We certainly can’t complain (too much) about the weather this summer… We’ve seen plenty of sunshine and many of us here at Lazy Susan have been able to spend time at some of the fab local beaches close to our HQ with our families on evenings and weekends.
This past week, temperatures have been consistently high at 26°C with very little in the way of a breeze, so the conversation in the office has been centred around how we can best keep cool and hydrated.
Trust us, there’s no better way to celebrate the great British summertime than by spending time outside (or in a busy office) sipping tasty and refreshing homemade summer drinks.
Lazy Susan’s top 5 homemade summer drinks
These alcohol-free summer drinks recipes have been mixed up, shared and tested in our office, so we thought we’d share our Top 5 favourites with you too.
1. Iced Coffee
Many of us here at Lazy Susan NEED our coffee in the morning, especially during our busy summer season.
However, as the temperature climbs, a hot drink is the last thing we want, so an iced coffee or cold brew is the perfect solution.
Our go-to iced coffee recipe is from the wonderful team over at Delish.
It is simple to make and guaranteed to give you a cool refreshing caffeinated kick.
We like to add a drop of vanilla syrup to sweeten things up but if you’re looking for something new and different, then Kitchen Treaty has 10 fantastic ways you can upgrade your iced coffee.
This is a new drink for many of us here at Lazy Susan and it was introduced to us by one of the team.
In India, they know a thing or two about keeping cool in extreme heat and Jal-Jeera is a popular summer drink there.
In Hindi "Jal" means water and "Jeera" means cumin, so the beverage is basically a refreshing lemonade-style drink with a cumin and mint spice mix.
The recipe we followed is from Whisk Affair (pictured above) and it uses a wonderful mix of cilantro, mint, and spices.
You can follow the recipe in the video below and, trust Lazy Susan, it definitely makes for a super refreshing and healthy drink that’s great for cooling down on a summer's day.
3. Cucumber, Lime & Elderflower Cooler
If you’re looking for something a little lighter but equally refreshing, then the Cucumber, Lime & Elderflower Cooler from Tesco (pictured above) is a firm favourite here at Lazy Susan HQ.
This mint-infused cucumber juice is topped up with fragrant elderflower cordial, punchy lime and soda water, making it perfect over ice on a hot summer's day.
The recipe serves 4 but we double up a batch in a big jug, finish it off with the strips of cucumber and fresh mint sprigs, and the team just help themselves to a glass or two through the day.
4. Peach Iced Tea
Peach Iced Tea is one of those drinks where it is easy to buy in a bottle and, whilst it tastes OK, nothing compares to homemade... It just tastes so much more refreshing!
The key is a good black tea and our go-to is Whittard’s Loose English Breakfast Tea as it is smooth with a nice malty richness.
In terms of recipes, there are loads of great ones, but our preference has to be the Minimalist Baker’s Perfect Peach Iced Tea.
It is sweet but not too sickly sweet, super peachy, refreshing and is perfect for hot summer days when we fire up the office BBQ and Pizza Oven.
5. Ginger & Peach Soda
We love peach here at Lazy Susan, as you’ll gather from this list, however, the ginger gives it a real kick and makes for a very different, but equally refreshing, summer drink.
It definitely takes the longest to prep but it is definitely worth that little extra effort!
More summer drinks ideas
If you're looking for a little more inspiration, the following videos are definitely worth a watch:
First up we have Pick Up Limes, whose Peach & Thyme Iced Tea and Melon & Cucumber Soda will definitely be added to our to-try list.
Green Healthy Cooking also have some fab summer drinks recipes that are refreshing, flavorful, and the perfect way to cool down on a hot day.
And last up to get the Lazy Living seal of approval is Twin Coast with her 5 summer Starbucks-style drinks you can make at home.
If you mix up any of the recipes in this article, pop them on your Lazy Susan Garden Table, take a photo and send it to us for our Do Some Good charity campaign.