Here are 9 easy to make refreshing drinks for summer, or any time of the year! Some of them you can make ahead of time for any party or get-together. I love the kinds of recipes that are ready when you are. I have a couple of family reunions this summer and I know exactly which drink I’ll be taking. Hint: it has ice cream in it. It’s my favorite! These recipes were handed down to me by my mom via some very tattered recipe cards!! In case you missed this post, Summer Fruits You Should Be Eating. I updated this recipe so you have these recipes for the summer! Just think of family reunions and neighborhood parties! Enjoy!
9 Easy To Make Refreshing Drinks
When summer hits and the heat starts making our days uncomfortable, you want refreshing drinks to make for the family. I have many years of experience with hot summers and kids and grandkids who just want something delicious to drink. Something you will find is that these drinks don’t have to break the bank either. Go ahead and make these refreshing drinks this summer, you won’t be disappointed.
Banana Crush Slush
If you love the taste of banana and want something refreshing, give this drink a try!
- 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
Boil the sugar and water to make a syrup (dissolve the sugar).
Combine all the other ingredients and add to the syrup.
Freeze the mixture in a 9 by 13-inch pan.
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
I don’t know about you, but I love lemon. When you make this Lemon Slush with 7-UP, you will be in heaven!
- 4-12 ounce cans frozen lemonade
- 4 quarts water
- 6 cups sugar
- 3-4 quarts 7-Up or Sprite
Combine all of the ingredients together and freeze.
After freezing add 3 or 4 quarts of 7-Up. This one is great for a party.
Raspberry Punch With 7-Up
This is one of my family’s favorites for gatherings. Raspberry Punch with 7-UP is so good and so easy to make. You will really enjoy the flavor!
- 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
Combine the ingredients and freeze in ice cube trays.
Place the frozen ice cubes in a glass and fill with 7-Up.
Six Flavor Punch
Have you ever had a punch that has 6 flavors? If not, now is your chance to make this Six Flavor Punch. Your family and friends will love it!
- 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
Combine everything in a large pan and chill then serve in a punch bowl.
These are great refreshing drinks for a party.
Four Fruit Freeze Slush
When it’s hot outside, sometimes you just want something sweet and cold. Four Fruit Freeze Slush will cool you’d down in no time!
- 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
Mix the juices and sugar, then stir in the milk.
Freeze in ice cube trays until they freeze to a mushy texture.
Divide into 4 tall glasses, and fill with ginger ale.
Garnish with orange slices and maraschino cherries. Yummy!
Almond Punch For a Party
I love the taste of almond, especially when it’s in the form of a refreshing drink. Almond Punch for a Party is sure to be a party pleaser.
- 5-3/4 cups sugar
- 2 gallons of water
- 2 6-ounce cans orange, lime, or lemon juice (frozen), thawed
- Juice of 3 lemons
- 1-1/2 tablespoons vanilla
- 1-1/2 tablespoons almond extract
- 1- ounce citric acid
Combine all of the ingredients and serve in a punch bowl.
This makes two gallons of pure bliss!
Creamy Dreamy Orange Drink
Mark really enjoys this dream. It’s a Creamy Dreamy Orange Drink that older and younger people alike love!
- 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
Combine in a blender. Makes 3 cups.
Ice Cream Punch
If you love ice cream and you enjoy punch, then you will really enjoy putting the two together. You only need a few ingredients to make this, which makes is super simple for anyone.
- 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 (strawberry ice cream is my favorite)
Use a large punch bowl, pour the fruit punch and soda in the bowl. Add the ice cream at the last minute. I like to buy the rectangle cartons of ice cream or sherbet because you can just open the ends and cut the ice cream into sections to stir into the 7-Up or Sprite. This recipe looks like you spent hours making the punch. It's a favorite at every party.
Very Simple Water
Water is delicious, right? Well, what if I told you that you could make something even better than water? You can make this yummy drink that is called Very Simple Water. It has great flavor!
- 4 quarts cold water
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon citric acid found at a pharmacy or health food store
- 1 tablespoon lemon extract
Mix everything together and pour over ice in a punch bowl.
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 pan 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.
This summer, make it one to remember. You will want to make at least one of these refreshing drinks. An even better idea would be to try something new every single week. In my family, we love to try new things. I even plan on remaking some of these drinks this summer for Mark and me. It’s going to be a hot summer, so we might as well enjoy it as much as possible. May God Bless this world, Linda.
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