10 Summer Drink Recipes

Tired of boring water? How about a frozen concoction by the pool this summer instead? See more pictures of cool food and drinks for summer.

As school lets out for the summer and temperatures start to rise, kids of all ages head outside to play, swim or practice a sport. And while it's a time for fun and frolic, it also can be very dangerous. Between 1999 and 2003, there were almost 3,500 deaths attributed to the heat [source: Centers for Disease Control]. And each of these deaths could have most likely been prevented. One of the leading causes of heat-related deaths is dehydration -- simply not getting enough fluids to sustain your body.

Now, you've probably heard that you need to drink eight 8-ounce (0.236-liter) glasses of water per day to achieve the desired intake of water. But scientists are now finding that may not be the case. According to Planet Green, any liquids you ingest (except alcohol) can be attributed to your daily intake of water [source: PlanetGreen.com]. If you're like me, you're probably breathing a sigh of relief right now. Water is great and everything, but sometimes, you just need more flavor -- a change from the mundane. Well, HowStuffWorks is here to help. We've compiled a list of our 10 favorite drinks to enjoy in the warmer months, so take a bust out the blender and pull out the pitchers for these mouth-watering concoctions.