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Top 10 summer drinks recipes

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Mix up a batch of crowd-pleasing sangria, a fruity cordial or a super slushie with our easy summer drinks. Quench your thirst with these seasonal tipples.

Keep cool and quench your thirst with our favourite fruity punches, cocktails, slushies and cordials. Our best ever summer drink recipes are easy to make and perfect for entertaining or simply sitting back and catching some rays. 


Whether you're looking for non-alcoholic drinks that are a cut above or party drinks recipes to impress your guests, we have something for every cocktail cabinet and kitchen cupboard. 

1. Summer punch

Summer punch with lemon slices in bowl and glasses

Our simple summer punch is the perfect thirst quencher for when the weather hots up. Using herbs like lemon verbena and mint will lift the flavours and give your punch a refreshing twist. For a special version with a little extra fizz, swap the sparkling water for a glug of champagne. Mix up a batch and let guests help themselves. 

Check out five of our finest summer punches for even more inspiration, or get some booze-free tasty alternatives with our top non-alcoholic punch recipes

2.Elderflower cordial

Elderflower cordial in glasses on tray

As soon as the sprays of tiny white flowers start appearing in the hedgerows, we can't resist mixing up a bottle of homemade elderflower cordial. This easy, fragrant drink is summer in a glass. Try adding a dash to wine, prosecco or champagne to start the party in style. Put your foraged flowers to good use with our best ever elderflower recipes, from spectacular sponges to towering trifles. 

Find more delectable elderflower drinks recipes in our ultimate collection. 

3. Frosé

Frosé in glass

Blend rosé wine with sweet strawberries, zesty lemon and a touch of sugar, and what do you get? Our favourite grown-up slushie – frosé. This pretty pink glassful is simple to make and is wonderfully refreshing. Freeze your wine overnight and let the strawberries sit for at least 30 minutes to get the most fruity flavour. 

Try even more frozen cocktail recipes, from our classic strawberry daiquiri to our watermelon prosecco sorbet slushies or our non-alcoholic watermelon & strawberry slushie

4. Easy sangria

Sangria in jug and in glasses with red fruit

It wouldn't be summer without a jug of ruby-red sangria with plenty of fresh fruit. Our easy sangria recipe uses red wine, a glug of Spanish brandy and a touch of cinnamon to bring great depth of flavour. Enjoy balmy evenings with a glass of this delicious sharing cocktail. Check out our top tips on how to make sangria and try our favourite variations in our sangria recipe collection

5. Pimm's 

Pimm's in jug with fruit and ice

Get a true taste of summer with a chilled jug of fruity Pimm's. This instant classic is easy to make in advance and chill until you're ready to serve. It's as much of a summer institution as Wimbledon and getting slightly burned at the beach. Try our basil & strawberry Pimm's or our refreshing Pimm's iced tea for tasty twists. 

Put any extra booze to good use and whip up a whole summer spread with our 7 new ways with Pimm's

6. Peach iced tea 

Iced tea in glasses with fruit on tray

Beat the heat with a peach iced tea pick-me-up, sure to be a hit with the whole family. It's the perfect blend of mellow tea and sweet, fruity flavours. Mix up a jug of our easy iced tea with subtle citrussy notes – it's the ideal booze-free party drink. 

Read our simple step-by-step guide and learn how to make iced tea with our best ever recipes and flavour ideas. 

7. Iced coffee

Iced latte with spoon in glass

Warm weather doesn't mean you need to give up your caffeine kick. Make our elegant iced latte with just a handful of ingredients, or a classic blended iced coffee that you can whip up in minutes. Learn how to make iced coffee at home with our top tips and flex your frappé skills. Feel like trying something new? Make a frothy dalgona coffee in just two easy steps. 

8. Strawberry mojito 

Strawberry mojitos in glasses with ice and fruit

Take a marvellous mojito to the next level with a vibrant strawberry mojto recipe. When barbecue season rolls around, enjoy the sunshine with this simple strawberry creation in hand. We guarantee the pitcher will be drained in record time. 

Try minty mocktails, fruity cocktails and a confirmed classic from our mojito recipe collection. Get a burst of sweetness and satisfy your guests' thirst with even more fruity cocktail recipes

9. Watermelon lemonade

Lemonade in watermelons with ice and straws

Our watermelon lemonade tastes just as good as it looks and is well worth the extra presentation points. Both kids and adults alike will love these pretty-in-pink drinks. Blend up with ice for a super slushie texture. If you have a pack of frozen raspberries, try our raspberry lemonade slushies

Try our fabulous frozen cocktail recipes for a grown-up take on these icy summer sippers. 

10. Aperol spritz

Aperol spritz in glass with orange and ice

A sunny aperol spritz is the archetypal Italian tipple. Top up your glass with bubbly prosecco and soda for an effervescent cool cocktail. Experiment with a grapefruit spirtz, an aperativo spritz or ice cube cocktails and even more ways with aperol

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