Summer drinks: Our favorite flavored refreshers


The sun is out and it’s heating up. Cool down with some refreshing cold summer drinks! For those 21 and older, try the Peach Sangria or the Spitball. Either way you choose to make it, with or without alcohol, feel free to customize these drinks with the flavors you enjoy.

Jello Milkshake

For a simple and fast cool down, try this delicious flavor of childhood.


– 4 cups milk

– 1 package (3 oz.) Jello gelatin (your choice of flavor)

– ½ cup icecream

To Make:

Combine milk, Jello gelatin, and ice cream and blend in a blender until smooth. Or soften ice cream and shake vigorously in a sealed pitcher until smooth. Yields four servings.

Peach Sangria (Alcoholic)


– 2 cups White Zinfandel

– 12 fl oz Peach Nectar (found in the international foods aisle at Meijer)

– 1 cup Lemon-Lime Soda

– Your choice of fruit (peaches, oranges, limes, grapes, etc.)

– 3 oz Half and Half

To Make:

Mix the White Zinfandel, peach nectar, and lemon-lime soda. Add fruit and ice. Garnish the rims of the glasses with fruit. Serve chilled over ice. Yields 4 servings. For an extra kick, add a little Peach Schnapps. For a different flavor, try different kinds of nectar (mango, pineapple, apricot, etc.) or different wine.

Spitball (Alcoholic)

While the name may put you off, this spitball is a tasty sour drink. Vary the flavor with different flavored vodkas, or switch it up with whiskey or rum.


– Apple flavored vodka

– Sweet and Sour

– Lime Slices

– Your choice of fruit (peaches, oranges, limes, grapes, etc.)

– 3 oz Half and Half

To Make:

Combine vodka and sweet and sour in blender. Blend for a few seconds. This will make the drink foam. Serve over ice and garnish glasses with lime slices. Yields 3-4 servings.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie


– 8 -10 sliced strawberries

– 1 sliced banana

– 1 cup of yogurt (your choice of flavor)

– Your choice of fruit juice (apple and orange work well)

– Ice

To Make:

In a blender, combine strawberries, banana, and yogurt. Add a small amount of juice (about ¼ cup) and a few ice cubes. Blend until smooth. Add more ice to make it thicker, or add more juice to thin it out. Yields 2-3 servings. (Hint: A day ahead of time, peel and slice bananas and freeze. Frozen bananas will make the smoothie thicker so you don’t have to use as much ice.) For a different flavor, experiment with other fruits.