Very few things can cool you off on an extremely hot and dry summer day other than air-conditioning and ice-cold water. One of them is a refreshing, delicious cocktail that can transport you with the first sip to an exotic place even if you’re drinking it in the heart of a burning-hot city.
It doesn’t matter if you prefer them with alcohol or not since the number of summer drinks and cocktails out there is so vast that it’s almost impossible not to find something that will satisfy your palate. So, to which category of drinkers do you belong? Do you have a sweet tooth and love drinks with generous doses of chocolate and flavored syrups? Do you love your coffee so much that you want it in a summer drink as well? Are you the healthy type who will go for natural fruity drinks? Or are you one of those people who won’t call a drink a cocktail if it doesn’t have alcohol in it? Regardless of which category you belong to, our list today contains 25 Drinks To Cool You Down On A Hot day that won’t let down even the pickiest of drink lovers among you.
1. Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
Arguably the champion among all the alcoholic summer drinks out there, this classic strawberry-flavored cocktail will never fail to satisfy the pickiest palates on a hot summer day or night, and the only safe bet is that you won’t stop at just one.
This powerful tropical drink will transport you right to Bourbon Street, New Orleans, as soon as you take the first sip. Created in the 1940’s, this super boozy rum-based concoction will get the party started no matter where you are, even though the most ideal location to enjoy it would be a hot sandy beach somewhere.
3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie
Okay, so this delicious concoction is actually labeled for breakfast, but we couldn’t get over how amazing it looks and sounds. For those of you who enjoy sweet and creamy beverages all year round, for breakfast, desert, or whenever you feel like it, take a look at this recipe.
4. Grapefruit-Sake Spritzer
For those people who find most cocktails too sweet or savory, a sake spritzer is the perfect drink for a summer day. The bitter taste that the grapefruit juice will leave in your mouth combined with the cold soda water (instead of sodas like Sprite or Coke) will refresh you without adding on the pounds.
5. Blackberry Margarita
On the scale of manly drinks, margaritas aren’t exactly up there with vodka, whiskey, or even a good red wine. This fruity cocktail might not sound like the most macho drink, but it sure looks like it. The black and red color might make the people around you think you’re drinking motor oil with a splash of cherry soda like a real macho man when in reality it’s just a margarita.
6. Vietnamese Iced Coffee
If you have a sweet tooth and love your coffee strong, a Vietnamese iced coffee could be the drink for you in the summer. With lots of sweetened condensed milk over ice and strong coffee, this drink will not only cool you off but wake you up as well.
7. Watermelon Agua Fresca
This nonalcoholic fruit drink first became a hit in Mexico, but it has also become popular in many parts of the world as of late. There are many versions since it can be made with different fruits but none is as indulgent as the watermelon one, especially on a warm day.
8. Elderflower Fizz
This elegant and refreshing cordial mix will put the fizz into your summer and add some luxury to your daily humdrum routine even if you make it at home. This isn’t just a great drink because it tastes good; it has a low alcohol content and most importantly, you can make it yourself at a cheap price.
9. The Paloma
Contrary to popular belief, the paloma (“dove” in Spanish), not the margarita, is Mexico’s most beloved cocktail, even though it’s not the most popular tequila-based drink in the world. So, for those who love to have a refreshing drink and at the same time get a little tipsy, it looks like we’ve got a winner here.
10. Kiwi Punch
Arguably one of the simplest and easiest nonalcoholic summer drinks to make, kiwi punch is a favorite choice for many on a hot day. As for all the alcohol fans out there looking for a little something extra? Let’s just say a shot of vodka or light rum won’t really hurt anybody.