5 summer drink recipes: Copy your favorites from Starbucks and more at home

Copycat Starbucks: mocha frappuccino recipeOther than my morning cup of joe (like one of these iced coffee recipes, yum), I tend to drink water. But when the heat is on, I find myself craving lemonade, frosty coffee drinks, and other summer coolers. I can down icy drinks from Starbucks and Jamba Juice all of the time, which can add up. So instead of hitting the coffee house, I recently found copycat recipes for a few of my favorites that use more whole ingredients and a lot less money. -Stacie

My number one summer drink treat: a Frappuccino from Starbucks. This copycat Mocha Frappuccino recipe from Alice of Savory Sweet Life (above)
hits the spot! Plus, these are fun to make and when you do it at home
you can control the amount sugar and flavor (ahem, calories). 
Starbucks green tea lemonade recipe
Love Starbucks, but don’t feel like coffee? Maybe you’re a fan of the shaken ice teas like I am. My fave is the Green Tea Lemonade–so
I had to create a recipe myself! Though I love the original, it can be a
little sweet for me. Making it at home allows me to keep it tart but
you can perfect your own to taste. All you need is sugar, a green tea
bag, and lemon juice. 
Jamba Juice smoothie recipes
coffee drinks and lemonades can be deceptively high in sugar and
calories. While it doesn’t stop me from enjoying them from time to time
(a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do), I try to hit the smoothie
joint more frequently than the coffee house, and say away from the
500-calorie options. These copycat Jamba Juice recipes look
amazing and make use of all the delicious summer fruit available right
now. And if you want even more smoothie goodness, check out our 8 must-try smoothie recipes.
Orange Julius recipe
Julius is still around (who knew!), but I associate the frothy orange
drink with trips to the mall in the 1980’s. (What? I’m from Jersey!)
Every once and a while I bring back the totally rad times with this
copycat Orange Julius recipe.There’s also a sugar-free Orange Julius recipe by Robyn at Add a Pinch (pictured) which really is just as tasty, and keeps the kids–and, um, me–from a crazy sugar high.
Frozen hot chocolate recipe

New Yorker–or any one who has ever visited–probably has a fondness
for the Frozen Hot Chocolates from Serendipity III. While you can now
buy the packets to DIY at home, you can also go with a totally homemade
version. This Frrrozen Hot Chocolate
recipe from Girl Cooks World is a super chocolatey, icy treat that’s
surprisingly easy to make at home. This is a major sugar and chocolate
high in the making, but eh, live a little. Or just serve it with six


Stacie Billis is Managing Editor of Cool Mom Eats. She's known for her focus on nutrition and organics, her salad-loving sons, and her non-judgy approach to feeding kids that does not preclude Nutella.


  • Reply July 19, 2012


    My mouth is watering. I’m making one of these drinks or stopping by Jamba Juice tomorrow for a nice refreshing smoothie! Thanks for these cool picks 😉

  • Reply July 23, 2012


    Colorful & Refreshing drinks, i will definitely make chocolate flavored.

  • Reply July 25, 2012


    Beautiful collection. Just perfect for this hot summer. :)

  • Reply August 9, 2012

    Ann Anderson

    OMG now that is refreshing! I think I would lay back in my chair and sip on one of those while browsing the latest deals on Jummpin Caribbean blog

  • Reply October 5, 2012

    vintage paper

    Thats indeed very refreshing and tasty, the sundae looks very delicious i love to have some zip of it when its hot.

  • Reply November 24, 2012


    I really like the Serendipity Hot Chocolates! Anyone should try those in the city.

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