Lemonade comes into its own when the mercury rises and afternoons turn sweltering. The simple combination of citrus juice, sugar, and water never fails to refresh, but it sometimes needs a boost to keep it interesting. Here are 7 booze-free variations on the lemonade theme.
1. Strawberry-Basil Lemonade
This soft drink manages to be sophisticated without booze. Fresh strawberries and basil give an otherwise ordinary lemonade a very complex personality. Add plenty of ice to keep it cold! Get our Strawberry-Basil Lemonade recipe.
2. Real Pink Lemonade
When did pink lemonade become regular lemonade dyed pink with some kind of natural or artificial red coloring? Our all-natural recipe adds a raspberry-infused simple syrup to freshly squeezed lemonade, for a rosy hue that doesn’t overpower the lemon flavor. Get our Real Pink Lemonade recipe.
3. Blackberry Lemonade
Amber Wilson’s recipe is pretty much as simple as it sounds: a fresh lemon-juice lemonade, married to puréed and strained fresh blackberries—a perfect, and perfectly beautiful, summer cooler. Get Amber Wilson’s Blackberry Lemonade recipe.
4. Red Berry Hibiscus Lemonade
Hibiscus teabags prevent a kind of grounding for this lemonade that also features fresh strawberries and raspberries—think of it as the ultimate super-summery red cooler. Get Betty Crocker’s Red Berry Hibiscus Lemonade recipe.
5. Coconut-Lime Lemonade
Homemade lemonade, a spoonful of coconut cream, and a refreshing slice of lime are all you need to make this fragrant, evocative cooler. Add a tropical-colored straw to complete the beach fantasy. Get Ramshackle Glam’s Coconut-Lime Lemonade recipe.
6. Watermelon Lemonade
Pull out the blender, cube up some fresh watermelon and the ingredients for old-fashioned lemonade, and—after a little blending and straining—you’ll end up with a lovely, fragrant drink for your next garden party or backyard barbecue. Get Fearless Homemaker’s Watermelon Lemonade recipe.
7. Indian Lemonade (Shikanji)
Mint, toasted cumin, and flavorful black salt turn this Indian lemonade into something approaching savory. Serve it on a sweltering afternoon to cool down, or as the refreshing accompaniment a simple Indian meal. Get Sailu’s Kitchen’s Indian Lemonade (Shikanji) recipe.