Refresh yourself with one of these beautifully thirst-quenching drinks.

A long summer tipple can not only quench the thirst in the most delicious of ways, but even give a host of health benefits too. Here we round-up nine tasty summer drinks recipes to try, from the decadent to the delicious – including breakfast smoothies, a how-to guide to the latest kombucha craze and a few summer cocktails to enjoy al fresco with friends. Whatever your tipple, dive in and discover your new favourite summer sip. Summer garden parties are calling.

Mint and Mango Iced Green Tea

BBC Good Food

The combination of mango, fresh mint and lime is as refreshing as it is transportive, taking you to tropical climes with one gulp. Make a pitcher to accompany a summer BBQ to cut through the richness of grilled meats. Get the recipe here.


Olive Magazine

If you’ve conquered kefir and nailed sourdough, next on your foodie zeitgeist to-master list has to be kombucha. This how-to guide is an easy step-by-step process to follow to give you a constant supply of gut-nurturing fermented tea, all summer long. Get the recipe here.

Blueberry and Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Deliciously Ella

A meal in a glass, this nutrient dense breakfast smoothie is great for on the go. With plant protein to keep you full and natural sugars to give you a perk me up, it’s a great start to the day. Get the recipe here.

Paloma Cocktail


For those who don’t like their cocktails too sweet, a Paloma is the perfect tipple. Tequila, grapefruit juice with a squeeze of lime and top up of club soda makes for a perfect evening sharpener that will enliven the palette. Get the recipe here.

Carrot Limeade

Martha Stewart

Don’t knock this unlikely combo till you’ve tried it. Pure sunshine in a glass, the sweet carrot juice is balanced with a kick of lime for the perfect sip on a hot day. Add a splash of vodka for a twist on a classic Bloody Mary. Get the recipe here.

Secret Garden Cocktail

Delicious Magazine

The perfect recipe for a summer garden party, the tart blackcurrant and fiery ginger beer combine with gin for an easy-to-mix alternative to a classic G&T that encapsulates a British summer garden in a glass. Get the recipe here.

Green Refresher Juice

Juice Master

If you’re looking to up your greens intake, or simply to use up a glut from the garden, this juice blitzes broccoli, spinach, apple, pear, cucumber and lime for a vibrant, refreshing juice that sings of summer. Get the recipe here.

Midsummer Solstice Spritz

Hendricks Gin

Made with Hendricks’ limited-edition floral gin, the Midsummer Solstice, this light, fragrant Spritz is a summery bouquet of blousy blooms and botanicals. Serve in a large balloon glass and balance with ribbons of citrusy orange and cooling cucumber. Get the recipe here.

Rhubarb Cordial

BBC Good Food

This most British of summer cordials takes just ten minutes to prepare and is a brilliant recipe to have up your sleeve if you have a glut of rhubarb in your veg patch (or box) this month. Get the recipe here.

By Lydia Mansi
June 2021

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