Nothing is as refreshing on a hot day as a cold drink. The body needs a lot of fluids, especially in summer when temperatures rise. However, it shouldn’t always be pure water. Alternatives such as flavored water, iced teas, lemonades, smoothies etc. are the perfect thirst quenchers for spring and summer. Today we present many recipes for refreshing drinks that will impress you with their taste.
Detox water: Refreshment and detoxification for the hot days
If drinking three liters of pure water a day seems impossible to you, then you have not yet tried the water with taste. Not only do they taste wonderful, they also help detoxify our body. The well-known lemon water is considered a classic, but the possibilities don’t end there. Detox water can be prepared with any number of ingredients, such as fresh fruit, herbs, vegetables, etc. Follow a few tasty recipes for refreshing drinks in the form of flavored water.
Refreshing water with cucumber and lemon
- 2 liters of still water
- 1 cucumber, medium-sized
- 1 lemon
- 10+ mint leaves
- 5 cm piece of ginger (optional)
- 5-6 strawberries for more flavor and color (optional)
Slice the cucumber and lemon and place in a bottle. Add the mint leaves, peeled ginger and strawberries (if used) and fill the bottle with water. Let the detox water steep in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight.
Flavored water with cucumber, ginger and citrus fruits
- 2 liters of filtered water
- 1/2 lemon, sliced
- 1/2 lime, sliced
- 1/2 grapefruit, sliced
- 1 cup cucumber, sliced
- 1 tbsp slices of ginger
- Handful of mint leaves
Combine all ingredients in a large jug and stir briefly. Chill for at least 2 hours and drink within 24 hours.
Detox water with watermelon and mint
- 1/2 cup fresh watermelon, pitted and cut into pieces
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- Water for filling
Put the watermelon pieces and mint leaves in a glass and mash lightly with a fork. Then fill the glass with water and put in the refrigerator overnight.
Freshly squeezed juices from fruits and vegetables
In spring and summer, the variety of fresh fruit and vegetables is huge. Instead of eating it, you can squeeze out the juice and make yourself a healthy drink. Recipes that contain more than one type of fruit or vegetable are particularly tasty.
For the preparation of freshly squeezed juices you usually need a suitable device. A simple mechanical lemon squeezer can be used for citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, clementines and grapefruits. However, this requires a lot of effort and is rather unsuitable for more than one glass of juice. To squeeze larger quantities of citrus fruits, either an electrically operated citrus press or the so-called lever press for juice can be used.
Hard fruits and vegetables can only be pressed with an electric juicer. The modern juicers work quickly and cleanly, which makes them perfect for today’s fast-paced everyday life. The pomace collects in a sieve so as not to get into the juice. You can squeeze almost anything with a juicer – apples, carrots, beets, leafy greens and many more.
Now we would like to introduce you to a few recipes for delicious combinations of fruit and vegetables that are perfect as healthy, refreshing drinks for the warm seasons.
Juicer recipe with oranges, carrots and ginger
- 6 carrots
- 1 orange
- 1 small piece of ginger
- 1 cucumber
Wash the carrot, cucumber and ginger and place in the juicer. Squeeze the juice of the orange with the citrus press and mix both juices. Stir briefly and enjoy with ice cubes if desired.
Red juice with apples, beetroot and carrots
- 2 raw beetroot, medium-sized
- 2 apples, e.g. B. Granny Smith
- 3 carrots
- 1/2 cucumber
- 5 cm piece of ginger, fresh
Wash and clean the ingredients well. Cut into pieces suitable for the juicer and squeeze out the juice. Enjoy immediately.
Anti-inflammatory juice suitable for every season
- 4 celery sticks
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 cup pineapple pieces
- 1/2 green apple
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1 lemon
- 1 small piece of ginger
Wash all ingredients and place them in the juicer one at a time. Stir the finished juice and drink it immediately.
Smoothies as refreshing drinks for spring and summer
A popular variation of the fresh fruit and vegetable juices are the smooth smoothies. In contrast to juice, the smoothie has a smooth, sometimes creamy consistency. This is achieved either with fruits with thick flesh such as bananas, peaches and pineapples or with foods containing milk. Many smoothie recipes also contain nuts, as well as spices and superfoods such as chia seeds and goji berries.
To make a smoothie yourself, you need a smoothie maker, which is nothing more than a stand mixer. If you still don’t have one, you can alternatively use the hand blender and a tall container.
Smoothies are not only refreshing, but also extremely healthy. They are perfect for various spring and summer diets and will help you get the perfect bikini figure. A few delicious recipes to try can be found below.
Melon smoothie with spinach
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1/4 cup melon, chopped
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 peach
- 1 tbsp flaxseed
- 1 tsp spirulina (optional)
Put all ingredients in the high-performance mixer and mix until smooth. Add a few ice cubes to the finished smoothie for extra refreshment.
Smoothie recipe with cucumber and berries
- 1 1/2 cup frozen berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries)
- 1 cup of cold milk
- 1/2 cucumber, pitted and cut into large pieces
- 1-2 teaspoons of honey
- a splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Ice cubes
Mix all ingredients in the high-performance mixer until the desired consistency is achieved. If necessary, add a little more milk or ice.
Summer smoothie recipe with nectarines
- 2 nectarines, pitted and quartered
- 1 cup of milk (can also be plant milk)
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp agave syrup
- Ice cubes
Put everything except the ice in the high-performance mixer and puree finely. Serve the smoothie with a few ice cubes.
A classic for the summer: Prepare a refreshing lemonade
Whether with oranges, with grapefruits or the classic way with lemons – lemonade is considered the best non-alcoholic summer drink. It provides great refreshment on hot days and is super quick and easy to prepare at home. Again you need the citrus press, ice, sugar and carbonated mineral water. We have the original recipe and a few variations ready for you.
Classic refreshing drinks: lemonade with lemons
- 4 lemons
- 2 tbsp sugar, heaped up
- 1 liter of water (sparkling or not)
Squeeze the lemons well with the citrus press. Put the juice in a jug, mix with the sugar and stir well until the sugar dissolves. Fill the jug with cold water and add a few ice cubes to the lemonade.
Strawberry-lime lemonade with basil
- 2 cups of fresh strawberries, quartered
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice (approx. 10-12 limes)
- 1/3 cup fresh basil
- 5 cups of cold mineral water (sparkling or sparkling)
- 1/2 cup sugar (the exact amount depends on the sweetness of the strawberries)
Mix the strawberries, lime juice and basil well in the high-performance mixer. Pour the finished mixture into a jug, add the sugar and stir everything well until the sugar dissolves. Finally, fill the jug with mineral water and stir carefully. Serve the lemonade with ice cubes and lime wedges.
Recipe for lemonade with raspberries and peaches
- 4 peaches, pitted and cut into large pieces
- 1 cup of fresh raspberries
- 1 1/4 cups of water
- Sugar syrup (simply make it yourself from water and sugar in a saucepan)
- 7 cups of cold mineral water
- 1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (from approx. 4 lemons)
- Ice cubes
- Raspberries, peach pieces and mint for garnish
Put the peach pieces, raspberries and 1 1/4 cups of water in the blender and puree them finely. Pass the resulting puree through a sieve to remove the seeds of the raspberries. Now put the sifted puree in the jug, sweeten with sugar syrup and add 7 cups of mineral water. Garnish the lemonade with fresh fruit and ice cubes.
Refreshing drinks with tea: iced tea for the warm season
To warm up in winter you can drink a cup of hot tea in front of the fireplace. But when the weather is warm, you can enjoy an iced tea as a refreshing thirst quencher in the garden. The ready-made iced teas usually have a very high sugar content and are anything but healthy. Homemade iced teas, on the other hand, are full of pleasure and are a great idea for refreshing drinks for the next garden party.
For the preparation of iced tea you can use both tea leaves and tea bags. Black tea is best for this, because it tastes intense and gives the iced tea enough flavor and aroma. For a more intense taste, you should use more tea leaves or tea bags instead of steeping the tea longer – otherwise it can become too bitter. For the same reason, the iced tea should be cooled as quickly as possible – preferably with ice cubes. Either sugar is used for sweetening when the tea is still hot, or syrup for chilled iced tea. The less sugar, the healthier and lower in calories the drink will be.
Lemon iced tea
- 4 teaspoons of black tea
- 1 liter of water
- Sugar to taste
- 2 lemons
- Ice cubes
Boil the water and pour it onto the tea leaves. Let it steep for about 3 minutes and then strain. In the meantime, squeeze the lemon juice and mix it with the sugar and tea in a jug. Now add 15-20 ice cubes, wait a moment for the tea to cool down and serve.
Hibiscus iced tea
- 100 g dried hisbiscus flowers
- 2 liters of water
- 1/3 cup agave syrup or sugar
- the juice of a small lime (optional)
Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Then add the sweetener and the hisbiscus flowers and simmer for about 5 minutes. Turn off the hotplate and let the tea steep for another 20 minutes. Then strain through a sieve and pour into a large jug. Let them cool down at room temperature and then put them in the fridge. Enjoy within 1-2 days.
Mango and peach iced tea
- 12 cups of water
- 5-6 tea bags of white tea
- 2 peaches, pitted and cut into pieces
- 1 cup frozen mango, sliced and thawed
- 1 tbsp + 1/4 cup sugar
Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan and then let the tea bags steep in it for about 5 minutes. Put the tea in a mixing bowl and let cool for about 45 minutes. In the meantime, soften the peaches, mango and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a small bowl. Then put the fruits in a large jug, pour the cooled tea on it and add the rest of the sugar. Stir everything with a large wooden spoon and serve with ice.
Refreshing drinks without alcohol: recipes for non-alcoholic cocktails
Are you looking for refreshing drinks that you can enjoy with pleasure and without guilt? Then you make the right choice with non-alcoholic cocktails! They provide great refreshment on warm days and save you the rough one the next morning. The possible combinations are really multifaceted and offer something for every taste. We have put together a few clever suggestions for you.
Alcohol-free piña colada
- 1 cup pineapple
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 50 ml coconut cream
- 150 ml coconut milk
- Handful of ice
Put all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth for about 30 seconds. Enjoy the cocktail cold.
- 10-12 fresh mint leaves
- 1 lime, quartered
- 1/4 cup sugar syrup
- 1 cup of soda water
- 1 cup of crushed ice
- Lime wedge and mint leaves to decorate
Put the lime, mint leaves and sugar syrup in a glass and gently mash with a pestle for about 1 minute. Then add crushed ice and fill the glass with soda water.
- 120 ml agave syrup
- 60 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 60 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- 60 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
- Ice cubes
Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Decorate a cocktail glass with a sugar rim and pour the cocktail into it.
Refreshing drinks for spring and summer with coffee
If you sweat from hot coffee in summer, you can replace it with a delicious iced coffee. Whether with milk, cream or pure – the morning coffee also tastes perfect ice cold. But do not believe us without looking, let us convince you of our recipe suggestions for refreshing drinks with coffee.
Iced mint latte
- 3/4 cup whole milk or almond milk
- 2 espresso
- 2 tbsp homemade sugar syrup made from sugar, water, vanilla and mint leaves
- Ice cubes
Put ice cubes in a large glass. Pour milk, espresso and sugar syrup on top and stir well. Serve with a few fresh mint leaves.
Iced coffee frappé
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee, heaped
- 1-2 tsp sugar (optional)
- 1 cup of milk
- 6-7 ice cubes
Pour coffee, sugar and a little water or milk into a glass and froth with a milk frother. Finally add the ice cubes and fill the glass with cold milk (or water).