5 Delicious Drink Recipes To Try Out This Summer

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Discover a delicious drink to impress your guests at your barbecue or pool party this summer! The classic recipes are tried and true, but what about something new?

Anyone can whip up a simple punch. But the secret to truly refreshing your guests is to test out something new and delicious.

The trick is to create a simple drink that tastes complex with lots of flavours that pack a punch. Check out our five recipes to wow everyone this summer (the easy way)!

* Featured image shows the Refresh Beverage Dispenser, 8.5L and Refresh Beverage Dispenser with Infuser, 8.5L from Maxwell & Williams.

Cucumber Sangria

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Original recipe from Better Homes & Gardens here.

This ultra-fresh recipe combines fruit and flavour with just the right amount of tang. It’s zingy green colour and crisp fruity look is perfect for summer!

Serves: 8

Prep Time: 20 minutes (plus chill for 2 hours)

Ingredients

1 small honeydew melon

1 seedless cucumber

12 fresh mint leaves

1 lime, thinly sliced

¼ cup of lime juice

¼ cup of honey

1 x 750ml bottle of Sauvignon Blanc (or other dry white wine)

1 x 1L bottle of carbonated water

Method

  1. Cut the honeydew into thin slices and toss into a large pitcher along with the cucumber and lime slices, plus the 12 mint leaves
  2. In a small bowl, mix the lime juice and honey together into a syrup and pour this over the fruit mix in your pitcher
  3. Add the wine to the pitcher and stir gently
  4. Cover and chill in the fridge for two hours
  5. Pour the carbonated water into a drink dispenser when you’re ready to serve!

Watermelon Basil Daiquiri

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Original recipe from Better Homes & Gardens here.

A bright drink for your summer days! This cocktail-based recipe combines the fresh taste of summer melon with delicious herbs for a match made in heaven.

Serves: 1

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

Cubes of watermelon

Frozen watermelon spears/wedges

Basil leaves

¼ cup of light rum

2 tbsp. lime juice

1 ½ tbsp. simple syrup (sugar and water)

Method

  1. Combine watermelon and basil in a cocktail shaker until the fruit is broken up and juiced
  2. Add rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice, then shake until chilled
  3. Double strain into a glass over ice
  4. Garnish with frozen watermelon

White Iced Tea

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Original recipe from Woman’s Day here.

This version of an iced tea looks fantastic in a drink dispenser or large pitcher, showing off all the herbs and flowers inside. This one is a definite crowd-pleaser!

Serves: 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

4 white tea bags

4 cups of water

½ cup of sugar

Fresh tarragon sprigs (or your favourite herbs) to taste

Method

  1. Steep the tea bags in 4 cups of boiling water (just like you do in the morning!) then leave it to chill
  2. Bring 1 cup of water and ½ a cup of sugar to the boil on your stovetop
  3. Add tarragon/herbs, steep the mixture into a syrup, then cool
  4. Use this tarragon syrup to flavour your iced tea mixture and voila!

Pineapple, Lime & Coconut Spritzer

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Original recipe from Real Simple here. Image credit: Fearless Homemaker here.

A delicious take on tropical pineapple flavours, this drink will have you relaxed and refreshed as you enjoy the summer afternoon.

Serves: 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes (plus chill 30 minutes)

Ingredients

3 cups of pineapple juice

2 cups of coconut water

½ cup of lime juice

2 cups of carbonated water

½ a pineapple, cored and cut into spears

A splash of rum (if you fancy it!)

Method

  1. Combine the pineapple juice, cocounut water and lime juice in a large pitcher and chill (can be stored for up to 12 hours)
  2. Before serving, add the carbonated water and a splash of rum (optional)
  3. Garnish with the chunky spears of pineapple for an impressive display

Rhubarb Lemonade

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Original recipe from Woman’s Day here.

An award-winning recipe from the good folk at Quick & Simple, this out-of-the-box drink is not only delicious but looks delectable in a pitcher or drink dispenser on your table. Love it!

Serves: 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

6 lemons

2 rhubarb stalks

1 cup of sugar

4 cups of water

Method

  1. Peel the zest from the lemons and squeeze the juice from the remaining lemons into a cup
  2. Combine the rhubarb, lemon zest, sugar and 2 cups of water in a saucepan
  3. Bring the mixture to the boil until sugar is dissolved and rhubarb is tender
  4. Strain the mix and add lemon juice then chill in the fridge
  5. When ready to serve, pour into a pitcher or dispenser and add the remaining 2 cups of water
  6. Garnish with lemon slices and enjoy!

Kyra Thomsen is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW. She has experience in copywriting, blogging, journalism, and social media. After completing two degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature in 2013 she began work with the content team at Zanui. Kyra was the winner of the 2012 Questions Writing Prize and her work has been published in print and online for numerous sources, including Writer's Edit, Seizure, and Fairfax Media among others.