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Two cold beverage cocktails at Cantina Restaurant inside Presidio Resident Club

02 June . 2021

Must Try Summer Mixed Drinks to Enjoy by the Pool

Top Ten Summer Mixed Drinks to Enjoy by the Pool

Ahhh, summertime in the desert, when the living is easy, and hanging out poolside is a must. One of the most refreshing ways to cool down during Arizona’s summer heat is relaxing with plenty of sunscreen, poolside cocktails, and a good book or group of friends. Of course, staying hydrated in the heat is important, so avoiding alcohol is a good call. Soft drinks and alcohol—although fine in moderation—are not always the best options, and the best drink on a hot day is not always a cold beer, but plain water is no fun.

In order to get ready for our summertime in Estrella, we’re sharing our list of top ten favorite nonalcoholic summertime mixed drinks, so they’re also kid-friendly. Best of all, they’re easy to make, even on the go. If you’d like to add a bit of extra oomph for an adult version, many recipes can be enhanced.

  1. Sparkling Honey Limeade: This refreshing beverage can be made from fresh limes or a frozen concentrate, some honey, sparkling water, and a bit of sugar to sweeten to taste. With the abundance of beautiful citrus fruits available, it’s worth the time to make it from scratch. Pour over ice, garnish with a mint sprig, and ahhhh! Cool, sweet, and tart flavors all combined. You can even add fresh fruit to the mix for an extra dash of flavor.
  2. Fruity Gluten-Free Sangria: A Spanish favorite, sangria is usually made with red wine, chopped fruit with some added sweetener like sugar or honey, but we think this version is even better! Combine grape, orange, and lime juice with sliced fruits and a splash of soda water or lemon/lime soda and serve over ice. It’s a healthy snack and drink in one glass!
  3. The Cactus Cooler: Orange juice, pineapple juice, and a simple dash of grenadine make this drink an excellent option for people of all ages and pairs well with Mexican food. Try a dash of prickly pear juice to get that extra flavor of the desert Southwest.
  4. Bahama Mama: Mix equal parts of orange, pineapple, grapefruit juice, and lemon-lime soda. Pour over ice, add a dash of grenadine and garnish with an orange slice. Relax, and savor the flavor of the tropics from your desert oasis.
  5. Cranberry Sparkler: Combine 6 ounces of cranberry juice along with the juice of one lime and pour over ice. Add sparkling water and garnish with an orange slice. Delish!
  6. No-Alcohol Mint Julep: This classic Southern cocktail is best served in frosty glasses with crushed ice. With just three main ingredients: simple syrup, cola or strong tea, and muddled mint, it’s refreshing and not too sweet. You can also opt for ginger ale, simple syrup, and mint and make a larger batch of mock mint julep punch.
  7. Frozen Pink: This one is perfect for days at home by the pool. A frosty blended mix of frozen banana, strawberries, ice, coconut water, agave syrup, and yogurt makes for a healthy smoothie-style drink that is perfect for keeping cool on hot days.
  8. Skinny Piña Colada Smoothie: Get a good dose of vitamin C while you’re getting your Vitamin D by the pool. Blend lite coconut milk, pineapple chunks, and a dollop of honey with ice and pour into a tall glass. That’s how easy the non-alcohol version is to make—no cracking open coconuts required. Add a jigger of your favorite rum for an adult cocktail.
  9. Minty Watermelon Sparkler: Blend seeded watermelon chunks, ¼ cup of mint leaves, sparkling water, ice, and sweeten to taste with honey. Pour over ice, then garnish with a watermelon wedge.
  10. Spa Water: A favorite for a reason. It’s so simple to make but oh, so refreshing! Slice cucumber, lime, orange, or your favorite fruits into a pitcher of fresh water and chill or steep for a couple of hours, then serve over ice or as is - it’s equally delicious and a great way to get kids and adults to drink more water.


Finally, when preparing these summertime mixed drinks, remember to keep glassware inside. Always opt for plastic or insulated cups by the pool for safety. Broken glass in the pool is a hassle to clean up and can even require the pool to be drained and refilled, so caution is always essential. Remember, reusable straws are better for the environment, too.

For more ideas for mocktails and summertime mixed drinks, check out this list of 40 delicious drinks to sip by the pool from HGTV.