The Best Cold, Non-Boozy Drinks to Enjoy in the Summer

Cool off with a summer mocktail — that is, a delicious beverage that doesn't have any alcohol in it.  Whether you're at a barbecue or just hanging out on the front porch on a steamy summer night, sipping on an icy drink will cool you down. From Mexican drinks that are non-alcoholic to booze-free Indian sips, there's a chilled drink for everyone during the summer months.

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    Authentic Mexican Taqueria Agua Fresca
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    If you're looking for Mexican drinks that are non-alcoholic, try an agua fresca. Literally translated as "fresh water," agua fresca is popular in Mexico and is an alcohol-free blend of water and sugar with fruit, flowers, seeds, or cereals. The most commons flavors include hibiscus, tamarind, and horchata, but it can be made with ingredients ranging from mango and strawberry to chia and alfalfa. 

    Agua fresca shouldn't be confused with refrescos from Guatemala and Nicaragua. Though they are often referred to as frescos for short, these drinks are bottled soft drinks — though they are an option for a South-of-the-border non-alcoholic drink during the summer months, too. 

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    Horchata
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    Although horchata might be associated with Central American countries, the non-alcoholic beverage originated in North Africa, where it was made from sweetened tiger nuts. Muslims brought the sweet beverage to Spain around 1000 CE, and it eventually made its way to the Americas via sailing explorers. 

    Horchata de chufa is still made with tiger nuts, but the common version ins Mexico and Guatemala is  horchata de arroz, which is made with rice milk. As a non-dairy beverage, it's an option for those who suffer from lactose intolerance. 

    Horchata flavoring can be bought in syrup form, mixed with milk (dairy or nondairy), cinnamon, and vanilla, and served ice-cold for a refreshing beverage. 

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    Non-Alcoholic Fruity Sangria

    Non-Alcoholic Fruity Sangria
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    Originally from Spain, sangria traditionally contains alcohol in the form of red wine and brandy. However, it also typically has some sort of fruit juice, sparkling water or soda, and plenty of chopped fruit. Simply eliminate the alcohol for a flavorful Summer beverage. 

    When you're making sangria, it's best to include a lot of different types of fruit for the most colorful and flavorful beverage. Consider adding sliced citrus, including oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit, as well as all types of berries, apples, and melons. Pour fruit juice, such as apple, grape, and orange juices, over the fruit, and then add carbonated water for a little fizz. 

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    Pina Colada Cocktail
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    You don't have to skip out on the tropical beverages just because you're skipping the hooch. A traditional pina colada, the national drink of Puerto Rico, blends together coconut milk or cream, pineapple juice, and rum. A virgin smoothie, though, can shake up the pineapple juice, coconut milk, and ice to create a tropical vacation in a glass. 

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    Indian Lassi

    Sweet mango lassi
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    Yogurt-based beverage Lassi, an Indian beverage, can be sweet or savory, but it's always nice and cold. Savory versions, known as salted lassi, are usually flavored with cumin, while sweet lassi typically has sugar and fruit in it. 

    Mango is the most popular lassi flavor worldwide. Mango lassi, which is made with yogurt, milk, and mango pulp, can be made with or without added sugar, but it usually has ground pistachios on the top.