.com shows each step whenever she has a recipe. Although I’ve yet to try these Blackberry Margaritas, they’re look and sound so good that they’re going on the menu at our next barbecue!

Thinking about the limey-minty goodness of regular mojitos makes my mouth water. For a twist on the classic, try a Raspberry Mojito from acrimsonkiss.com at your next backyard gathering.

raspberry smoothie, refreshing drinks

Refreshing Drinks: Raspberry Smoothie from DamnDelicious.net

Refreshing Drinks: Cool Treats

I can still remember the sound of the ice cream truck driving slowly through the neighborhood on summer evenings. Once we heard the tune, we’d race inside to round up our money and then just as quickly run back out for a popsicle or ice cream bar. Even if there’s no ice cream truck where you live, you can still enjoy cool, sweet treats by making some of your own.

The bright pink and soft orange colors in a summer sunrise can start your whole day off right. If you prefer sleeping in, you can still capture its beautiful hues in Damneddelicous.nets’s Raspberry Sunrise Smoothie, which combines raspberries and mangoes. Best of all, you don’t have to drink it at sunrise– it’s a perfect afternoon snack too.

Stick with the mangos, add frozen bananas and a few other ingredients and voilà– you get the Low Fat Banana Mango Milkshake from notveganyet., which also has a delicious looking recipe for Strawberry Honey Yogurt Popsicles.

It’s easy being green with the subtle flavors of honeydew and cucumber featured in the Green Melon Summer Smoothie from dashofeast.com.

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Refreshing Drinks: Vodka Root Beer Floats from MinimalistBaker.com

Cool “Adult” Treats

Who doesn’t like root beer floats? No one! Here’s a spin on the classic from minimalistbaker.com, a Vodka Root Beer Float with Coconut Ice Cream. Apparently, Kahlua and Dark Rum work as well, so there are multiple variations.

Ok. Admit it. You still love popsicles, right? And I bet you like strawberries and red wine too. It’s lucky for all of us that pastry affair.com rolled all these ideas into one and created Roasted Strawberry Red Wine Popsicles. Just be sure to keep them away from the under 21 crowd!

After exploring all these recipes, I’m sure to stay hydrated for the rest of the summer. What about you? I’m always eager to try new things, so let me know your favorite refreshing drinks for summer.


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