As summer arrives with its scorching heat, there's nothing quite like a refreshing drink to cool you down and quench your thirst.
It can be easy to reach for the booze on hot summer days especially if you're sitting out on the deck or at the cabin, but if you're like me and wanting to cut back in this area, it's easier to stay on track when you've got delicious mocktails that aren't "boring" ;)
Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue, lounging by the pool, or simply looking for a non-alcoholic alternative, these 10 summer mocktails are sure to please your tastebuds - and your liver ;)
1. Watermelon Mint Fizz
A perfect blend of hydrating watermelon and aromatic mint, this mocktail is a true summer treat.
Simply blend fresh watermelon chunks, add a splash of lime juice, and garnish with a sprig of mint. Top it off with some sparkling water or soda for a fizzy finish.
2. Pineapple Paradise
Transport yourself to a tropical paradise with this pineapple mocktail.
Combine pineapple juice, a hint of coconut milk, and a squeeze of lime. Shake it well with ice and strain it into a glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a tiny umbrella to complete the vacation vibe.
3. Citrus Sunset
This vibrant and zesty mocktail combines the tanginess of citrus fruits with a touch of sweetness.
Mix freshly squeezed orange, grapefruit, and lemon juice with a dash of grenadine syrup for color. Shake it over ice and strain into a tall glass. Serve with a slice of orange and a sprig of rosemary.
4. Berry Blast
Indulge in the flavours of summer berries with this delightful mocktail.
Blend a mix of fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries with a splash of cranberry juice. Strain it into a glass filled with crushed ice, and garnish with a skewer of mixed berries for a burst of color.
5. Cucumber Mojito Mocktail
Cool and invigorating, this mocktail puts a twist on the classic mojito.
Muddle fresh cucumber slices, lime wedges, and mint leaves in a glass. Add a spoonful of sugar or simple syrup and top it up with soda water. Stir well and enjoy the refreshing taste of summer.
6. Strawberry Basil Lemonade
Elevate your lemonade game with the fresh and vibrant flavors of strawberry and basil.
In a blender, combine fresh strawberries, a handful of basil leaves, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add a touch of honey or simple syrup for sweetness and blend until smooth. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice and top it up with sparkling water. Garnish with a strawberry slice and a sprig of basil for a beautiful presentation.
7. Virgin Piña Colada
Escape to the beach with this classic tropical mocktail.
Blend creamy coconut milk, pineapple juice, and a dash of vanilla extract with crushed ice. Pour it into a tall glass and garnish with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry. Sip on this delightful mocktail and imagine yourself in paradise.
8. Mojito Mocktail
A refreshing twist on the traditional mojito, this mocktail is bursting with flavour.
Muddle fresh lime wedges, mint leaves, and a spoonful of sugar or simple syrup in a glass. Add sparkling water and crushed ice, and give it a good stir. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wheel for an extra touch of elegance.
9. Blueberry Lemon Spritzer
This refreshing spritzer will be a hit at your summer get-togethers. Blend fresh blueberries, lemon juice, and a touch of honey until smooth. Strain it into a glass filled with ice, and top it up with sparkling water. Garnish with a lemon twist and a few blueberries for a pop of color.
10. Iced Hibiscus Tea Mocktail
Quench your thirst with this refreshing hibiscus tea mocktail.
Steep hibiscus tea bags in boiling water, and add a squeeze of lime juice and a spoonful of honey. Chill it in the refrigerator and serve over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint for a delightful summer drink.
Whether you're hosting a party or simply relaxing at home, these refreshing concoctions will keep you cool and hydrated all season long. So, grab your favourite glass, experiment with these recipes, and savour the taste of summer with these delightful mocktails!
Cheers to a fantastic and thirst-quenching summer!
Hi, I'm Michelle!
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