5 Summer Drinks to beat the Heat of June

Planning a pool party or summer soirée? Host your guests with tasty, fresh drinks full of fruits punches to beat the summer heat. Check out the recipes below for the coolest treats for summer.

  1. Fresh Berry Lemonade

In large saucepan, combine strawberries, sugar, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer until berries turn pale and liquid is red, about 10 minutes. Skim off and discard any foam that has risen to surface.

Let syrup cool in saucepan 1 hour. Strain through fine-mesh sieve and let cool completely (discard berries or save for another use). Refrigerate in airtight container up to 2 weeks. In pitcher, stir together Strawberry Simple Syrup, lemon juice, and 5 cups ice-cold water. Serve over ice with fruit.

2. Cranberry-Basil Spritze

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water and sugar to a boil. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add 1/2 cup basil leaves, remove pan from heat, and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain syrup and let cool for at least 1 hour. In a large pitcher, combine syrup, unsweetened cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice.

Fill pitcher with chilled club soda, then add lime slices, fresh cranberries, and 1/2 cup basil leaves. To serve, pour spritzers over ice, top each with a splash more club soda, and garnish with basil.

3. Icy Watermelon Granita

In small saucepan, combine sugar, 1/4 cup water, and 1/4 tsp salt and simmer until sugar has dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Finely grate zest from lemons and squeeze 1/2 cup juice. Stir zest and juice into syrup. 

In blender, working in batches, puree watermelon with lemon syrup. Pour into metal loaf pan or square pan and freeze until set, about 8 hours. When ready to serve, using a fork, scrape surface into large flakes.

4. Cucumber Lemon & Mint Fizz

Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add the tea bags, mint, and half the lemon. Let steep, stirring twice, for 4 minutes. Discard the tea bags and let the tea cool.

Discard the mint and lemon from the iced tea concentrate. Stir in the cucumber and remaining lemon. Add ginger ale. Serve over ice with additional mint, if desired.

5. Kiwi Lemonade Spritzer

Purée the sugar and kiwi in a blender until smooth.In a 1-quart container, stir together the lemon juice and water. Add the kiwi purée and stir. Chill until very cold.

To serve, pour 1/2 cup of the kiwi mixture into each of 8 tall glasses. Fill with ice and add roughly 1/2 cup seltzer water to fill the glass. If you like, spike a lemon and/or kiwi wedge on the rim of each glass.

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