How to Make Great Summer Thirst-Quenchers

The sun is shining, you’re lying out by the pool and you reach for the ice-cold drink next to you. As you take a sip, you feel cooled, replenished and quenched. Let’s face it, when it comes to summertime, it’s all about the drinks. This summer, make sure you’re at the top of your game by trying some great summer thirst-quenchers. Check out these awesome recipes from Delish and the Food Network.

Strawberry Daiquiri
If you’re feeling fun and fruity, try a strawberry daiquiri. Add 4 oz. light rum, ½ cup fresh strawberries, ½ cup frozen strawberries and 1 lime’s juice to a blender and blend until smooth. Add 1 cup of ice and blend until smooth again. Divide into 2 glasses and garnish both with a lime slice. This drink is smooth, tasty and classy.

Frozen Dark & Stormy
For something more laid-back, go for the frozen dark and stormy. Blend together 1 can ginger beer, 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, 1 lime’s juice and 2 cups of ice in a blender until smooth. Split between 2 glasses and pour 2 oz. of dark rum on top of each, floating. These are great for those relaxing summer evenings on the porch.

Berry-Guava Lemonade (Non-Alcoholic)
If you want to be adventurous without the alcohol, try making a berry-guava lemonade. Mash up 4 diced strawberries, then mix together with 2 tbsp. sugar and 4 tbsp. guava juice. Fill the glass with ice and add 6 tbsp. lemon juice and your choice number of lemon slices. It’s delicious!

Real Man’s Margarita
If you like your drink a bit more rugged than others, then the real man’s margarita is for you. First, salt the rim of a beer mug and fill it with ice. Add in some Mexican beer and a splash of tequila, followed by just a squeeze of lime juice. To really spice things up, mix in hot sauce to taste. Don’t forget to also wrestle a bear while you’re at it.

Cherry Cooler (Non-Alcoholic)
Finally, for those refreshing days out by the pool, stir up a cherry cooler. Purée one ½ pound of pitted cherries, along with ½ cup sugar and 1 cup of strong cold hibiscus tea. Mix and serve over ice and garnish with a mouthwatering cherry. This drink is perfect for kids to feel fancy!

Do you have any tasty summer thirst-quenching recipes? Get even more ideas from Delish and the Food Network! Summertime is upon us, so it’s time to kick back, relax and sip on a refreshing drink. Mix some up for friends, family or keep it all to yourself. Whatever the case, stay cool this summer.