Whether you’re enjoying a family picnic or a day at the beach, cheering on your brood at a family ball game or lounging back on your deck, pack your cooler or picnic basket with a few jugs of these thirst-quenching summertime sippers…

 

1. Green Jasmine-Mint Iced Tea

Feeling parched? Try a tall, icy glass of lush green tea, steeped with jasmine and mint for an added touch of exotic sweetness to balance out the grassy flavor. Add a drizzle of honey, a squeeze of fresh lemon and serve over a tall glass of ice. I even add a fresh sprig of mint for a bit of muddling in the bottom of each glass.

 

Source: EatingWell.com

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2. Governor’s Mansion Summer Peach Tea Punch

Nothing says a summer bridal shower, baby shower, or summer garden party like presenting a truly gallant and polite pitcher of summery peach tea punch to your guests. Start by steeping 3 bags of your favorite black tea, muddle fresh mint, add some fresh peach nectar and simple syrup, and add a bit of tart flavor with lemonade concentrate. Pour over chilled ginger ale and club soda, and add fresh peach wedges for garnish.

Source: Southern Living

3. Harvest Tea Sangria

This non-alcoholic sangria is a summer bounty of seasonal flavors—such as fresh apple slices, fresh orange wedges, and cranberry and pomegranate juices. Sweet meets tart when paired with brewed green tea and simple sugar over ice. Sip and enjoy!

Source: Reader’s Digest

4. Bubble Milk Tea

Why pay $5 for a café-iced latte when you can make this cooling bubble milk tea at home? Treat yourself to this delicious, sweetened bubble tea, featuring cold milk, brewed tea, simple syrup, crushed ice, and tapioca pearls (which are black balls of corn starch) for a brew that’s full of calcium and can take the place of dessert.

Source: Health.com

5. Sour-Cherry Lemonade

For a summer drink that truly has cherries on top (or infused within), this sweet yet tart sour cherry lemonade features seasonally fresh berries (i.e., strawberries, blueberries, and sour cherries, of course) for a triple-berry blast of delicious!

 

Source: Martha Stewart

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6. June Bug

What gives this summer-inspired drink its vibrant coral hue? Why the icy-chill sweetness of orange sherbet and a bit of grenadine. Top your glass with fresh orange juice and sweet fizzy ginger ale all blended together superbly and poured into an ice-filled glass.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

7. Arnold Palmer Mix Up

Named after the famous golfer, Arnold Palmer, these drinks are proof that you don’t have to pick between a tall glass of lemonade or a tall glass of iced tea when you can have both. These sweet non-alcoholic cocktails are just that—half ice tea and half lemonade. These variations are infused with pink grapefruit slices, fresh muddled blueberries and raspberries, and fresh seasonal peach slices.

Source: ABeautifulMess.com

8. Thyme and Lime Lemonade

What do you get when you pair fresh thyme sprigs with fresh lime juice and a tall glass of old fashioned, classic lemonade over ice?  Pure summer in a glass! Just remember to muddle your thyme herbs thoroughly using a wooden spoon for maximum summer-fresh flavor!

 

Source: RealSimple.com

 

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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