5 summery drinks to make for friends

5 summery drinks for friends

5 Summery Drinks to Make for Friends

It’s great to have friends or family come to visit but the effort to prepare food can make impromptu invitations off-putting.

And when it’s a lovely day none of us want to be slaving in the kitchen cooking.

So why not host a drinks
and nibbles afternoon?

Whip up a few of the fabulous drinks below and serve with a variety of crisps, nuts, olives etc. With a variety of drinks – including plenty of non-alcoholic – it’s perfect for a gathering of people of all ages.

Make all the drinks in advance and store in the fridge so that you can enjoy the afternoon with your visitors.



Minty Lemon Sorbet Tea

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 59 per portion
Fat 0.2g (0g sat) per portion


  • Darjeeling tea 600ml (1 pint), hot and strong
  • Sprigs of mint 3
  • Golden granulated sugar to taste Lemon sorbet 4 scoops
  • Lemon 1, sliced
  • Strawberries and mint sprigs to decorate


  1. Pour the hot tea into a jug, add the mint sprigs and stir in the sugar to taste. Leave to brew and cool completely.
  2. When ready to serve, remove the mint sprigs. Scoop the lemon sorbet into four tall glasses and pour in the tea.
  3. Decorate with strawberries and mint and serve immediately.

Refreshing Lemonade

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 134 per portion
Fat 0g (0g sat) per portion


  • Caster sugar 200g (7oz)
  • Lemons 8 large, finely grated zest and juice (giving about 200ml/7fl oz)
  • Ice to serve


  1. Tip sugar, lemon zest and juice into a heavy-based pan with 1 litre (1¾ pints) water
    and heat gently until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Taste and adjust sugar and lemon juice to taste. Remove pan from the heat and leave to cool. Strain liquid (if wished) into a jug filled with ice.

Caribbean Shake

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 199 per portion
Fat 7g (4.2g sat) per portion


  • Banana 1, roughly chopped
  • Orange juice 2 tbsp
  • Pineapple juice 2 tbsp
  • Milk 300ml (½ pint)
  • Vanilla dairy ice cream 2 scoops


  1. Put banana in a blender with orange and pineapple juices. Add milk and whizz to blend.
  2. Put a scoop of ice cream in two glasses and top up with fruit milk. Serve immediately and with straws, if you like.

Summer Berry Milkshakes

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 461 per portion
Fat 35g (20.4g sat) per portion


  • Fresh raspberries 110g (4oz)
  • Fresh strawberries 150g (5oz), hulled and sliced
  • Vanilla ice cream 2–3 good scoops
  • Whole milk 600ml (1 pint), chilled
  • Natural yogurt 150g (5oz)
  • Double cream 125ml (4 fl oz), whipped to a soft peak, to decorate, optional
  • Raspberries 12, to decorate, optional Strawberries 4, to decorate, optional


  1. Put raspberries, strawberries, ice cream, milk and yogurt into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour milkshake through a non-reactive sieve into a large jug (to remove seeds), and then pour into four large, well-chilled glasses. Serve immediately.

TIP For some extra pizzazz, top each glass of milkshake with a spoonful of whipped cream topped with raspberries. Make a slit in each strawberry, place on rim of each glass and serve.

Iced Coffee

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 334 per portion
Fat 17.1g (11.2g sat) per portion


  • Instant coffee 1 tbsp
  • Caster sugar 1 tbsp
  • Boiling water 3 tbsp
  • Whole milk 250ml (9fl oz)
  • Vanilla ice cream 250g (9oz)
  • Grated chocolate a little for sprinkling, optional


  1. Put coffee and sugar into a heatproof jug, stir in boiling water, cover and leave to cool for 5–10 minutes.
  2. Mix coffee with milk and chill well.
  3. When ready to serve, pour coffee into a liquidiser, add ice cream and blend well. Pour into tall glasses, sprinkle with chocolate, if using, and serve immediately.







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