The Best Summer Drinks for Backyard Hangs, Pool Parties & Beach Days

Last Update: June 22, 2023

Hot days call for cool drinks, so we rounded up some of the best beverages to keep you hydrated and refreshed this summer.

Whether you’re seeking an iced-down alternative to your morning caffeine ritual, the perfect seasonal sip for cocktail hour, or a grab-and-go beverage to pack in your beach bag, read on for all the best summer drink recipes and ready-to-drink refreshments from Thrive Market.

Best Iced Coffee and Tea Drinks

For an AM pick-me-up that won’t compete with your air conditioner (because it’s working hard enough), try one of these inspired iced coffee, iced latte, or iced tea recipes.

Instant Iced Coffee Recipe

Iced coffeeDon’t knock instant coffee until you’ve tried ours in this 30-second recipe. Cardamom and vanilla take the flavor to the next level.

Iced Vanilla Collagen Matcha Latte Recipe

Bring a sense of ceremony to your morning ritual with our organic Japanese matcha. Collagen offers nourishing protein in this dairy-free latte.

Keto Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe

Keto Vietnamese Iced CoffeeEnergizing MCT oil and Switch sugar-free sweetener keep this treat-worthy iced coffee recipe totally keto friendly.

Affogato Granita Recipe

Espresso granitaHere’s a brilliant idea: serve this grown-up frozen coffee after dinner at your next outdoor gathering.

Best Summer Alcoholic Drinks

Thanks to wellness superfoods like turmeric and spirulina, you’ll feel good about pouring a second round of these easy summer mixed drinks and stretching happy hour just a little longer. (Looking for the perfect bottle to pair with your summer cookout menu? Click here.)

Kelis’ Red Sangria Recipe

Sangria is one of the most classic summer party drinks. Grab a bottle of clean wine from our sommelier-curated selection and brew a batch of musician/chef/cookbook author Kelis’ go-to red sangria.

Superfood Pina Colada Recipes

Post a pic of these tie-dye frozen cocktails before you take the first sip and watch the likes pour in.

Simple & Fresh Wellness Cocktail Recipes

Take cocktail hour to the spa with this trio of spicy cocktails. (Pro tip: make extra wellness tonic to sip on the morning after.)

Easy Rose Popsicle Recipe

Rose Wine Push PopsOK, so it’s not technically a cocktail, but these wine-spiked popsicles will bring out the kid in you and all your 21+ friends.

Goji Berry Froze Recipe

Give your summer water slushie an antioxidant twist with simple syrup made from organic goji berries.

Best Summer Drinks (Non Alcoholic)

Sip all day and feel fancy while you’re at it with these alcohol-free drinks that don’t skimp on creativity.

Cherry Bramble Mocktail Recipe

This sweet-tart sipper gets its vibrant hue from acerola berry powder, but you can sub in pitaya, camu camu, or acai to similar effect.

CBD Matcha Tonic

Organic matcha and full-spectrum hemp extract give blissful benefits to this uplifting tonic, which is extra refreshing thanks to notes of basil and cucumber.

Blueberry Mint Mocktail Recipe

Got a mint plant taking over your herb garden, as mint tends to do? Harvest a handful of leaves for this refreshing mocktail that’s enhanced with a skin-loving hyaluronic acid supplement.

Lavender Cucumber Spritz & Cherry Hibiscus Smash Recipes

These alcohol-free drinks put the “fun” in “functional” with wholesome ingredients like naturally flavored sparkling water and gut-friendly kombucha.

Sparkling Rose & Hemp Elixir

You can’t help but feel glamorous sipping this floral sparkler, enhanced with CBD for extra chill.

Strawberry Lemonade Granita & Cranberry Pomegranate “Sangria” Recipes

Collagen MocktailsNo post-party dull skin here—these fruity summer drinks offer a beauty boost thanks to collagen powder.

Ready-to-Drink Healthy Beverages at Thrive Market

Headed outdoors for a day under the sun? Fill your cooler bag with these grab-and-go healthy drinks and hydrate happily.

Aura Bora Sparkling Water

Instead of mysterious “natural flavors,” sparkling water brand Aura Bora uses real plant extracts to make its alluring flavor combinations, like cactus rose and peppermint watermelon.

Teatulia Cold Brew Iced Tea

Teatulia sources its organic green and black tea leaves from a regenerative farm in Bangladesh. Their smooth-tasting cold brew iced teas contain no added sweeteners.

Richard’s Rainwater

Keep your hydration routine simple with a more sustainable take on “bottled” water: not only does Richard’s Rainwater come in a lower-impact aluminum can, but the brand harvests water from rain clouds and promises none of the “forever chemicals” (also known as PFAS) commonly found in groundwater.

SkinTe Collagen Sparkling Tea

Drink your skincare with sparkling teas from a female- and BIPOC-founded brand. Formulated in partnership with a naturopathic doctor, these refreshing teas are boosted with medicinal herbs like hawthorn berry, nettle root, and horsetail, plus a dose of collagen peptides.

Thrive Market Organic Coconut Water

Coconut Spa WatersWe think our ultra-hydrating coconut water—ethically sourced from small farms in the Philippines—is pretty perfect as is, so we don’t add any sugar or preservatives. For a mineral-rich take on spa water, you can add your own combinations of fresh fruit and herbs.

Revive Kombucha

Love the fizz and belly benefits of kombucha? Revive Kombucha contains only 5g of sugar per can, less than half that of another popular brand.

Want more summer sipping inspiration?

Summer Wine Guide + Summer Wine Cocktail Recipes

Your Favorite Starbucks Summer Drinks—Made Healthier

The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Smoothies

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