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5 Things to Drink This Summer If You Hate Beer

These easy, breezy drinks will satisfy your thirst while adding some flavor to your relaxing day by the pool.
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If you're anything like me, sitting by the pool with a drink in your hand is the perfect remedy to a hot summer day. Yes, there's nothing like a Corona and lime (especially when paired with tacos), but not everyone likes a beer straight out of the bottle. It's so blah and the arrival of summer deserves something with a little more jazz.

These easy, breezy drinks will satisfy your thirst while adding some flavor to your relaxing day by the pool.

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For those of you who don't know what a shandy is (because to be honest, I didn't until a few weeks ago), it's a light beer mixed with a soft drink or flavored juice such as lemonade, ginger ale or apple juice. The Curious Traveler and Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy are both great options and taste like summer in a bottle.

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If you are more of a wine person, sangria is the perfect poolside drink. For a classic with red wine, try grilling your fruit beforehand for an added smoky taste or turn it into a sangria slushy. If you fancy yourself some white, try something new and make a peach sangria.

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This cocktail requires just three ingredients and then you have yourself an instant party in a glass. Get yourself a tall glass and pour 2 ounces of Gosling's or Meyer's dark rum over 5 ounces of ginger beer and squeeze a lime over the top (here's the recipe to make it a little easier).

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Originally from the UK, beer's sweet, sweet friend hard cider has swept the nation. This is a crisp and refreshing drink and there are now numerous different brands and flavors that can cure your sweet tooth. Try mixing up your favorite cider with this sangria recipe.

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A snakebite is what they call a beer cocktail and it requires caution. Some bartenders in the UK won't even serve them, but no one can stop you if you make them yourself. Simply two ingredients-equal parts cider and lager-and it will go down smoother than that beer you were thinking about.

Original post by Alexa O'Connell for Spoon University.