25 Cool Drinks for a Hot Day

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Whether you're looking for the perfect iced tea, a kicked-up lemonade, or a fabulous tropical cocktail, a sip or two from this collection of summer drinks will help cool you off when the weather gets hot.

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Hibiscus Mocktini

Hibiscus Mocktini
Francesco Lagnese

Mix equal parts hibiscus tea and ginger ale for a sparkling summer drink.

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Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer
Petrina Tinslay

Despite its name, ginger beer is a kid-friendly summer drink. This homemade version can be served on its own, or can help you kick your standard Moscow Mule or Dark and Stormy up a notch.

RELATED: How to Make a Moscow Mule

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Espresso Slushy

Espresso Slushy
Charles Maraia

Instant espresso gives a low-cal cool drink some kick.

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Raspberry Fizz

Raspberry Fizz
Charles Maraia

Top a ginger ale–cranberry juice combo with scoops of raspberry sorbet.

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Iced Green Tea With Ginger and Mint

Iced Green Tea With Ginger and Mint
Charles Maraia

Spice up a refreshing green iced tea with the flavors of fresh ginger and mint.

RELATED: Easy Infused Iced Teas

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Watermelon Mint Cooler

Watermelon-Mint Cooler
Yunhee Kim

This summer drink is as juicy and refreshing as a slice of watermelon on a sweltering afternoon.

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Cucumber and Lime Spritzer

Cucumber and Lime Spritzer
Yunhee Kim

Slightly tart and brisk, this is a mocktail for grown-ups.

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Sparkling Pineapple Ginger Ale

Sparkling Pineapple Ginger Ale
Yunhee Kim

Pineapple sweetens the tang of ginger ale for a cool drink with tropical vibes.

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Iced Tea With Plums and Thyme

Iced Tea With Plums and Thyme
Yunhee Kim

Serve this fruit-and-herb blend as a nonalcoholic sipper or spike it with bourbon.

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Strawberry Thyme Lemonade

Strawberry-Thyme Lemonade
Danny Kim

Give the traditional summer cooler a tweak with your favorite fresh fruit and herbs.

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Mixed Berry Shake

Mixed-Berry Shake
Quentin Bacon

A frothy concoction of ice cream and berries is a sweet, satisfying treat, especially when the weather swelters.

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Cranberry Spritzer

Cranberry Spritzer
Alexandra Grablewski

This cranberry-apple-strawberry mash-up gets extra kick from a sugary rim garnish.

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Classic Margarita

Classic Margaritas
Dana Gallagher

Triple Sec and lime give a margarita zest—and you can't beat this classic summer cocktail for helping you cool off.

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Mango Colada

Mango Colada
Maura McEvoy

Thank rum for this mango concoction's tropical punch.

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Lemongrass Paloma

Lemongrass Paloma
Greg Dupree

This fresh cocktail is the perfect blend of tequila, grapefruit juice and an easy-to-make lemongrass simple syrup.

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Mai Tai

Mai Tai
Antonis Achilleos

This classic tropical cocktail combines pineapple, lime, and maraschino cherry juice with rum and Curacao for a fun and festive drink. (Don't forget the pineapple and maraschino garnish!)

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White Sangria

White Sangria
Charles Maraia

Club soda adds fizz to white wine and a veritable fruit medley for a light, summery take on the standard sangria.

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Sparkling Passion Fruit Aperitifs

Sparkling Passion-Fruit Aperitifs
Minh&Wass

Bubbles dance on the tongue with this fruit-flavored sipper that requires just two ingredients—passion fruit nectar and sparkling wine.

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Cucumber Saketini

Cucumber Saketini
Francesco Lagnese

Cucumber meets sake in an invigorating, cool cocktail.

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Boozy Dole Whip

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Transport yourself to a tropical beach (or your favorite Disney park) with this fun pineapple-and-coconut frozen concoction.

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Berry-Vodka Spritzers

Berry Vodka Spritzers
Rob Howard

A vodka-and–club soda mix is chock-full of fresh fruit.

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Frosé

The Easiest-Ever Way to Make Frosé (Frozen Rosé) At Home
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Freeze your favorite rosé into ice cubes so you can blend together this easy cocktail recipe for your next happy hour.

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Gin, Grapefruit, and Thyme Cocktail

Gin, Grapefruit, and Thyme Cocktail
Levi Brown

Freshen up gin with an extra punch of herbs from your garden.

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Moscow Mule Slushy

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Turn this popular vodka-and-ginger-beer cocktail into a slushy to help you really keep your cool.

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Cherry Gin Rickey

Cherry Gin Rickey
Victor Protasio

Cherry and lime make the perfect sweet-tart combination for this summery cocktail.

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