Yummy Summertime Drinks

by Joanna

Summer, summer, summertimeTime to sit back and unwind…

Ahhh, what a classic hit.

And what better way to celebrate the hot, stifling air of summer than with a cool, refreshing drink.  Especially if it’s low calorie!  Here are a few to try. These are non-alcoholic “mocktails” so everyone can enjoy, but do what you will with them, if you catch my drift.  Just make sure to enjoy responsibly!


Fresh Mint Water16 calories per serving

Prep: 15 minutes
Chill: 4 hours
Makes: 8 servings

  • 1 small cucumber, cleaned and sliced
  • 1/4 of a medium honeydew melon, peeled, seeded, and sliced into wedges
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 7 cups water
  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)

Place cucumber, honeydew melon, and mint leaves in a large pitcher. Fill pitcher with water. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or up to 3 days. Strain mixture; discard solids. Pour water into tall glasses over ice. If desired, garnish with additional fresh mint.  Pre-make a pitcher for an anytime beverage. Soak melon, mint, and cucumber in water for a cooling summertime drink.


Non-alcoholic Sangria – 120 calories per serving

Prep: 10 minutes
Chill: 4 hours
Makes: 6 servings

·         3 cups sparkling white grape juice or sparkling cider

·         1/2 cup pomegranate juice

·         1 firm ripe nectarine, sliced or chopped

·         1 cup fresh blueberries

·         1 1/2 cups chilled plain seltzer

·         Ice

Combine sparkling juice (or sparkling cider), pomegranate juice, nectarine and blueberries in a large pitcher. Refrigerate until cold, about 4 hours. Just before serving, stir in seltzer. Serve over ice.  Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 12 hours. Stir in seltzer just before serving.


Lemonade Faux-jito – 10 calories


Prep: 10 minutes
Chill: 4 hours
Makes: 8 servings

·         2 limes, cut into slices

·         1 cup loosely packed mint leaves (about 1 bunch)

·         3 single-serving packets sugar-free lemonade powdered drink mix (Crystal Light)

·         8 cups (64 oz.) club soda

·         Additional lime slices and mint leaves for garnish (optional)


In a large pitcher, muddle the lime slices and mint leaves with a long, wooden spoon. In a tall glass, combine drink mix with 1 cup club soda. Stir until dissolved. Transfer the drink mixture to the pitcher. Add remaining 7 cups club soda, and stir well. Serve over ice.


Looking for more refreshing drinks?  Check out my previous blog with more refreshing drink recipes.  Have a great summer!


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