Are you interested in enjoying a fancy summer treat that’s non-alcoholic? Fortunately, we’ve got some recipes for summer mocktails that are fun, refreshing, booze-free!Jump to Recipe
Summer Mocktail Tips
When everyone else is walking around with their summer mocktails, it’s easy to feel left out. If you’re sticking to non-alcoholic beverages, sometimes plain old lemonade or soda can get old. The key to enjoying those situations? Making the most of the experience by stepping up your cocktail game. Here are some tips for making the best summer mocktails.
- Pick the right glass: You simply cannot drink your delicious faux-cocktail creation out of the first plastic Frozen 2 cup you encounter. Match the drink to the recommended beverage! If it’s a Moscow mule, try using a copper mug! If it’s a Mojito, use a collins glass! Don’t fret if you don’t have any of the appropriate glassware; that’s okay. Just try to find your fanciest option or even a mason jar! And don’t forget to use lemon juice to put salt or sugar around the rim!
- Pick the freshest ingredients: The key to a better mocktail is fresh ingredients. If you’ve never tried to make your own simple syrup before, it’s a great way to make a mocktail stands out above the rest. Make your own simple syrup that you can customize for any recipe! For a concoction that’s a little different, try elderflower or lavender simple syrup!
- Make it to suit your own taste: Play around with the ingredients and how much you put in. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and get creative. Don’t forget a fresh and festive garnish always makes it feel a little fancier!
Summer Mocktail Recipes
- Virgin Watermelon Sangria: For this easy mocktail recipe, combine 3 cups of chilled, cubed watermelon, 1 sliced lime, 1/3 cup torn mint leaves, and 750 ml of chilled sparkling grape juice. This should serve 5-6 people, so grab a couple of friends and have a relaxing night on the porch sipping and enjoying the summer heat.
- “The Cinderella”: With a tart, citrusy base, and the sweetness of the grenadine, this refreshing drink is wonderful for summer days and brunches. Combine equal parts lemon juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, a dash of grenadine, and two dashes of angostura bitters in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled Collins glass filled with ice, and add two parts ginger ale. Garnish with fresh fruit (pineapple or orange slices).
- Mountain Mojito Mocktail: Fresh mint flavor takes this mocktail to a whole new level! Muddle 2-4 mint leaves along with the lime juice and agave in a Collins glass. Add ice, blood orange puree, and a splash of soda water. Garnish with fresh mint!
Cucumber Lime “Fauxhito”
- 6 thin slices English cucumber, plus 1 long, thin slice for garnish
- 6 mint leaves, plus 1 sprig for garnish
- 2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz agave nectar
- 4 oz chilled club soda
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber and mint. Add the lime juice and agave, then fill with ice; shake well.
- Strain into a glass filled with ice. Add the club soda; stir. Garnish with the cucumber slice and mint sprig.
Summer Mocktails With Ginger
- Ginger Peach Soda: This recipe will serve the whole family on a hot summer day! First, make a ginger simple syrup. Remove from heat, cover, and steep for about 30 minutes. Chill the syrup. Distribute peach slices among 8 tall glasses. For each glass, lightly press peaches with the back of a wooden spoon to release their juice. Pour about 2 tablespoons chilled syrup over peaches. Add ice cubes; then top with seltzer and stir. Garnish with fresh mint!
- Strawberry Lime Ginger Fizz: Start by making a strawberry-lime-ginger simple syrup. In each glass, you’ll need 2-3 tbsp syrup, 6 oz sparkling water, 2 ice cubes, and a lime wedge, strawberry, or mint sprig for garnish. A fizz is so refreshing because they’re wonderfully bubbly. It’s the perfect poolside drink.
- Cucumber-Mint Ginger Agua Fresca: Agua fresca, which translates to fresh water or cool water, is a refreshing Mexican non-alcoholic drink that’s easy to make! With simple and refreshing ingredients like English cucumbers, fresh lime juice, granulated sugar, fresh mint leaves, fresh ginger, and water, how could you go wrong?
- Mango Mule: Ginger beer is one of my favorite beverages, especially when it’s icy cold and extra spicy! For this, you’ll need 4-5 slices of cucumber, honey syrup, mango puree, fresh lime juice, ginger beer, and ice. At the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber and honey syrup. Add the mango puree and lime juice and shake with ice vigorously. Strain into a copper mug filled with crushed ice. Top with ginger beer and stir.
Summer Mocktails for the Sweet Tooth
- Virgin Piña Colada: This sweet treat will make you feel like you’re on an island vacation. To make it, blend pineapple pieces, thick coconut milk, sugar, and ice cubes. Garnish with pineapple wedges. If you’re not a big pineapple fan, a virgin strawberry colada is always a great choice, too.
- Shirley Temple: The Shirley Temple was created in honor of Shirley Temple (Black), the famous diplomat, child star, and tap dancer of the 1930s. Because she was such a famous child star in the midst of swanky and very adult events, the idea of the mocktail was that it could be served to kids at fancy functions. This kid-friendly mocktail is traditionally made with ginger ale, a splash of grenadine, and a maraschino cherry as a garnish. However, sometimes you’ll find it made with lemon-lime soda or lemonade.
- Mandalorian Mocktail: The Mandalorian was one of the most-watched streaming series in the US in 2020. To celebrate, we think a cocktail is in order. Enter, Baby Yoda Soda, a drink named after the adorable baby Grogu, a member of the same species as famous Jedi Master Yoda. To make it, combine 1/4 cup lime juice with 3 tbsp of sugar, 1 cup of sparkling water, and 1 scoop of lime sorbet.
Time to Make Some Summer Mocktails
No matter why you’ve chosen to skip the alcohol consumption, it doesn’t mean you have to skip the experience of tasty, refreshing summer mocktails! You might also want to check out Mai Trinh’s journey with 500 days of sobriety and read how mocktails have become her new summer treat!
Pour yourself a glass and take in the feeling of being completely present in each moment. And don’t forget to share your favorite recipes with friends and family on FamilyApp!