Top 12 Most Refreshing Drinks

Written by Abigail Jolly
August 14, 2023 | Reading time 8 minutes

For a truly refreshing summer, look no further than these 12 delicious and refreshing summer drinks! Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue or just looking for a way to cool off on a hot day, there's definitely something here for everyone-- children and adults alike. Crack open some cold sparkling water, pour yourself an icy cocktail, whip up some creamy milkshakes - the possibilities are endless!

Most Refreshing Soda Recipes To Make From Home

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The choices can seem truly endless, however, we have found that sodas with homemade fruit syrup to be the most refreshing and easiest sodas to make. Making fruit syrup in batches allows for easy mixing and more time sipping.

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Top 12 Most Refreshing Summer Drinks You Can Make Right From Home 

The team at Soda Sense understands how bubbles are a non-negotiable, especially with the heat and sun rays beaming down, we all need that extra boost of hydration and refreshment. We have carefully crafted and personally enjoyed all 12 of our delicious summertime recipes-- broken down by morning, afternoon, and evening! You never know when the desire to bubble will call so don't skimp on these daily recipes!

Morning Summer Time Drinks:

#1. Sparkling Green Tea

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Green tea is a refreshing beverage that offers numerous health benefits. Packed with antioxidants, it reduces the risk of chronic diseases, boosts metabolism, improves brain function, and promotes healthy skin! This is a great beverage to start your day off with and is also a great substitute for coffee.

Made very simply by carbonating your freshly made green tea, you can also make a green tea concentrate to then be mixed with your sparkling water. If your machine is not compatible with a removable carbonating head, we do not recommend carbonating your tea in your soda machine as it could damage the machine if there are any remnants of residue.

Click here for the full Sparkling Green Tea recipe!

#2. Energizing Seltzer

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Revitalize your system with this cleansing energizing seltzer! This irresistible combination of ingredients works together to cleanse and energize your system making this beverage one of the best ways to start your day.

Made with a few common and simple ingredients, this seltzer can be enjoyed on the go or outside on the porch watching the morning sunrise. As this beverage is built in a glass, you can bubble using any soda machine as you'll simply top your drink off with lots of bubbly sparkling water.

Click here for the full Energizing Seltzer recipe!

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#3. Cold Brew Fizz

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Need a guaranteed morning pick-me-up? Try Cold Brew Fizz: smooth caffeine that boosts energy and soda water that reduces hunger. You can also mix things up by adding a dash of lime juice to brighten your coffee's flavor profile. Do not knock it before you try it-- it is a staple piece overseas!

Click here for the full Cold Brew Fizz recipe!

Afternoon Summer Time Drinks:

#4. Orange Soda

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One of our absolute favorite recipes, this refreshing Orange Soda is made from natural ingredients and is irresistibly delicious! The sweet flavor of real oranges paired with freshly squeezed lime juice will make this drink a household favorite. Enjoyed by adults and children alike!

Looking for an adult beverage to enjoy during an afternoon bbq? Try adding in 1.5 oz of vodka or prosecco! The mixers are endless with this delicious syrup, but we highly recommend it be consumed sparkling no matter what!

Click here for the full Orange Soda recipe!

#5. Ginger Beer

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With its spicy kick and numerous health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, our homemade Ginger Beer recipe is the perfect choice for a refreshing drink. Just combine freshly made homemade ginger syrup with sparkling water for an exotic and delicious drink.

This recipe is even easier to make if you have prepared your batch-made Ginger Beer syrup in advance. Add it to a glass of carbonated sparkling water and enjoy it immediately!

Click here for the full Ginger Beer recipe!

#6. Lemon Lime Soda

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Love how Sprite® tastes? Try our lemon-lime soda! Tangy citrus flavor, and bubbly effervescence—quench thirst, and satisfy cravings. Why buy unhealthy canned soda when you can make it right from home with healthy and safe ingredients? With just a few simple ingredients, you can create this classic soda recipe for yourself and your family.

For an adult twist on this traditional beverage, add in 1.5 oz of vodka or gin!

Click here for the full Lemon Lime Soda recipe!

#7. Cucumber Mint

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Refreshingly Healthy Cucumber Mint Soda: Made with fresh cucumber and mint, enjoy a hydrating drink that’s packed with antioxidants!

One of our easiest recipes to date, all that is required is a little time and a little love to make this delicious bubbly beverage that will have you feeling like you just stepped out of the spa. Plan ahead and allow your ingredients to infuse overnight for the best results.

Note: If your sparkling water machine does not have a removable carbonator head, we recommend double straining your infused water to ensure there is zero residue. If you try carbonating infused water that has residue, you may risk damaging your machine. Try adjusting the recipe to make a cucumber mint concentrate and add sparkling water later in your glass!

Click here for the full Cucumber Mint recipe!

#8. Grape Soda

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Packed with heart-healthy benefits from grapes and digestion-aiding lemon, as well as the heart benefits found in Xylo sweetener, this grape soda is a guilt-free alternative to traditional soda. Try it today and indulge in a delicious drink that your body will thank you for!

Click here for the full Grape Soda recipe!

#9. Blackberry Sage Soda

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You have to try this Blackberry Sage Soda! It’s a refreshing and healthy alternative packed with health benefits. Blackberries are a great source of antioxidants and fiber, while sage contains anti-inflammatory and cognitive-boosting properties.

Note: If your sparkling water machine does not have a removable carbonator head, we recommend double straining your infused water to ensure there is zero residue.

Click here for the full Blackberry Sage Soda recipe!

Evening Summer Time Drinks:

#10. Lemon Lime Rosemary Spritzer

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Calling all adults! Looking to unwind after a long day? Try our Lemon Lime Rosemary spritzer-- a delicious and refreshing drink that’s perfect for evening nightcaps on the porch swing.

Trying to consume less alcohol? Simply remove the gin and enjoy it as a mocktail variation!

Click here for the full Lemon Lime Rosemary Spritzer recipe!

#11. Grapefruit Paloma

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The Grapefruit Paloma is a well-known cocktail and for good reason: it's delicious! Fresh grapefruit in a glass with tequila and lime makes this beverage the perfect “night-in” drink. Not to mention it is also packed full of Vitamin C and antioxidants! Feel free to make this sparkling drink mocktail by removing the tequila.

Click here for the full Grapefruit Paloma recipe!

#12. Strawberry Mint Mojito Mocktail

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It wouldn't be summer without a classic mojito! This Strawberry Mint Mojito Mocktail is so refreshing, you'll want to back make it and serve it in a pitcher. Although classically made with white rum, you can leave out any alcohol as this drink tastes just as good as the original mojito mix.

Click here for the full Strawberry Minto Mojito Mocktail recipe!

What Are The Health Benefits of Homemade Drinks?

When it comes to enjoying delicious and refreshing summer drinks, homemade options not only satisfy your taste buds but also offer a range of health benefits. By crafting your own sparkling beverages, you have control over the ingredients, ensuring that you're consuming natural and wholesome elements. Let's explore some of the health benefits that these homemade sparkling summer drinks can provide:

  1. Nutrient-Rich Ingredients: Many of the ingredients used in homemade sparkling drinks are rich in essential nutrients. For instance, recipes like the Sparkling Green Tea and Strawberry Mint Mojito Mocktail incorporate ingredients such as green tea, strawberries, and mint. These ingredients are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that contribute to overall well-being and immune support.
  2. Hydration: Staying hydrated during the hot summer months is crucial, and what better way to do so than with a homemade sparkling beverage? Drinks like the Energizing Seltzer and Blackberry Sage Soda mentioned above not only quench your thirst but also provide a flavorful and exciting alternative to plain water. The added carbonation can make hydration more enjoyable and has its own added health benefits-- encouraging you to drink more fluids throughout the day.
  3. Digestive Benefits: Some of the ingredients used in these homemade drinks offer digestive benefits. For instance, the Ginger Beer and Cucumber Mint Soda recipes include ginger and mint, which have been traditionally used to ease digestion and alleviate stomach discomfort. Incorporating these beverages in your regular diet can aid in a healthy digestive tract and a happy stomach!
  4. Low Sugar Content: By creating your own fruit syrups and mixers, you have the power to control the sugar content of your drinks. Unlike many store-bought sodas that are laden with high amounts of added sugars, these homemade recipes allow you to use natural sweeteners or reduce sugar altogether. This is especially important for those looking to manage their sugar intake and maintain a balanced diet.

What is the Best Sparkling Water To Use In Mixed Beverages?

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We highly recommend using homemade sparkling water. Making sparkling water from home is the best option for those looking to enjoy a refreshing beverage without sacrificing health or taste. Homemade sparkling water offers superior control over ingredients compared to store-bought varieties, allowing you to craft a beverage that fits your needs and tastes perfectly. Additionally, when opting to make your own sparkling water, you can ensure that it is free of unwanted preservatives and artificial ingredients.

To make sparkling water from home, all you need is a soda machine (any kind works perfectly!) and a full CO2 canister. Once your CO2 canister is out, you can easily refill and exchange using the Soda Sense Refill Club. Ship and receive CO2 canisters from your doorstep with no forced return windows or shipping fees.

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