During hot summer days, nothing lifts your mood more than cool, tasty drink that can help you beat the heat. But instead of going for store-bought items, go for homemade options, which let you control the ingredients and the amount of sugar you put in them.

Get ready to slake your thirst with these cool, easy to make recipes from the team at IKEA.

Watermelon Lemonade

This cool concoction combines two summertime favourites in one!

  • First, mix squeezed lemon juice, water and sugar to make lemonade.
  • Then blitz some watermelon chunks in a mixer/blender and filter it.
  • Fill a tall glass or jug with half lemonade and half watermelon juice. The best combination is to go half-and-half, but you can up either level if you want to.
  • For a pro move, freeze some watermelon balls to use instead of ice cubes. Unlike with ice cubes, your drink won’t get watered down and you’ll have delicious bursts of fruit to chew on.

Fresh Strawberry Shake

This one fills you up and refreshes you in the sweetest way.

  • Combine 1/2 cup of milk, hulled strawberries and vanilla ice cream in a blender.
  • Blend until it is mostly smooth, for about 15-20 seconds, with some of the strawberry pieces remaining.
  • Pour into some fancy glasses and serve!

Popsicle Punch

This is a fun way to consume any favourite popsicle rather than licking at it for hours as it runs down your hands (although that’s fun too!).

  • In a large pitcher, stir together soda, lemonade, strawberries, and mangoes.
  • Pour into a couple of cool glasses and garnish the rim with a slice of mango and strawberry.
  • Finally, dunk in the entire flavoured popsicle of your choice! As it melts, it will add a whole new range of flavour to this dish.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies

A thick and rich drink to satisfy those taste buds – the kids will love this!

  • Place frozen banana slices, frozen pineapple chunks and ice into a heavy-duty blender or food processor with a metal blade.
  • Pour soy milk over the fruit.
  • Puree until smooth. If the blender doesn’t seem to be crushing the frozen chunks well enough, stop, push the pieces down with a spoon. Restart.
  • Garnish with chopped roasted peanuts, if desired, and you are ready to go!

Ginger Honey Iced Tea

The simplest one of all and there are so many ways to make it. This is one of our favourites.

  • Pour 8 cups of boiling water into a heat-resistant pitcher.
  • Add 8 tea bags and let steep for 10 minutes
  • Remove and discard the bags, and allow tea to cool to room temperature
  • Stir in honey and ginger
  • Refrigerate until completely chilled to the desired temperature.
  • Serve over ice.

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