Summer Sips

Keep cool this summer with these refreshing and easy summer drink recipes. Cocktails and kid-friendly drinks…there something for everyone! Kick back and enjoy your summer y’all!

Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

    • 3/4 cup orange soda
    • 2/3 cup vanilla ice cream
    • 2/3 cup orange sherbet
    • 3 tbsp whipped cream for topping
    • Orange slice and cherry for garnish optional

Pour 3/4 cup of orange soda into blender
Add 2 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
Add 2 large scoops of orange sherbet
Blend ingredients until smooth and creamy
Pour into glass
Top with a generous amount of whipped cream (there’s no such thing as too much)
Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.
Add even more ice cream if you like your milkshakes extra thick.

Raspberry Peach Lemonade

    • ¼ cup agave nectar
    • 6 ounces raspberries
    • 3 medium peaches, sliced
    • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup water and agave over medium heat until the agave has dissolved, about 1 minute. Add raspberries and peaches, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until raspberries have broken down, about 5 minutes.

With the top cap removed, combine raspberry-peach mixture in a blender until smooth, about 1 minute; let cool completely before straining through a cheesecloth or fine sieve.

In a large pitcher, whisk together raspberry-peach mixture, lemon juice and 5 cups water. Place in the refrigerator until chilled.

Serve over ice and raspberries, if desired.

Copycat Frosted Lemonade

    • 1 cup lemonade
    • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
    • sliced lemons, for garnish

In a blender, add the lemonade, then the ice cream. If your blender has an ice cream button, use that. If not, blend on low speed for about 15 seconds, then medium for 30 seconds.

Tootsie-Fruitsy Margaritas


    • 5 oz (3 shots) blanco tequila
    • 2 tbsp honey
    • 1/2 cup ruby red grapefruit juice (bottled or fresh)*
    • 1 cup mango nectar*
    • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice*
    • The juice of 1 lemon
    • The juice of 2 limes

Rim Salt:

    • 1 1/2 tbsp coarse kosher or sea salt
    • 1/2 tsp orange zest
    • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
    • 1/2 tsp lime zest

Add the margarita ingredients to a shaker or mason jar, fit with lid, and shake well.

To make the salt, combine zest and coarse salt together with a fork until well incorporated. Transfer to a plate to make it easier to dip the glasses. (Makes enough salt for at least 4 drinks).

Run a citrus wedge around the edge of your glasses, and dip each glass into the citrus salt.

Fill glasses with ice, and pour margarita mixture evenly into both glasses (I used 8 oz rocks style glasses). Garnish with citrus and serve!

Bonus: Lemon Twist Garnish

To make the lemon peel twists, cut a strip of lemon peel with a pairing knife, edge-to-edge around the circumference of the lemon. Gently twist in opposing directions on the ends and hold to shape. Release and form as desired (should be nice and spiraled, but pushing it a bit can give it more definition/tighter spiral).

Breakfast Sangria

    • 1 pink grapefruit
    • 1 navel orange
    • 2 limes
    • 1 cup Cointreau
    • 1 750ml bottle Prosecco
    • 12 to 24 ounces plain or grapefruit sparkling water

Slice the citrus fruit into half moons. Mix with the Cointreau in a pitcher that holds at least quarts. Add the Prosecco and cover the pitcher tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

When ready to serve, top off the pitcher with sparkling water and serve with lime or orange wedges.

Fresh Peach Margarita

    • 6 Ripe Peaches, pitted, peeled, and sliced
    • 1/4 Cup Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
    • 3 Tablespoons Confectioners’ Sugar
    • 1 Cup tequila (I use silver but whatever you know you like is fine)
    • 1/2 Cup Fresh Lime Juice (or bottled lime juice NOT from concentrate)
    • 1/2 Cup Triple Sec
    • 1 lime, cut into wedges

Peel, pit, and slice the fresh peaches. Combine the peaches, orange juice and sugar in the body of a blender and pulse until completely smooth. Stir in the tequila, lime juice, and triple sec.

Unicorn Lemonade

Unicorn Lemonade Ingredients

    • 3 cups water
    • Pink food coloring
    • Purple food coloring
    • teal food coloring
    • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
    • Unicorn sprinkles or pink, purple and gold sprinkles

Lemonade Recipe Ingredients

    • 5 cups granulated white sugar
    • 9 cups of water
    • 5 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice 20-24 lemons

Unicorn Lemonade Ice Cubes

Divide the water into three different measuring cups with the spout on them. Color the water so you have one cup full of pink water, one cup of purple water, and one cup of teal water. Pour the water into individual ice cube trays. Allow the ice to freeze overnight in your freezer.

Homemade Lemonade

Heat a medium pot on the stove on medium heat, add sugar and water. Bring the sugar and 1.5 cups water to a boil. Set aside and let it cool.

Squeeze your lemons into a bowl.

In a large pitcher combine the rest of the water, the sugar/water mixture and the lemon juice and mix well. Serve over ice.

Assembling Unicorn Lemonade

Place your corn syrup onto a small plate.
Mix together the pink, purple and gold sprinkles together on a small plate.
Dip the rim of your glass into the corn syrup so it’s lightly coated around the rim.
Dip the glass into the sprinkles and swirl it around until the whole rim so it’s covered in sprinkles.
Layer the ice in your glass so it is alternating pink, teal, and purple ice until the glass is full. Pour in the lemonade and garnish with lemon and straw.

Mermaid Water

    • Pineapple Juice
    • Gatorade Zero Sugar Berry Flavored
    • Gatorade Frost Glacier Freeze
    • Tall Glass
    • Ice Cubes

Start by filling your glass completely to the top with ice cubes. If you would like to use a straw, it’s best to insert your straw in the glass before pouring your liquids, otherwise the straw will disturb the layering process.

Pour the pineapple juice over the ice, filling the glass a little over a third full. Next, very slowly pour the Gatorade Zero Berry over the pineapple juice, filling the glass about ¾ full. If the Gatorade begins pouring too quickly it will mix into the pineapple juice. A trick to help pour slowly is to hold a spoon with the backside facing up across the glass, and pour the Gatorade over the back side of the spoon. It will slowly trickle into the glass, and keep it from mixing with the pineapple juice.

Lastly, pour the Gatorade Frost Glacier Freeze slowly over the Gatorade Zero Berry. The two will slightly mix together, and create an ombre effect, while still separating from the pineapple juice.