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27Jul, 23
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Refreshing Summer Drinks

Summer is a lot of people’s favorite season for a reason! Most kids are off from school, and families are planning summer vacations. It’s a wonderful time to have fun and make memories with your family and friends.

Whether you’re having a BBQ or party (check out this post for all the recipes you need for a barbecue), getting outside to soak up vitamin D and go hiking or swimming or whatever you love, or staying indoors with the AC reading or spending time by yourself, summer comes with limitless opportunities to make life great!

But summer also means you’re more vulnerable to too much sun and dehydration, so staying hydrated and cool is essential even in the heat (check out these cold treats perfect for summertime!) 

To help you avoid summer dehydration, here are thirteen incredible and refreshing drinks to enjoy this season!


1. Coconut-Raspberry Ice & Cool as a Cucumber Spa Water

These simple, healthy drinks will hydrate a large group of people.

We have a smooth coconut raspberry drink that perfectly mixes two flavors and a cucumber water that adds important nutrients like silica and antioxidants to a refreshing spin on typical water.

2. Watermelon Lemonade/Limeade

Watermelons are 92% water, so what better way to enjoy them than by creating the perfect summer drink?!

Add as much or as little lemon/lime as you’d like, depending on tartness, throw in some honey, and blend until smooth. 

3. Copycat Starbucks Pink Drink

We all have treats we love to splurge on or indulge in every once in a while.

Sure, the pink drink at Starbucks might not seem like the biggest treat, but the sugar can add up, and so can the cost.

So, I created this copycat version that is just as delicious but without all the unwanted additives and sugars.

4. Mocktail Strawberry Mimosas

I LOVE a good cocktail. And I don’t know about you, but something about a warm summer day just makes cocktails like mimosas, pina coladas, and margaritas that much tastier.

Though CleanFoodCrush doesn’t swear off alcohol completely (check out this article to read more about our take on alcohol), it’s still nice to have some alcohol-free mocktail options (that also have less sugar than the classic drinks).

So, I’ve included a couple of mocktails in this list, including this delicious strawberry mimosa! Rather than champagne, I used a mixture of fresh lime juice and sparking water to give the mocktail the tangy, fresh, and bubbly taste we’re looking for. YUM. 

5. Refreshing Homemade Blueberry Lemonade

As you can see, lemonade makes several appearances on this list.

There’s a reason for that! There’s nothing quite like a revitalizing glass of lemonade on a hot day!

This recipe takes the classic drink and gives it a fun twist.

Also, blueberries contain one of the highest antioxidant levels of nearly all fruits and vegetables and have an impressive array of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

6. Avocado Pina Colada Mocktails

What is a more obvious summer drink than pina coladas?

I LOVE these, but I wanted a version without alcohol, so I decided to create this mocktail recipe.

Adding an avocado to a drink might seem weird, but it works!

The creaminess that makes this drink fantastic lies in the avocados, so it’s definitely worth a try! 

7. Homemade Fresh Fruit Summer Slushies

Eat Clean Homemade Fresh Fruit Summer Slushies

Forgo the snow-cone shack for these frosty, nutrient-packed REAL fruit slushies.

We have a raspberry green tea slushie, watermelon mint slushie, mango apple slushie, and a kiwi pineapple slushie – something for everyone!

8. Alcohol-Free Ripe Peach Coolers

If you’ve ever eaten a ripe-juicy peach picked from the tree, you know they’re a real treat – just like this mocktail peach cooler!

Peaches are best when ripe and gotten from local farmers, and thankfully, they’re at their peak May through August.

So, this is a perfect summertime drink! 

9. Frozen Whipped Coconut Limonade or Lemonade

Not only is it a perfect combo of sour and sweet, but both lemons and limes have high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants, which can help keep you hydrated when the sun is beating down!

10. Cantaloupe Orange Ginger Turmeric Juice

Cantaloupe Orange Ginger Turmeric Detox

Cantaloupes are in the summer months, and oranges are tangy, delicious, and make for a fantastic juice flavor to mix into nearly any drink.

These two, combined with the infection-fighting ginger and the naturally anti-inflammatory turmeric, create a miracle drink!

This is a more popular juice in the winter months, as it’s great for fighting colds and flu, but it’s just as delicious when it’s hot outside.

And you can get sick year-round, so keeping your immune system strong is vital! 

11. Alcohol-Free Strawberry Margaritas

Up there with pina coladas for famous, unique, and tasty summertime drinks are margaritas!

Strawberry margaritas are a particular favorite of mine, as I LOVE enjoying a glass on the patio with a friend or two.

This recipe has all the amazing flavors but leaves out the tequila, which is helpful for those of us trying to cut down on alcohol a bit.

12. Tangy Carrot Juice

Super Carrot Juice Recipe

This one is slightly different from all the other drinks on this list, but I’m adding it for a reason!

Carrot juice makes a great pre-workout or post-workout fuel, and carrots are filled with nutrients and health benefits.

They’re full of vitamin A, antioxidants, and potassium and help keep your eyes and skin healthy, boost immunity, and maintain healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

13. Classic Lemon Water

Okay, I know this isn’t technically a recipe, but I had to add it because lemon water is filled with impressive benefits.

It’s definitely the easiest drink from this list to make! Read about several uses and benefits of lemon water here.

If you liked this list and want even more delicious and incredibly refreshing drinks to enjoy in the summertime, check out our brand-new BBQ eBundle. You’ll find 254 Clean Eating Recipes that your family and friends will LOVE! Check it out here.

I hope you find a new favorite refreshing drink from this list that you can enjoy this summer, confident that you’re making tasty, healthy, and affordable options!

Wishing you lots of refreshment and relaxation this summer! 

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