My Favorite Summer Post-Run Mocktails

Coffee iced milk = coffee ice cubes with a mix of white and chocolate milk. Great post-run refreshment!

I know you all have been there — one of those sweltering summer runs where all you can think about is a nice, cold post-run drink. Well, the end of summer is not yet in sight, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite mocktails to quench your thirst.

Read on for some tasty liquid refreshment!

Not quite a fuzzy navel
This is my new favorite! Simply mix peach kefir (or drinkable yogurt) with orange juice. I use about a 1:1 ratio, occasionally a bit heavier on the kefir to supply a good dose of protein and calcium for my muscles and bones. The OJ makes this drink a little more thirst-quenching while also providing vitamin C, carbs, and calcium as well if you get a fortified version. Bonus: for those of you who have poop issues, the probiotics in kefir may help you out in that area.

Virgin bloody mary
Any other salty sweaters out there? A virgin bloody mary will certainly replenish your sodium as well as get you ahead on your veggie count for the day.  For this drink, I start with a base of V8 and just add my favorite standard bloody mary ingredients: hot sauce, lemon juice, olives, a pickle, and maybe even some of the pickle juice. You’ll have to get your protein from another source, but since V8 is relatively low in calories you don’t have to worry about overdoing the food if you’re watching your weight.

Coffee iced milk
This concoction requires some prep work, but if I can do it anyone can, maybe even a small child. Get out your ice cube tray, brew some coffee, and freeze it. That’s the prep!  Consider decaf if you’re planning to drink this in the afternoon; espresso is a good option for caffeine junkies. After your run, fill a glass with ice cubes and pour milk over it (hello protein!). I like a combination of white and chocolate milk for a little sweetness.

What are your favorite drinks after a hot summer run? 

I'm a 20-year veteran of competitive running, USATF certified coach, mom of a toddler -- and still trying to set PRs. I write about training from 5k to marathon, motherhood and competitive running, and the elite side of the sport. The 5k is my favorite race (16:56 PR) but I've got a score to settle with the marathon.

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  1. I love these suggestions! I definitely want to try the coffee iced milk – it will be a good variation on my usual post-run chocolate soy milk.

    1. Enjoy! It feels just a bit fancier than plain old chocolate milk, even though it’s not difficult at all!

  2. DITTO on wanting to try the coffee-iced milk! YUM. I needed some new ideas. Right now my fav post-run beverages are Skratch Lab’s lemon lime drink mix (boring, I know…) or my favorite smoothie (sorry, not quite keeping with the mocktail theme…but it’s delicious! 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt, 1/4 cup oatmeal, 1 tablespoon of flax, 1 tablespoon chia, and a big handful of spinach.)

    1. I have never heard of skratch labs- it is a sports drink?
      That smoothie sounds great. I like them too but hate the cleanup! I even have an immersion blender so I need to get back into the habit.