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12 Awesome Juices for keeping cool during Summer

If you are looking for various juices for summer, you have come to the right place. Here we have compiled a list of 12 different recipes you will most certainly want to try. 

12 Juices for Summer

Summer is right around the corner, and soon you will be craving for a cold refreshing drink. Nothing beats opening that fridge on a hot summer's afternoon and having a cold pre-prepared bottle of icy cold juice sitting in front of you. 

​So with that in mind I thought it would make sense to find a few fantastic juice recipes for summer which you can make for those long stinking hot summer days.

You may infact have previously seen that I did one of these lists for winter juices too, and the feedback I received was very positive, so I hope you all get some enjoyment from this list of juices as well.

Now before I reveal the various juice recipes, I'd like to say something that some of my regular readers may find baffling.

Ready?

Okay so these juice recipes are not entirely, how should we say it.. umm healthy. That's right. Many of the recipes that I have included here have sugar and alcohol content, two big no no's if you are currently watching your waistline (source).

But sometimes you just need to treat yourself. And although these might not be the healthiest drinks you'll ever drink, they certainly beat a chocolate ice-cream!

12 Juices for summer that you must try!

1. Thai Tea Recipe

This recipe’s got two options that involves using organic black tea bags and Pantai Thai Tea Mix. Choose your wild!

Ingredients:

Option #1 - Thai Tea Mix

  • 1 cup (80g) Pantai Thai Tea Mix
  • 4 cups (960ml) water
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • about 1 cup (240ml) half and half (some folks also use coconut milk, whole milk, sweetened condensed milk)
  • ice

Option #2 - Using Organic Tea Bags:

  • 4 cups (960ml) water
  • 4 organic black tea bags
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 2 anise stars
  • 1 green cardamom pod, smashed
  • 2 whole cloves
  • about 1 cup (240ml) half and half (some folks also use coconut milk, whole milk, sweetened condensed milk)
  • ice

Method:

Option #1 - Thai Tea Mix Directions:

Bring water to boil and add the thai tea mix. Add sugar and gently stir to completely dissolve sugar. Gently boil tea for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Allow tea to steep for at least 30 minutes and allow it to cool. The more concentrated the tea flavor, the better the Thai tea tastes.

If you are using the Thai tea mix, strain the tea leaves. Set finished Thai tea aside to cool.

You can make this ahead of time and have the Thai tea chilling in the fridge. We usually like to make this tea mix one day ahead.

Fill glasses with ice and pour in Thai tea leaving enough room to fill in your half and half (or other creamer). For an 8 oz. glass we like to add about 2-3 tablespoons of half and half for a creamier flavor.

Option #2 - Using Organic Tea Bags Directions:

Bring water to boil and add the tea bags, sugar, anise starts, cardamom pod and cloves. Stir until all the sugar disolves. Gently boil tea for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Allow tea to steep for at least 30 minutes and allow it to cool. The more concentrated the tea flavor, the better the Thai tea tastes. We prefer to allow the tea bags to seep for about 2 hours for maximum flavor. During this time, the thai tea can cool.

Remove the tea bags and spoon out the anise starts, cardamom pod and cloves. If tea is still warm, we will refrigerate it so it can be chilled.

You can make this ahead of time and have the organic Thai tea chilling in the fridge.

Fill glasses with ice and pour in organic Thai tea leaving enough room to fill in your half and half (or other creamer). For an 8 oz. glass we like to add about 2-3 tablespoons of half and half for a creamier flavor.

This recipe is from whiteonricecouple.com


2. Raspberry Lemonade Spritzer

Set your body towards a cooler temperature with this refreshing drink made from raspberries and lemon slices. It’s also a good source of fiber and Vitamin C.

Raspberry Lemonade Spritzer

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz San Pellegrino Limonata
  • 1 Tbsp raspberry jam
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • fresh raspberries for muddling & garnish
  • lemon slices for garnish
  • mint

Method:

  1. In a glass muddle 4 raspberries.
  2. Stir in 1 Tbsp raspberry jam and top with a splash of Limonata. Stir to combine.
  3. Fill glass with ice.
  4. Top with Limonata and fresh lemon juice.
  5. Garnish with more berries, lemon slices and mint.

This recipe is from freutcake.com


3. Ginger-Peach Soda

This delicious and healthy drink can quench your thirst this summer. It has L Seltzer among its ingredients which adds to its bubbly taste.

Ginger-Peach Soda

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 2 very ripe peaches
  • 2 L Seltzer
  • 16 fresh mint leaves

Method:

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, bring 1 cup water, sugar, and ginger to a gentle simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove simple syrup from heat, cover, and steep for about 30 minutes.

2. Over a medium bowl, pour syrup through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing minced ginger against sieve with the back of a spoon to extract flavor. Discard ginger. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until well chilled.

3. Evenly distribute peach slices among 8 tall glasses. For each glass, lightly press peaches with the back of a wooden spoon to release their juice. Pour about 2 tablespoons chilled syrup over peaches. (Store remaining syrup in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.) Add ice cubes; then top with seltzer. Stir to distribute syrup, peach juice, and seltzer evenly. Garnish with 2 mint leaves.

This recipe is from womansday.com


4. Apple Cider Swizzle

This summer mashup drink is what you need to cool you down. Add Amaretto and Angostura + other ingredients and voila--you're concoction is complete!

This drink is a little naughty as it obviously includes alcohol. But it was one that is so well suited for summer I had to include it.​

Apple Cider Swizzle

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces spiced rum
  • 1/2 ounce maple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce Amaretto (almond liqueur)
  • 2 ounces hard apple cider
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • apple slice for garnish

Method:

Fill a collins glass halfway with crushed ice. Add rum, maple syrup, Amaretto, and hard apple cider. Using a swizzle stick, swizzle the drink until well mixed and the glass turns frosty. Top with bitters and additional crushed ice. Garnish with apple slice and serve.

This recipe is from jellytoastblog.com


5. Virgin Frozen Margaritas

This non-alcoholic drink makes you want for more. It provides you with a blast of Vitamin C as well!

Virgin Frozen Margaritas

Ingredients:

  • Lime wedge
  • coarse sugar
  • 1 (6-oz) can frozen limeade concentrate
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened grapefruit juice
  • 4 cups ice cubes

Method:

1. Rub the edge of margarita glasses with the lime wedge. Dip rims in the coarse sugar.

In a blender, combine the limeade concentrate, orange juice, unsweetened grapefruit juice and ice cubes. Blend until slushy. Serve in the margarita glasses.

This recipe is from tasteandtellblog.com


6. Ginger Basil Grapefruit Mimosas

Perfect for summer days and nights, this drink makes cooling down possible. It is loaded with fibrous grapefruit.

GINGER BASIL GRAPEFRUIT MIMOSAS

Ingredients:

  • 1 grapefruit; plus additional grapefruit for garnish
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 3 x 12oz cans of ginger soda
  • handful of fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup basil simple syrup

Method:

Juice one large grapefruit and segment additional grapefruit ofr garnish if preferred. Fill a pitcher half way with ice. Pour soda, fresh grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Mix well. Garnish with grapefruit slices and fresh basil.

BASIL SIMPLE SYRUP

· 1 cup sugar

· 1 cup water

· 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil

Place sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add the basil. Allow to steep for 15-20 minutes and strain and discard basil. Place syrup in a glass tupperware container or squeeze bottle if you have it.

Cover and chill for a couple hours.

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.

You can also make simple syrup in the microwave by placing the mixture in a glass tupperware container and heating it at 30 second intervals until sugar is fully dissolved.

This recipe is from onetwosimplecooking.com


7. Berry Green Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie gives you all the glory of most berries that you can get in one serving. The secret is adding Naturegg Simply Egg Whites to make it more nutritious.

Berry Green Protein Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup Naturegg Simply Egg Whites
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup ice

Method:

1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend on medium/high until it reaches the consistency you desire.

Pour into glasses, and serve!

This recipe is from soberjulie.com


8. Strawberry Fruit Punch Breakfast Cereal Smoothie

This one's perfect not only for kids but for all ages. Add LACTAID® 2% milk and what you get is good nutrition in a bowl or mason jar! 

Strawberry Fruit Punch Breakfast Cereal Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups LACTAID® 2% milk
  • 1 cup Fruit Loops or comparable lactose free cereal
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 6 large strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 cup ice

Method:

1. Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth.

2. Enjoy!

This recipe is from thecookierookie.com


9. Cranberry Orange Non-Alcoholic Cocktail

Invite friends over for a refreshing cranberry and orange super cooling drink.  It's a perfect mix for all members of the family, too! 

CRANBERRY ORANGE NON-ALCOHOLIC COCKTAIL

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 glass of Sprite Zero Cranberry
  • Splash of Cranberry Cocktail
  • Splash of No Pulp Orange Juice

Method:

Mix ingredients.

And to top it off garnish with a few fresh cranberries.

This recipe is from designdininganddiapers.com


10. Skinny Honey Deuce

Weightwatchers are welcome to try this juice. Skew some honeydew balls and you're up and about.

Skinny Honey Deuce

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Black Raspberry Sugar Free* Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 5 oz Soda Water
  • 3 Skewered Honeydew Melon Balls

Method:

Add vodka, sugar free* syrup and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Fill a pint glass with ice, and strain shaker contents. Top off with soda water and garnish with melon balls.

If you don’t want to use the black raspberry syrup, try making a puree in the food processor or blender with 1/4 cup black berries, the 1/2 oz of lemon juice and use a sweetener of your choice (stevia, honey, nutra-sweet, agave, sugar, etc) to get it to your preferred level of sweetness. You need it to offset the lemon, so feel free to amp up the sweetener here because it will be diluted by 7 oz of vodka and soda water. The calories will vary depending on your sweetener, but you’d be hard pressed to exceed the original calorie content!

This recipe is from eatdrinkandbeskinny.com


11. Watermelon Cooler

Watermelon seems everyone's favorite drink all throughout the summer season. Just peel some cucumber chunks, add in lime juice and you got yourself a delicious cooler.

Watermelon Cooler

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 cups of seedless watermelon (1 medium-sized watermelon), cut into chunks
  • 1/2 peeled cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 5 -10 mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • a pinch of salt

Method:

1. Depending on the size of your blender, you may have to do this in two batches, I did. Divide your ingredients in half, and process it twice if need be. Place all the ingredients in a blender, and process until it smooth. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a bowl, pressing the solids with a wooden spoon to get all the liquid out.

2. Place the watermelon mixture back in your blender and add ice cubes. Depending on how slushy you want it, add your ice cubes accordingly. I wanted mine very slushy, almost like a snow cone, so I used lots of ice cubes. Serve immediately.

This recipe is from mamasgottabake.com


12. Cucumber Melon Detox Drink

Indulge in this "beat-the-summer-heat" drink of all time!  Mint leaves add to its tangy taste.

Cucumber Melon Detox Drink

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cucumber with peel, cubed
  • 2 cups seedless melon, (we used watermelon)
  • 8 fresh mint leaves, lightly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 quarts water
  • Ice

Method:

In a large juice pitcher, combine cucumber, watermelon, and mint leaves. Gently smash ingredients. Add lime juice and water.

Allow to steep for at least one hour. Pour water through strainer into a separate bowl or juice pitcher to remove chunks.

Pour over ice and serve.

This recipe is from skinnyms.com


​So there you have it. 12 fantastically awesome (but a lil naughty) juices for summer you should try. 

As always, let me know how you go with these by leaving a comment below. And if you have another recipe that you've tried and would like to share, please do. I love hearing and trying new juicing ideas.

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Joana Hendy

Hey there, I'm Joana, editor in chief here at The Juice Chief. I'm a prolific blogger with a bachelor's degree in Food and Nutrition. I'm a mother to two amazing kids and am deeply passionate about organic juicing, nutrition and fitness. I also teach contemporary dance, a career which requires a healthy lifestyle, a sane mind, and a healthy diet.

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