Summer Drink Recipes: Lemonades, Iced Teas, and Punches

Escape the Summer Heat with These Refreshing Drinks!

June 22, 2020
Recipe for Dog Days Iced Tea
Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

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.

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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
Photo Credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

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. 

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Photo Credit: Gelly_/Pixabay

Mint Lemonade

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

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Photo Credit: GoncharukMaks/shutterstock

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. 

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Photo Credit: Jill Wellington/pixabay

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. 

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Photo Credit: mac231/pixabay

Dog Days Iced Tea

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

Recipe for Dog Days Iced Tea
Photo Credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Strawberry Lemonade

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

Recipe for 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. 

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Photo Credit: graywendya/pixabay

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. 

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Photo Credit: Pixabay

Rhubarb Punch

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

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Photo Credit: Elena Trukhina/shutterstock

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lemonade

We have 2 lemon trees that are still giving us lots of fruit in June. We squeeze and freeze the juice in ice cube trays, I sometimes add sprigs of Lavender before freezing. I put the cubes into a tumbler or large glass fill with water and viola, instant lemonade. since we pick the fruit as it falls off the trees it is sweet and needs no sugar. Sometimes I'll add some fresh mint leaves.

What are the benefits of

What are the benefits of white tea ?

White tea has a higher amount

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White tea has a higher amount of antioxidants and less caffeine than green tea.

Love the info. Please keep it

Love the info. Please keep it coming!!!

Love The Old School Recipes,

Love The Old School Recipes, and "the Farmers Almanac"

All year round I make No Boil

All year round I make No Boil Iced Tea, which I describe here

Lemonade is always a favorite

Lemonade is always a favorite during the hot days of summer, but I also enjoy a cold glass of brewed "white iced tea" infused with a sprig of pineapple mint. :~)

What is "white" tea? The

What is "white" tea? The pineapple mint sounds DELICIOUS! :)