Your New Favorite Beverages, Minus the Alcohol

Smoked Lemon-Lime-Ade

This lemonade is rendered smoky-sweet with the juice of grilled lemons and limes and toasted simple syrup, which has a mild caramel flavor that does a lot to complement the grilled fruit. Get the recipe for Smoked Lemon-Lime-Ade »

Coffee Shrub Spritzer

This sparkling balsamic vinegar–espresso shrub gets a tangy, bubbly boost while still giving a jolt of energy. Get the recipe for Coffee Shrub Spritzer »

Persian Cantaloupe Drink

Test kitchen director Farideh Sadeghin got the recipe for this refreshing melon drink from her Iranian-born father, who makes it by grating fresh cantaloupe and combining it with water, sugar, and fresh mint. You can add a little gin for a cooling summer cocktail. Get the recipe for Persian Cantaloupe Drink »

Gone in 60 Seconds

This recipe treats iced coffee like a cocktail, adding peach nectar and lime juice to amp the beans’ citrus and other fruit notes. Get the recipe for Gone in 60 Seconds »
Orchata (Indian Almond and Rosewater Drink)

Easy Fermented Soda

Combine a bag of frozen fruit with a little sugar and hot water and let it sit on your counter for a week before straining. Total active time: ten minutes. Final product: a sophisticated, tart, fizzy, sour fermented juice that you can use in myriad ways. Chef Amy Thielen likes to add fermented raspberry juice to grown-up, not-too-sweet ice cream floats for a bright splash of flavor. You can start with really any fruit—the smaller and juicier the better, so most berries are safe bets—then mix the final product into cocktails, add a splash to your prosecco, or even drizzle it into vinaigrettes for a pleasing zing. See the recipe for Fermented Raspberry Soda »
Panagam (Indian Ginger and Lime Drink)

North Indian Spiced Limeade (Nimbu ka Sharbat)

In Lucknow, India, the hakims—local practitioners of Yunani medicine, derived from ancient Greece and focused on balancing the humors in the body—concoct cooling drinks to beat the heat. Called by the Persian name sharbat, the iced drinks often contain sweet and tart fruits and pungent and fiery spices. This refreshing cooler gets a carbonated lift from seltzer and a pleasantly saline tang from black salt and dried mango powder.