Iced Tea, Lemonade, and Milkshakes: 15 Icy Cold Drinks

updated May 25, 2023
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It’s a long weekend! Ready to hit the back porch? Is it still hot out? Here are 15 icy-cold drinks to beat the heat. We left all the cocktails off the list; these are kid-friendly and just fine for sipping at 10am. There’s a green tea milkshake, and another one made of strawberries and ice cream. There are fruity aguas frescas, and Thai iced tea. There are spritzers, smoothies, and a shakerato! Read on for lots and lots of chilly summer goodness.

Personally, I am wildly craving a watermelon agua fresca — maybe one topped off with a splash of soda water? I really can’t get enough fizzy water in the summertime. The smoothies are calling to me too, though — something fruity, something sweet?

Icy Cold Drinks

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How To Make Strawberry Lemonade
This refreshing pitcher drink, made with juicy strawberries and freshly squeezed lemon juice, is great for lemonade stands and family cookouts alike.
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How To Make Lemonade from Scratch
Ditch the simple syrup for the easiest homemade lemonade ever.
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Watermelon Basil Agua Fresca

Watermelon and basil served together in a glass of lime and sugar over ice in the middle of summer is nothing short of perfection.

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Honeydew-Basil Agua Fresca

Simply throw your fruit of choice in a blender with some water, sweeten to taste and serve.

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Orange and Elderflower Spritzer

This drink mixes orange juice with sparkling mineral water and elderflower syrup for a floral, sweet, and tangy flavor.

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Matcha Shake

Blend matcha powder with milk, sugar, and ice for a shake that gives you a frothy, green jolt.

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Mango Yogurt Smoothie

This super-quick, super-easy smoothie is icy cold, and not too sweet, but very refreshing. All that yogurt is cool and tangy, and a good ripe mango provides all the sweetness you need.

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How To Make a Perfect Strawberry Milkshake
Creamy, thick, pale pink, just strawberry-strawberry-strawberry — all as it should be. Here's how to make your own.
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Frozen Banana, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Milkshake

This thick, creamy, chip-studded shake is lighter than our usual milkshake indulgences.

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Strawberry Lassi

This light and refreshing strawberry lassi provides some relief on hot days.

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How To Make Sweet Tea
It's not summer until there's a pitcher of sweet tea in the fridge. Here's how to make a batch everyone will enjoy.
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How To Make Iced Coffee - French Press Method

This cold brew French press recipe makes the best iced coffee.

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Caffè Shakerato con Gelato

For a summertime treat that’s a snap – or a shake – to create, consider the shakerato. This gelato-infused version makes a quick yet elegant after-dinner coffee and dessert rolled into one.

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How To Make Thai Iced Tea
I used to reserve this drink for a treat when eating at Thai restaurants, but recently discovered that making your own Thai iced tea is surprisingly easy.
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How To Make Boba & Bubble Tea

Bubble tea is the most thirst-quenching snack I can think of, and fortunately, it's super easy to make at home.

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What’s your favorite cold and icy, or chilly and creamy, summer drink? What’s keeping you cool?

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