Summers in the office can be rough: the sun taunting you through your boss’ window, the frigid air conditioning forcing you to wear a sweater, the fact that you would much rather be at the beach than sitting in front of a computer screen.
Well, we can't control the temperature, humidity, or your vacation days, but we can help you change the mood in the office with some spirit-lifting drinks. From refreshing iced coffee to fruity post-5 PM cocktails, embrace summer and bring it straight to your desk with one of these easy, refreshing beverages.
1. Sparkling Rhubarb Lemonade
Lemonade is pretty much the epitome of summer. The addition of rhubarb adds a blush of color and a more complex flavor, while mint and sparking soda keep this drink bright and refreshing. It’s the perfect sweet treat to get you through the afternoon slump.
2. Magical Coffee
If you can’t kick your coffee habit for the summer, then iced is the only way to go. Unfortunately, the chilled version of your caffeinated favorite is also more expensive to buy from your local Starbucks. Save some dough (and make better coffee) by cold-brewing your own. All of the prep is done at night and it brews while you're sleeping. In the morning, just pour through a strainer and—voilà!—the easiest iced coffee, ready to come with you on your morning commute.
3. Mango Lassi
If you're going to be stuck at your desk, why not escape to a faraway locale with an exotic beverage? This classic Indian drink combines cold milk, yogurt, honey, and mango for a light yet satisfying smoothie. It’ll cool you down, take care of any lingering hunger from lunch, and give you just enough energy to get through the slow summer afternoon.
4. Retro Raspberry Lime Rickeys
This recipe is a nostalgic nod to summers at the soda shoppe—and is a fun and easy drink to keep in the break room fridge. Just make a raspberry syrup and stir a few spoonfuls into sparkling water whenever you need a pick-me-up. A squeeze of lemon and lime makes it feel extra festive.
5. Saffron and Cardamom Lemonade Concentrate
When you find yourself in need of a cheap, quick, fruity drink during the time-crunched week, you probably turn to those easy powdered mixes or packaged flavorings. For a more natural option, try this homemade concentrated lemonade. Just make a batch on Sunday and dilute when you’re ready to drink to enjoy it all week long.
6. Blackberry Caipirinha
Happy hour doesn’t have to mean spending your hard-earned cash on a slightly warm beer. No matter how cheap those after-work deals are, bottom-shelf drinks just can’t compete with homemade cocktails. Treat your co-workers to an in-office happy hour or invite everyone over—when these blackberry beauties are in tow, you won’t have any trouble convincing your office mates to ditch the standard watering hole.