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Summer is a time for fun in the sun, barbeques with friends, and cooling off with refreshing drinks. But with so many options, from classic lemonade to fancy cocktails, what is the best summer drink?

The truth is, there’s no single answer. The perfect summer drink depends on your taste, the occasion, and even the weather! This post explores some factors to consider when picking your summer drink, plus some delicious ideas to get you started.

Finding Your Flavor Profile

Before diving into specific drinks, consider your own taste preferences. Do you crave something sweet and fruity, or do you prefer something more tart and refreshing? Are you looking for a drink that will quench your thirst, or something a little more decadent?

The Mayo Clinic has a great post on healthy summer drinks that offers a variety of options depending on your needs. Do you need a drink to rehydrate after exercise, or are you looking for something to cool down on a hot day? Knowing what you want out of your summer drink will help you narrow down your choices.

Matching the Moment

The perfect poolside drink might not be the best choice for a fancy dinner party. Consider the occasion when choosing your summer beverage.

  • Casual Gatherings: For a backyard barbecue or picnic, you might want something simple and crowd-pleasing. Go for a pitcher of iced tea or homemade lemonade.
  • Adult Gatherings: If you’re hosting a gathering for grown-ups, you can experiment with fun summer cocktails or spritzes. Here’s a tip: For a lighter summer cocktail, opt for clear liquors like vodka or tequila. Mix them with fresh fruit juices, soda water, and a squeeze of lime.
  • Poolside Relaxation: On a scorching day, there’s nothing better than a refreshing drink with a kick. Think frozen margaritas, daiquiris, or boozy smoothies.

Summer Sipping Inspiration

Now that you’ve considered your taste and the occasion, here are some summer drink ideas to inspire you:

  • Fruity and Refreshing: Homemade fruit-infused water is a healthy and delicious way to stay hydrated. Think cucumber-lime, watermelon-mint, or a mix of your favorite berries.
  • Frozen Delights: For a cool and creamy treat, try frozen yogurt parfaits, blended coffee drinks, or boozy milkshakes.
  • Classic Summer Drinks: Don’t forget the classics — iced tea, lemonade, and fruity punches are always crowd-pleasers. You can find tons of variations online to add your own twist to these traditional drinks.
  • Sparkling Refreshment: Sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice or a squeeze of fresh lime is a light and bubbly option. For an extra refreshing twist, try adding a sprig of mint or a slice of cucumber.
  • Mocktails for Everyone: Not everyone drinks alcohol, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a delicious summer drink! There are endless possibilities for creating flavorful mocktails using fruit juices, sparkling water, herbs, and spices.

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Beat the Heat with Summer Cocktails at Seaport Pier in North Wildwood, NJ!

As you embark on your quest to discover the best summer drink, why not elevate your experience with Seaport Pier? With a stunning waterfront location and a menu of tantalizing beverages, Seaport Pier is your ultimate destination for summer refreshments. From tropical cocktails to icy mocktails, our expert mixologists craft each drink with care. And now, allow us to introduce Seaport Pier’s top picks for refreshing summer drinks:

  • Shark Bite: Dive into a taste of the tropics with Beach Whiskey Island Coconut and Watermelon Redbull.
  • Strawberry Ginger Lemonade: Delight your palate with Misunderstood Ginger Whiskey, strawberry puree, and Fever Tree Sparkling Sicilian Lemonade.
  • Orange Cucumber Gin & Tonic: Experience a refreshing twist with Tanqueray Sevilla Orange Gin and Fever Tree Light Cucumber Tonic.

With Seaport Pier as your ultimate destination for summer refreshments, your seaside escape is sure to be unforgettable. Visit our website to explore our full summer drink menu and plan your next seaside escape. Cheers to summer memories that last a lifetime!

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