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7 best summer drinks you need to survive the heat

Beat the heat and cool down with these tasty beverages

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Jenny Leung
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Hong Kong's summer heat is unforgiving, and unless you plan to hibernate in an air-conditioned cave for the next two months or so, there's no way of escaping it. Not to worry though, because next to heat-beating ice creams and cold shaved ice desserts, Hong Kong has some of the coolest (literally) beverages that can quench your thirst – and it doesn't even involve any alcohol. Because nobody wants to be hungover in the middle of the day under the hot, blazing sun. Here are the best non-alcoholic summer drinks you need to start sipping on to survive the heat.

RECOMMENDED: Want something to munch on instead? Try these cold dishes that will cool you down in no time. Or, if a glass of tipple is the only way to go, these summer-inspired gin cocktails will do the trick.

Best summer drinks you need to survive the heat

  • Restaurants
  • Jordan

Located inside Eaton HK's buzzing Food Hall, Flower Years is shaking up this summer with three new, gorgeous Mövenpick milkshakes. For something that will awaken your taste buds, opt for the zesty avocado lime milkshake, or if you're after a sweet and simple drink, you can't go wrong with the strawberry and cream. And if you're in the mood to spoil yourself, the chocolate caramel will definitely do the trick.

All available for $58 per glass.

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  • Cafés
  • Sha Tin

Savour the taste of summer with Tea WG's newest collection of teabags especially crafted for iced teas! Whether you prefer your tea rich and intense or sweet and delicate, there's something made perfectly for you, from exclusive blends like the Pink Flamingo tea to all-time favourites such as Eternal Summer and Cocktail Hour tea. 

Packed inside a beautifully embossed gift box, each teabag is carefully handsewn with light, transparent silk, and can yield a large litre carafe of iced tea. Time to start planning your next summer tea party!

Available for $238 per box of seven teabags. A special BOGOF promotion available from now until July 31.

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  • Restaurants
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

After opening its first Hong Kong flagship store in Causeway Bay in 2019, ChaTraMue has kept milk tea lovers happily sipping away with its dangerously addictive Thai milk tea and green tea beverages. Head to the store and choose from a variety of smooth, sweet, and refreshing drinks such as the pandan flavoured bubble tea, rose milk tea, lychee green tea, and many more.

All available from $30 upwards.

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  • Kowloon Tong

Apart from fresh sushi and decadent Japanese fare, Sen-ryo's special summer apple black vinegar soda with mikan ($32/glass) should not be overlooked. Combining Japanese mikan paste with soda, and the slight tang of Tenju apple black vinegar from Kirishima, this sweet yet sour concoction will help you beat the summer heat one gulp at a time.

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  • Tea rooms
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Instead of clinking champagne flutes, celebrate the summer in the luxurious surrounding of Fortnum & Mason, and sip on a glass of chilled sparkling tea ($248/750ml). With notes of tropical fruits and a palate of lemongrass, water mint, Darjeeling, and a long-lasting hint of jasmine, the tea's complex flavours and layers will give you all the champagne feels, without any of the alcohol! A range of mocktails made using the sparkling tea will also be available at 181 Fortnum & Mason.

For those who prefer something fruity, Fortnum & Mason has also launched a cold brew infusions collection in three specialty blends: Orange and Lemon, Apple and Blackberry, and Apricot and Cherry ($148/60g). Simply pop one of these teabags into your cup of water, your water bottle, or even add a few to a party jug to share between friends.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Jordan

Have you been chosen to be the designated sober friend? Well, you can still enjoy a great night out at Terrible Baby with their new Seedlip mocktails. Kick off the night with a citrus Let's Grove cocktail with grapefruit, lemon, and orange shrub, topped with a refreshing Capi sparkling cucumber water, or the Funky Garden which will remind you of an English garden with notes of green tea and mint. For something fruitier, opt for Cool Story Bro which is concocted with passion fruit, guava, and pineapple, or grab a round of The Green Life made with green grapes, aloe vera, and lemon juice.

All available for $70 per glass.

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  • Restaurants

If all else fails, you can always turn to bubble tea. After all, there's a reason why there are so many shops in the city solely dedicated to these lip-smacking beverages. From simple, refreshing cold-brewed teas to fluffy, cheese-capped goodies, there is certainly no shortage of bubble tea shops to quench your thirst this summer.

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