With Memorial Day behind us and the unofficial start of summer, families across Illinois are finally opening their pools and diving into the season’s fun.

I've always envied people with pools because I never had one growing up.  It might be a lot of maintenance, but boy does it sound nice to walk out to your backyard and enjoy a pool all to yourself.  Am I wrong?

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Whether it’s reading a good book, jamming out to your favorite music, or watching the kids do cannonballs in the pool, there’s something magical about kickin' it poolside on a warm summer day in the Midwest.

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I will say, a pool day isn't complete without a refreshing drink in hand.  It doesn't have to be alcoholic either!  I loveeeee a strawberry lemonade with extra ice when it's a hundred degrees outside.

Whether it's a tangy lemonade, a fruit smoothie, or an icy margarita, these beverages are ABSOLUTE MUSTS for beating the heat this summer.

Try these 16 drinks next time you're at the pool, you won't regret it!

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Summer Sips: Best Poolside Drinks According To Illinoisans

  • Fruit Punch
  • Capri Sun
  • Malibu & pineapple juice
  • Blueberry lemonade
  • Coke Zero
  • Rum & lemonade
  • Sweetened iced tea
  • Kitty Cocktails
  • Creamsicle smoothies
  • Coconut water
  • Pink lemonade
  • Watermelon slushies
  • Water with lime
  • Pina Colada
  • High Noon
  • Pineapple juice

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Don't forget to quench your thirst one of these hot summer days with a tasty beverage.  It'll only enhance your poolside experience. Happy unofficial summer!

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