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▲︎ Cool Drink Recipes


Cool Drink Recipes

The everyday experts in the ThriftyFun community share their favorite recipes for cold beverages.

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Pineapple Mint Vitamin Water

The sweetest of the bunch! You can use canned pineapple, but I prefer fresh cut up pineapple.

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Cucumber Thyme Vitamin Water

If you are looking for a vitamin water that is less fruity give this one a try!

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Apple, Cinnamon, and Clove Vitamin Water

This vitamin water tastes best after sitting for a day, unless you really mash up the apples. Otherwise it has a very delicate taste.

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Homemade Vitamin Water Recipes
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Citrus Cinnamon Vitamin Water

Toss out those crappy chemical and sugar riddled vitamin waters and sports drinks! None of them are good for you. Instead try making your own.

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Refreshing Spearmint Water

Several years ago, I was at a spa. Upon arrival, I was served an ice-cold glass of water. The water tasted different and I asked the attendant what was in it.

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Tall Blonde Drink Recipes
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Sweet Tea Recipes
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Beetroot Lemonade
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Fruit Juice Spritzer Recipes
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Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri Recipes
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Bloody Mary Mix Recipes
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Cheesecake Milkshake

This is a recipe for a milkshake made out of a slice of cheesecake.

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Flavored Water Recipes
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Making Egg Nog

I am looking to make my own egg nog or flavor fat free milk to taste like egg nog.

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Homemade Granita Recipes

This page contains homemade granita recipes. Many delicious blended iced drinks can be made at home.

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Orange Julius Recipes
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Ice Cream Float Recipes
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Coffee Ice Cream Float

Any instant coffee or vanilla ice cream will do, but I highly suggest French roast flavored instant coffee and Haagen-Dazs brand vanilla ice cream ;-)

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Strawberry Limeade

This is great for when you have guests or are just wanting a drink. It tastes great.

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Brazilian Lemonade

Okay, this is called lemonade but limes are used instead? That's because true Brazilian lemons taste like limes. And, yes, creamy sweet milk makes this drink taste awesome!

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Frappuccino Recipes
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Caramel Frappuccino

Someone was just asking for a Caramel Frappucino recipe so thought should share with everyone. Here's the recipe I've used for quite awhile.

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Lemon Mint Crusher
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Make Your Own Sparkling Apple Cider
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Darby's Delight

I don't know where this recipe gets it's name from, but it is truly a delight! The fruit in this is outstanding!

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Homemade Gatorade

Since it is flu season, here is a recipe for Gatorade. Great to drink when you cannot keep anything else down.

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Cherry Limeade

I know it sounds crazy to buy two jars of maraschino cherries just for the juice but you can garnish this beverage with some of those cherries and use the rest to make cherry cobbler, make cherry cookies, use in fruit salads, or dehydrate for snacks.

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Orange Frosty

A yummy, fruity summer drink.

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Low Calorie Lemonade

Super refreshing!

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Strawberry Limeade

In a blender, combine strawberries, water, lime juice, and sugar, blending until sugar dissolves. Serve over ice.

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Melon Cooler

Puree all ingredients in food processor or blender. Chill.

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Cranberry Whip

Combine all ingredients in a blender food processor. Cover and process until well combined. Pour into glasses and serve.

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Fruity Summer Cooler

Mix honey, limeade concentrate, and poppy seed in medium bowl. Carefully toss fruit with honey mixture. Sprinkle with almonds.

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Designated Driver

Mix in a blender until smooth. Serve in a hurricane glass with an orange slice and a strawberry.

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Purple Cow

Great for parties! Combine the first three ingredients with 1 scoop of ice cream together in a blender. Blend until smooth, pour into glasses and add a scoop of ice cream on top.

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Citrus Collins Mocktail

Fill a 10-12 oz. glass with ice. Add first three ingredients then fill with club soda. Garnish with 1/2 orange slice and a cherry.

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Holly Berry Beverage (Non-Alcoholic)

In a blender, blend raspberries and cranberry juice. Set aside. This will be the red layer.

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Sugar-Free Iced Chai Lattes

Our family decided to cut out soda and fruit juices because of the high sugar, calories, and cost. But milk and water were getting a little boring, so I started experimenting with iced teas.

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Strawberry Banana Orange Julius

Combine all ingredients except ice cubes in blender. Blend for about 1-2 minutes, adding ice cubes one at a time.

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Grandmother's Lemonade

Wash lemons and oranges and slice into rounds. Put in large pan (big enough to hold 2 plus gallons). Add 2 cups of sugar sprinkling over tops of fruit. Add enough hot water to just cover the top and mash with a potato masher.

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Arnold Palmer

Easy thirst quencher invented by golfer, Arnold Palmer. This is how we make a batch to keep in fridge. We love it.

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Limeade Cooler

I love the Limeade drinks from Sonic Drive-In and was glad to find this recipe.

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Aunt Frances' Lemonade

It is different and would be very refreshing on a hot day in a tall glass filled with ice, or even frozen until slushy to eat with a spoon!

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Classic Lemonade

Just in time for the 4th of July and all other summer celebrations for that matter. Nothing is better than homemade!

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Orange Float

Remember those simple yummy Root Beer Floats? Well, I haven't had one in decades and was craving one but didn't have any root beer on hand. I do keep orange soda, which I love, and vanilla ice cream on hand!

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Apple Spice Spritzer

Combine apple juice concentrate, fruit and spices in saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes; strain juice into pitcher. Chill in refrigerator.

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Non-Alcoholic Strawberry Daiquiri

Blend strawberries and lemonade together in blender. Add ice and 7-Up as desired.

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Fruit Tea

Bring sugar and water to boil. Add tea and fruit juices. Strain and add vanilla and almond.

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Eggless Eggnog (Sugar and Fat Free)

A great delicious recipe for those who love eggnog but need to watch their fat and sugar content. Combine all dry ingredients and mix well until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Add milk and vanilla mix with mixer until smooth and creamy.

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Making Sparkling Water

How do you make your own sparkling water?

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Bubba's Lemonade 101

Pour lemon and lime juice into a pitcher, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add ice cubes and water and stir. Serve in tumblers.

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Sugar Free Tangy Drink

I love tangy drinks and am diabetic so I made up my own sugar free version of an "Arnold Palmer":

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Easy Lemon Iced Tea

Very easy and low calorie. Put the 2 bags of tea in a pitcher and fill to the top with cold water. Let sit in fridge for at least 1/2 hour (I have left it overnight and still good)

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Aguas Frescas

Refreshing and healthful fresh fruit drinks for summer from Mexico. Combine all ingredients in a blender and whirl 'til smooth. Pour into tall glasses and serve. (If making in advance, skip ice cubes.

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Refreshing Citrus Slush

Combine pineapple and orange juice concentrate. Add frozen lemonade and bananas. Stir well and freeze overnight. Stir again, as banana slices will have floated to the top.

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Healthy Orange Julius

Mix together equal parts orange juice and milk in an empty 16 oz water bottle. Then add a tiny capful of real vanilla and replace the cap and shake.

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Banana Pineapple Freeze

In a saucepan, over medium heat, bring sugar and water to a boil. Let cool and pour into a freezer container. Add all the juices, juice concentrate and bananas.

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Making Your Own Soda

There's an article about saving money on 'soda pop' also about making your own 'coke'. I couldn't find the 'how to's'. Please tell me how? Thank you.

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Strawberry Milkshakes

Pulse all of the ingredients in a blender until the ice cream begins to break down, about 5 pulses, then blend on high until completely smooth.

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Frozen Watermelon Smoothies or Daiquiris

We travel to the Bahamas several times a year and due to customs laws we are not allowed to bring in any fresh fruits or vegetables. However, I found that if I freeze them first, it was allowed, which is how I came up with this idea.

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Non-Fat Coffee Cola Float

In a large glass (30 oz. if possible), put in about crushed ice and coffee. Fill the remainder of the cup with your favorite cola and stir well. You need the tall glass because it will really foam up!

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Lemonade Mix

Cook sugar and water over low heat. Boil 5 minutes. Pour over mint leaves and orange peel. Let cool. Add juices. Cover and let stand 1 hour.

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Berry Patch Freeze

Mix all ingredients in order and freeze.

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Cranberry Citrus Quencher

This is a quick beverage to make it a friend comes over or for a small party.

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Mock Mint Julep

In a bowl, combine the water, sugar, lemon juice and mint; stir well. Let stand for at least 45 minutes. Strain and discard mint. Place ice cubes in two 2 qt. pitchers; add half of the lemon mixture and ginger ale to each.

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Easy Egg Nog

In large bowl, combine milk, egg substitute, sugar and extracts; stir until sugar is dissolved. Cover; refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Fruity Frosties

Place ice cream or yogurt into a blender container. Add the fruit juice, put the lid on the container, and mix until smooth and creamy.

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Orange Eggnog Float

Beat eggs and sugar together until light and lemon colored. Stir in water, orange concentrate, and lemon juice. Place scoops of ice cream in punch bowl; pour juice mixture over ice cream.

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French Vanilla Cinnamon Bun Frappe

Place all ingredients in blender on high for 45 seconds.

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Icy Fruit Slushies

Recipe for Icy Fruit Slushies. Place ice cubes in ziploc baggy. With meat mallet or rolling pin. Crush ice cubes. Place in blender. . .

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Sorbet Cocktail

Recipe for Sorbet Cocktail. Hull strawberries and place in blender. Break bananas into chunks and place in blender. . .

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Dreamsicle Drink Mix

Recipe for Dreamsicle Drink Mix. Mix all ingredients well. To use, mix 3 Tbsp. mix to 1 cup boiling water; top with marshmallows. To serve cold, place a scoop of vanilla ice cream. . .

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Pineapple-Banana Cooler

Recipe for Pineapple-Banana Cooler. Cut bananas into small chunks. Wrap in aluminum foil and freeze 2 hours. . .

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Peaches-N-Cream Cooler

Recipe for Peaches-N-Cream Cooler. Place all ingredients in blender. Cover and blend until smooth. . .

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Easy Strawberry Lemonade

Use good old dry powder mix for your lemonade - I prefer Country Time, but any will do. Then, go over to the alcoholic mixers, but you won't be going to get drunk. . .

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Good Morning Orange Splash

Good Morning Orange Splash recipe... Combine first 5 ingredients in blender. Process at high speed add ice cubes...

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Frosty Orange Cooler

Frosty Orange Cooler recipe. Pour about 1/2 cup Orange juice into each of 4 tall glasses add scoop orange sherbet...

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Boston Iced Tea

Boston Iced Tea recipe. Heat water to boiling. Add sugar. Stir until dissolved. Add tea bags and let steep 4-5 minutes. Remove tea bags add juice concentrate...

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Non Alcoholic Strawberry Margarita

Non Alcoholic Strawberry Margarita recipe. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until well mixed and thick...

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Coral Coolers

If you are looking for a punch to serve at your party, this one is sure to be enjoyed.

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Watermelon-Lemonade Cooler

Watermelon-Lemonade Cooler recipe. Process watermelon in batches in blender until smooth. Combine lemonade and mint sprigs and cook in a saucepan over medium heat for 10 minutes.

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Cool-N-Creamy Coffee Freeze

Pour 1 cup milk into large measuring cup. Add enough ice to measure 3 cups. Pour into blender. . .

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Cheap Summer Drinks for Kids

Ideas for inexpensive beverages you can give your kids. Post your ideas.

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Peppermint Punch

Pour the soda into a small glass and stir in food coloring. Top with the frozen yogurt and sprinkle the candy on top upon serving.

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Tree Lime Float

Top a glass of ginger ale/lime soda with a scoop of lime sherbert.

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Mint Iced Tea

Steep tea bags in boiling water for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and cool. Pour tea into pitcher add cranberry juice and lemonade concentrate. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

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Yellow Birds

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until frothy. Stir well. Serve over ice.

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Fresh Strawberry Cooler

This is a yummy summer drink treat! The kids will love it!

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Homemade Citrus Sports Drink

This is an easy to make alternative to some of the name brand sports drinks. If you are exercising for more than 30 minutes you may benefit from a fluid-replacement sports drink.

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