9 Easy To Make Refreshing Drinks For Summer You Will Love

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Baby, it’s hot outside! Here are 9 easy to make refreshing drinks for summer you will love! Some of them you can make ahead of time for any party or get together. I love those kinds of recipes that are ready when you are. I have a couple of family reunions this summer and I know exactly which one I will be taking. Hint: it has ice cream in it. It’s my favorite!

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These recipes were handed down to me by my mom via some very tattered recipe cards!!

9 Easy To Make Refreshing Drinks For Summer

Banana Crush Slush

Banana Crush Slush
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1-3/4 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups mashed bananas
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 6 cans 7-Up or Sprite
Instructions
  1. Boil the sugar and water to make a syrup (dissolve the sugar).
  2. Combine all the other ingredients and add to the syrup.
  3. Freeze the mixture in a 9 by 13-inch pan.
  4. When ready to serve, fill the glasses 1/2 full with the slushy mixture and pour 7-up or Sprite over the mixture.

Lemon Slush With 7-Up

Lemon Slush With 7-Up
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Ingredients
  • 4-12 ounce cans frozen lemonade
  • 4 quarts water
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 3-4 quarts 7-Up or Sprite
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients together and freeze.
  2. After freezing add 3 or 4 quarts of 7-Up. This one is great for a party.

Raspberry Punch With 7-Up

Raspberry Punch With 7-Up
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 1 package raspberry Kool-aid
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 6- ounce can frozen lemonade
  • 10- ounce package fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 2-3 quarts 7-Up or Sprite
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients and freeze in ice cube trays.
  2. Place the frozen ice cubes in a glass and fill with 7-Up.

Six Flavor Punch

Six Flavor Punch
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 3 pkg. cherry Kool-aid
  • 2 pkg. strawberry Kool-aid
  • 1 pkg. black cherry Kool-aid
  • 2 pkg. lemon grape Kool-aid
  • 8 cups sugar
  • 9 quarts water
  • 2-12 ounce cans frozen orange juice
  • 2-12 ounce cans frozen lemonade
  • 4 quarts 7-Up
Instructions
  1. Combine everything in a large pan and chill then serve in a punch bowl.
  2. These are great refreshing drinks for a party.

Four Fruit Freeze Slush

Four Fruit Freeze Slush
Prep Time
7 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 1-12- ounce can apricot nectar
  • 1-3/4 cups pineapple juice
  • 1-6- ounce can of frozen orange juice thawed
  • 1-6- ounce can frozen lemonade thawed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1- quart chilled ginger ale
Instructions
  1. Mix the juices and sugar, then stir in the milk.
  2. Freeze in ice cube trays until they freeze to a mushy texture.
  3. Divide into 4 tall glasses, and fill with ginger ale.
  4. Garnish with orange slices and maraschino cherries. Yummy!

Almond Punch For a Party

Almond Punch For a Party
Prep Time
20 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 5-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 gallons of water
  • 2-6- ounce cans frozen juice thawed
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons almond extract
  • 1- ounce citric acid get at a pharmacy or health food store
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients and serve in a punch bowl.
  2. This makes two gallons of pure bliss!

Creamy Dreamy Orange Drink

Creamy Dreamy Orange Drink
Prep Time
15 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 people
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup frozen orange juice slightly thawed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5-8 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Combine in a blender. Makes 3 cups.

Ice Cream Punch

Ice Cream Punch
Prep Time
20 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 2 large cans of cold fruit punch 46 ounces each
  • 2 liters of cold 7-Up or Sprite
  • 1/2 gallon of your favorite ice cream or sherbet my favorite is strawberry
Instructions
  1. Use large punch bowl, pour the fruit punch and soda in the bowl.
  2. Add the ice cream at the last minute.
  3. I like to buy the rectangle cartons of ice cream or sherbet because you can just open
  4. the ends and cut the ice cream into sections to stir into the 7-Up or Sprite.
  5. This recipe looks like you spent hours making the punch. It's a favorite at every party.

Very Simple Water

Very Simple Water
Prep Time
20 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 4 quarts cold water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon citric acid found at a pharmacy or health food store
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together and pour over ice in a punch bowl.
  2. Next place thinly sliced lemons on top of the drink. This drink is light and refreshing.

I like to freeze my refreshing drinks in a metal 9 by 13-inch pans because they seem to break up easier with a spoon. Here’s the one I have: Nordic Ware Classic Metal 9×13 Covered Cake Pan. Here is an ice cube tray if you need one: The Best Ice Cube Trays You Will Ever Own! Elbee Silicone Ice Tray 15 Cube Set of 2. Let me know what you are taking to your family reunions if you have one this year. I love to hear new ideas from my readers.

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3 thoughts on “9 Easy To Make Refreshing Drinks For Summer You Will Love

  • June 12, 2018 at 10:47 am
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    One “slush” that I like to make is very similar to your 4-fruit freeze slush recipe. It includes just about any fruit flavor but I like orange/pineapple/guava/lemonade. I combine those juices with a simple sugar solution and freeze in a tub. Then, when I want a refreshing drink, I simply scrape enough to fill a glass and add 7-Up or ginger ale. (sometimes I add a little booze as well!! – I really like it with coconut rum). If I add the alcohol to the mixture before freezing, it stays slushy in the freezer and doesn’t seem to be as slushy when I make my “drink”. AND, I have grandchildren who then would not be able to have this refreshing drink. SO, I rarely make this slush mix with alcohol and add it when I make my drink.

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  • June 14, 2018 at 8:39 pm
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    I like to freeze various flavors of fruit juices in ice cube trays then crush them in my blender with a bit of “sparkling water”.

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    • June 15, 2018 at 11:43 am
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      Hi Scooter, that’s a great idea! My readers will love this tip, thank you!! Linda

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