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Stay Cool By The Pool With These 4 Refreshing Poolside Drinks

It’s hard to decide which summer month is hottest in Louisiana, but August is usually in the running. When it’s this hot, there’s nothing better than a dip in the pool. Unless it’s a refreshing poolside drink, of course.

We’ve decided to combine the two best summer activities into one, with a list of recipes for some delicious poolside beverages. Read on to learn 4 simple recipes that will keep you cool by the pool!

Photo by A Classic Twist

Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade 

via DinnersDishesandDesserts.com

A simple summer twist on a classic recipe:

Serves: 6
Prep time: 10 mins
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 can Ocean Spray Sparkling Blueberry Pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
  • 3 cups seltzer water

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the water and the sugar to create a simple syrup. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes until it thickens slightly. Pour in a cup, and let it chill.
  2.  After the sugar has chilled, in a pitcher, combine the lemon juice, seltzer water, and the blueberry juice. Add in the simple syrup to taste. Serve over ice, with fresh blueberries to garnish.

Photo by SkinnyMs. via Pinterest

Piña Colada Smoothie (Non-Alcoholic)

Everyone can get in on SkinnyMs.‘s non-alcoholic version of a drink so good, pop songs have been made about it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lite coconut milk
  • 2 cups pineapple chunks
  • 2 tablespoons honey, optional
  • Enough ice to make it slushy

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, blend well, and serve.

Cucumber-Mint Water

Drinking plenty of water is a good idea in hot weather. Southern Living turns that bit of common sense into a stroke of brilliance by adding a few crisp, refreshing ingredients:

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices of cucumber
  • 4 slices of lime
  • 4 large sprigs of mint
  • 28 ounces of water

Directions:

  1. Combine the cucumber, lime, and mint in a 32-oz. Mason jar. Muddle until lightly crushed.
  2. Add the water; seal and shake for 30 seconds to combine.
  3. Serve over ice. The infusion will keep in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  4. Authors’ note: Use filtered tap water or bottled spring water for the freshest-tasting results. 

Photo by Lucas Allen via Pinterest

Rum & Tonic (An After-the-Pool Treat)

We’ll finish this list off with a simple cocktail recipe from Food & Wine that will help you settle into the warm summer evenings:

Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 5 ounces chilled tonic water
  • 2 dashes of lemon bitters
  • 1 lemon wheel, for garnish

Directions: 

  1. Fill a chilled highball glass with ice.
  2. Add rum, tonic water and lemon bitters and stir well.
  3. Garnish the drink with the lemon wheel.

Stay Cool by the Pool with 1st Lake!

Find the perfect poolside for you at one of our properties, and enjoy the rest of the summer with 1st Lake!