32 Summer Drinks, Boozy and Not

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we ate a bunch of pizza.

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Generally I love drinking plain ol’ regular tap water, but when it’s hot out drinking glass after glass makes me want something more interesting.

From lemonades and limeades to spritzers to iced teas to mocktails to cocktails, the following drinks feature citrus, herbs, fruits, bubbles and light flavors to help you cool off in the heat. Try making adjustments on your own by adding more or less ice (cubes or crushed), adding or removing booze and using leftover ingredients as garnish.


Summer Drinks That Don’t Have Booze In Them

1. Cucumber- and Herb-Infused Water

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2. Rosemary Grapefruit Water

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3. Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber and Mint Water

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4. Watermelon Coconut Agua Fresca

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5. Louisa Shafia’s Watermelon, Mint, and Cider Vinegar Tonic

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6. Lemon Rosemary Sun Tea

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7. Sophie Dahl’s Iced Tea

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8. Matcha Mint Iced Tea

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9. Iced Mint and Citrus Tea

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10. Tart Cherry and Mint Iced Tea

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11. Perfect Peach Iced Tea

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12. Vanilla Bean Lemonade

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13. Picnic Pink Lemonade

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14. Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

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15. Blueberry Lemonade

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16. Sparkling Honey Limeade

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17. Cucumber-Lemonade Mocktail

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Summer Drinks That Do Have Booze In Them

18. Ginger Kombucha Cocktails

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19. Boozy Watermelon Rosemary Lemonade

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20. St. Germain Pomegranate Spritzers

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21. Blackberry Gin Fizz

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22. Pomegranate Orange Fizz

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23. Lemon Lavender Gin Rickey

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24. Minty Lime and Pineapple Sangria

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25. Ginger-Peach Sangria

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26. Two Classic Sangrias

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27. Chili Lime Mango Margaritas

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28. Colorado Cooler

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29. Whiskey Punch

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30. Jalapeñyaaas Queen

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31. Watermelon Tequila Cocktail

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32. Sangrita and Tequila Shot

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20 Comments

  1. This is so cruel. Today was officially the coldest morning in my part of the world in years and I am starting to feel like I will never be warm again. I’m practically misty-eyed over the idea of lemon lavender gin rickeys and sunshine and tshirts and not being trapped in my office because there’s no heat in the rest of the building and its too cold to leave.

  2. SO happy for all the non-boozy options (booze and heat are not my friends). It’s 90 and sticky and brutal and for some reason my boss won’t let me do my job in my bathtub with a pitcher of Rosemary Grapefruit water.

    • Glad I’m not the only one who finds booze and heat together a bad combo. (I have tried to make the boozy watermelon lemonade three times but after the first “forgot” the gin and just felt so much better after.)

  3. I find myself with great tumbler envy reading this post.

    Since when did I care about crockery?

    Oh god, I’m getting old and domesticated.

    I need a drink.

    Oh look, here’s a handy list of drinks!

  4. Several of these, but especially the lemonades, might enjoy this little presentation trick: in addition to ice cubes in the serving glass, toss in wedges if freshly-cut orange, lemon and lime. It adds color and flavor, and gives you something to chew on even when the liquid and ice are gone.

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