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Refreshing summer drinks - try a refreshing & tasty melon drink served in a trendy Ripple long drink glass from Ferm Living.

9 refreshing summer drinks that you need to try

Whether you are celebrating something special or are simply looking for a tasty cocktail to accompany your summer dinner we have seven refreshing summer drink recipes for you to try. From a classic Sangria with a twist to fresh new recipe ideas with ginger and grapefruit – we have the summers tastiest recipes.
Updated: Thursday 2 May 2024
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Make a lemonade this summer, here in tall glasses from Georg Jensen.

How about a lemonade in the summer sun?


Few things are as delicious as a cold, slightly tart lemonade on a hot summer's day. This classic recipe never goes out of fashion and is also great as a base for different flavours, depending on what you like best. 


1 dl granulated sugar

1 litre of water

2.5 dl lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

Lemon slices for garnish


This is how it's made:

  1. Bring the sugar and water to the boil until the sugar has dissolved. Leave the mixture to cool.
  2. Squeeze the juice from the lemons and strain it into the sugar mixture to avoid pips.
  3. Leave the lemonade to cool for a few hours before serving.

2. Bubbly melon drink

Make a fresh bubbly watermelon drink for the warm summer days. It is both refreshing and really tasty. Firstly, mix freshly pressed watermelon and lime juice. Then fill up the glass with prosecco or sparkling water. Decorate the drink with thyme and a piece of Cantaloupe melon to garnish.


  • Freshly pressed watermelon juice
  • Prosecco or sparkling water
  • Freshly pressed lime juice
  • Thyme and Cantaloupe melon to garnish
Summer drinks - Prosecco with elderflower and mint served in the Karlevi champagne flute from Scandi Living

A summer must - Prosecco with elderflower juice, garnished with mint!

For something refreshing this summer try prosecco with elderflower served in a fluted champagne glass.

Serve your drink in a flute glass to increase the flow of bubbles - the Karlevi champagne glass from Scandi Living is just perfect.

3. Prosecco with elderflower 

When the elderflower is blooming then you know that summer has arrived. Making elderflower cordial is a favourite Swedish past time, try a new take on this summer classic this year with a splash of Prosecco. For optimal taste, we suggest you serve this drink in a flute glass such as Karlevi from Scandi Living. Fluted glasses increase the flow of bubbles in the drink and enhance the taste and aroma experience – in other words, perfect for your refreshing summer drinks!


  • Prosecco 
  • Diluted elderflower cordial 
  • Mint to garnish 

4. Gin & tonic - A classic amongst refreshing summer drinks 

There are many that think a classic Gin & Tonic is too bitter for their taste but a simple substitution can change all that. The secret to this G&T is Schwepps with a hint of lemon. With a couple of slices of lime and plenty of ice served in stylish glasses, could this be the ultimate summer drink? 


  • Gin 
  • Schweppes Lemon 
  • Lime 
  • Ice 
  • Mint

5. Refreshing raspberry with lime

Enhance your summer feelings by treating your guests with to this refreshing raspberry drink with lime and lemon balm. It is quick to make and is the perfect welcoming drink for any festive summer occasion.


  • Gin
  • Raspberry cordial
  • Prosecco or sparkling lemonade
  • Freshly pressed lime
  • Lemon balm and fresh raspberries to garnish

6. Strawberry and lemon punch

Why not treat yourself to a simple punch? It's perfect for making quickly for lots of guests and is also the perfect welcome drink for summer celebrations.


  • Strawberry juice
  • Flavoured sparkling water
  • Lemon slices
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Mint <br>

Summer drinks - a refreshing take on sangria - strawberries topped with mint and served in a carafe.

Another favorite among refreshing summer drinks - the Spanish classic Sangria. Here a non-alcoholic variety with summery strawberries in Muuto carafe.

7. A simple strawberry sangria 

Another favourite among refreshing summer drinks that you must try is of course the Spanish
favourite – Sangria! Sangria is a cocktail of sorts usually made by mixing red wine with fruit juice and sliced fruits but for an updated twist on this classic we have made ours with rosé and soda. Add some lime juice, simple syrup and fresh strawberries, and you have a delicious and refreshing summer drink best served over ice in a carafe.


  • Rose 
  • Lime juice 
  • Strawberries 
  • Simple syrup
  • Soda 
  • Mint 
  • Ice

8. Grapefruit bubble 

This refreshing summer drink is equally good with or without alcohol. Freshly pressed grapefruit makes up the base and then it is up to you whether you compliment this with sparkling mineral water or your favourite alcoholic bubbly. Serve in your favourite wine glass and garnish with a sprig of lavender for the ultimate summer presentation.


  • 1 Freshly pressed grapefruit & 1 slice for garnishing 
  • Prosecco or mineral water 
  • Ice 
  • Lavender to garnish

9. Ginger & mint – a refreshing sweet and sour combination

There is something especially refreshing about a summer drink made with ginger and
served on a warm summer’s day, it just feels so right. Press the juice out of a couple of fresh limes, mix with simple syrup, slices of fresh ginger, mint and sparkling mineral water. Serve the drink over crushed ice for the perfect refreshing and non-alcoholic summer drink!


  • Sliced ginger 
  • Sparkling mineral water 
  • Freshly pressed lime juice & slices for garnishing 
  • Simple syrup 
  • Mint 
  • Crushed ice  

Trying a new drink is definitely a satisfying and tasty part of the summer. If you would like more tips on things to do this summer, you will find them in our summer bucket list where we have collected 21 fun and exciting tips!

Glasses from the Karlevi series from Scandi Living on the Foldable Tray Table from Fritz Hansen

Choose the right glass for the right drink - with the Karlevi series from you can serve your summer drinks in a beautiful glass

Karlevi drinking glass 4-pack
33 cl
Arijana Rosso

For your summer drinks

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