Summer Drink Recipes: Lemonades, Iced Teas, and Punches

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Escape the Summer Heat with These Refreshing Drinks!

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Thirsting for a refreshing summer drink on a hot day? Here are some deliciously cool recipes from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

11 Summer Drink Recipes to Cool Off With

Switchel (Haymaker’s Punch)

Before Gatorade, hardworking farmers in colonial days turned to Haymaker’s Punch, also called switchel, for refreshment. This was the drink of choice for workers out in the field who wanted to cool off with something with a bit more of a kick than just plain old well water.

Switchel (Haymaker’s Punch)
Photo Credit: Catherine Boeckman

Berry Iced Tea

Liven up your summer iced tea with fresh, seasonal berries. It’s so refreshing. 

Recipe for Berry Iced Tea
Berry Iced Tea
Photo Credit: Sam Jones/Vaughn Communications

Old-Fashioned Lemonade Stand Lemonade

There’s nothing better for a hot summer day than a cold glass of lemonade. We think this version is just right, but you can adjust the sugar and lemon to find your perfect version. 

Old-Fashioned Lemonade Stand Lemonade
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Mint Lemonade

Cooling mint meets refreshing citrus—what’s not to love?

Mint Lemonade
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Pink Lemonade

This version of lemonade calls for strawberries or raspberries, but you might want to try it with cherries when they are in season. 

Pink Lemonade
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One-Week Ginger Beer

If you’re like us and want a more exciting version of ginger soda, try this recipe. It keeps that fresh–ginger flavor in all the best ways. 

One-Week Ginger Beer
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Dog Days Iced Tea

This iced tea is brightened up with orange juice, perfect for a quick sip or a languid evening. 

Recipe for Dog Days Iced Tea
Dog Days Iced Tea
Photo Credit: Sam Jones/Vaughn Communications

Strawberry Lemonade

Lemonade is a great way to use strawberries when they are in-season and abundant. 

Recipe for Strawberry Lemonade
Strawberry Lemonade
Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Grown-Up Lemonade

Lemonade isn’t just for kids! Try this delightful grown-up version for your next summer dinner party or cookout. 

Grown-Up Lemonade
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Watermelon Punch

Is there anything better to go with a summer BBQ than watermelon? Try this delightful punch for a fun twist on a classic combination. 

watermelon punch
Watermelon Punch
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Rhubarb Punch

We’ve all heard of rhubarb pie or jam, but how about this slightly tart but oh-so-good punch? After you taste it, you’ll want to plant some rhubarb in your yard. 

Rhubarb Punch
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What is your go-to summer drink? Share it with us in the comments!

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Catherine Boeckmann

Catherine Boeckmann loves nature, stargazing, and gardening so it’s not surprising that she and The Old Farmer’s Almanac found each other. She leads digital content for the Almanac website, and is also a certified master gardener in the state of Indiana. Read More from Catherine Boeckmann

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