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Cool Drinks for Summer

Fun options for refreshment

By Julie LacksonenPublished 12 months ago Updated 12 months ago 3 min read
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There's nothing quite like a refreshing frozen drink after a summer day of playing or working in the hot sun. Not only does it hydrate you, but it also cools your core body temperature. With choices you cannot find in fastfood establishments or restaurants and fresh ingredients, you can make a beverage better than anything you could buy.

Below are some great smoothies and shakes guaranteed to satiate and satisfy the pickiest palates. These are templates which can be tailored to each consumer’s tastes. Be prepared to be adventurous with your summer drinks.

Note: if your blender has difficulty with ice, be sure to use crushed rather than cubed ice.


Basic Template


2 cups of desired fruit

1/4 cup water, juice, or milk of choice (dairy, soy, almond, or coconut)

1 cup ice

Blend, garnish if desired, serve

Flavor options:

Any fruit, fresh or frozen - If using frozen fruit, reduce or eliminate ice. Favorites: banana, pear, mango, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, kiwi, pineapple, peach, orange, lemon, and lime.

Vegetable options: cucumber, spinach, carrots, broccoli

Seasonings: cilantro, cayenne, cinnamon, mint (fresh or extract)

Seeds: chia seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seed (ground)

Yogurt (your choice), coconut and nuts can also be added

Although fruits usually offer enough sweetness, below is a list for additives if you have a sweet tooth.

Sweeteners: honey, agave, stevia, powdered sugar

For the cover smoothie, these ingredients may surprise you, but don't dismiss it with a sour face. Give it a try. In addition to water and ice, I included: grapes, cucumber, kiwi, broccoli, lemon, cilantro, and apple (chopped, peeled). This is so tasty!

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The smoothie in this photograph has watermelon, kiwi, and a bit of apple. Yum! This is great after a workout or post- work refreshment.

For this next smoothie, I added frozen mango, a banana, 1 1/2 mandarin oranges and a bit of water. Delicious!

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For this last smoothie, I used almond milk, vanilla yogurt, fresh raspberries, a bit of banana, some sliced almonds, and a dash of agave nectar.

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The difference between a shake and a smoothie is that a shake has a creamy base, usually ice cream. Here are some fun options with which to experiment.

Basic template


1 cup ice cream or frozen yogurt

1/2 cup ice (optional)

Desired flavors (see below)

You can also add cream if desired.

Blend well. Top with whipped cream, sprinkles, shaved chocolate, crushed graham crackers, cereal, and/or a maraschino cherry if desired.

There are so many options here. You can make a banana split shake, a peanut butter hot fudge shake, or a chocolate coconut mint shake. You may also consider using some of the flavors listed above for a shake.

Flavor options:

Chocolate (syrup, chips, baking cocoa, bars, hot fudge)

Fruit - fresh or frozen

Nuts of choice

Cereal of choice


Mint (fresh or extract)

Coffee (beans or grounds)


Creme de cacao

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For this shake, I included ice cream, almond milk, baking cocoa, banana, and a bit of ice. I topped it with whipped cream and sprinkles. I like using up my soft bananas this way in the summer instead of heating up the oven to make banana bread.

Any of these delicious drinks can be spiked. Simply add your alcohol of choice. You may choose to coat the rim with salt, Tahin or sugar.

The next time you come home hot and thirsty, consider making yourself a smoothie or a shake. After you are familiar with the above templates, consider having a smoothie party, making drinks to order. You can even ask friends their tastes ahead of time to have appropriate ingredients on hand.



About the Creator

Julie Lacksonen

Julie has been a music teacher at a public school in Arizona since 1987. She enjoys writing, reading, walking, swimming, and spending time with family.

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  • Denise E Lindquist10 months ago

    Nice! Thank you for the ideas!💕

  • Carol Townend11 months ago

    I love shakes, and these sound really nice. I like to add a little cinnamon and nutmeg to my shakes, and I use a caramel ice cream rather than plain to most of them.

  • Call Me Les12 months ago

    How did you know I needed new smoothie recipes! This is fab <3

  • C. H. Richard12 months ago

    I love the idea of putting the smoothie in a margerita glass. Makes me feel like I'm having a cocktail instead of something healthy. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Tiffany Gordon 12 months ago

    Awesome Choices! 😊

  • Ali Howarth12 months ago


  • Michele Jones12 months ago

    Loved the recipes. Definitely going to try them.

  • J. Delaney-Howe12 months ago

    Some great recipes! I will have to try them.

  • Dana Stewart12 months ago

    The watermelon, kiwi and apple one seems intriguing! I will have to duplicate that recipe! Thanks for the innovation!

  • Dawn Salois12 months ago

    These all look delicious! Definitely great recipes for summer.

  • C.Z.12 months ago

    Yum, gotta love a frozen drink!

  • Babs Iverson12 months ago

    Cool!!! Fabulous piece!! 👏💖💕

  • Natalie Wilkinson12 months ago

    I love these in the summer! The banana mango one sounds delicious.

  • Steve Lance12 months ago

    Those sound great. And excellent photos.

  • Mariann Carroll12 months ago

    Who can resist smoothie 👍

  • Julie this is amazing!! The photos add such a genuine effort I love it:)

  • Some luscious recipes, great post.

  • Cathy holmes12 months ago

    They all looks delicious, especially the mango/mandarin.

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