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5 Refreshing Drinks for Summer


Summer is finally here. The wind carries the sweet scent of freshly cut grass, the birds are chirping and the sun is bronzing the white pasty sticks you call legs after a long and brutal New Hampshire winter. As you recline in your freshly painted Adirondack chair and behold the majestic White Mountains you may forget about your vitamin D deficiencies with a cool refreshing drink.

For folks staying at the Stonehurst Manor, we’re lucky. We have a master mixologist, online rockstar whipping up tasty libations like the Asian Pear Mojito with flare and panache. You may not be so lucky. You may be standing in your backyard with a stained “Company picnic 2003” T-Shirt and faded Croc’s trying to decide whether you should scrub the deep end of the pool or relax with your feet in the blue plastic kid puddle.

If this is you, have no fear. We want you to be happy and we want you refreshed. To that end we’ve scoured the Internet to find some awesomely refreshing drinks you can make yourself without too much trouble, of course you can only have one after you scrub the pool.

Passion Fruit-Pineapple Punch
  • 1 cup passion fruit juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • Lemon or lime seltzer to taste

COMBINE passion fruit juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, and coconut milk in a small pitcher. Pour into 4 ice-filled glasses and top with lemon or lime seltzer. Serves 4.

NUTRITION (per serving) 100 cal, 1 g pro, 18 g carb, 0 g fiber, 3 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 10 mg sodium
Recipe courtesy of Colleen Mullaney, author ofThe Stylish Girl’s Guide to Fabulous Cocktails

Iced Ginger Tea

  • 4 ounces iced tea
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 ounces ginger ale

COMBINE iced tea, lime juice, and ginger ale. Serve in a tall glass on the rocks. Optional: Add candied ginger as a garnish. Serves 1.

NUTRITION (per serving) 45 cal, 0 g pro, 12 g carb, 0 g fiber, 0 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 10 mg sodium
Recipe courtesy of Paul Folkestad, chef at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary arts in Portland, OR.


  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp agave nectar

COMBINE all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Serves 1.

NUTRITION (per serving) 103 cal, 0 g pro, 10 g carb, 0 g fiber, 0 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 1 mg sodium
More from Prevention: 10 Healthy Cocktails

Watermelon Water

  • 4 cups of watermelon chunks
  • 6 to 8 large basil leaves
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 quart chilled water

COMBINE Watermelon and basil leaves in a colander over a large bowl. Using a metal ladle or spoon, press the watermelon to extract as much juice as possible. (Or puree just the melon in a food processor.) Season the juice with the salt and vinegar, and strain into a pitcher. Stir in a quart of chilled water. Serves 6.

NUTRITION (per serving) 30 cal, 1 g pro, 8 g carb, 0 g fiber, 0 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 40 mg sodium
Recipe courtesy of Brian Preston Campbell, author of Cool Waters

Strawberry Shag

  • 1 pint sliced berries
  • 2 basil leaves
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 4 ounces soda water

MIX 1 pint sliced berries with 1½ cups powdered sugar; let stand 15 minutes. In a shaker, mash basil and sugared strawberries. Fill the shaker with ice and add vodka and lemon juice. Shake, pour into a large glass, top with soda water, and stir. Serves 4.

NUTRITION (per serving) 240 cal, 1 g pro, 55 g carb, 2 g fiber, 0 g fat, 00 g sat fat, 0 mg sodium
Recipe courtesy of Kathy Casey, chef, entertaining expert, and author of Sips & Apps

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