Are you interested in enjoying a fancy summer treat on a hot summer day that’s non-alcoholic and not basic iced tea? Fortunately, we’ve got some recipes for summer mocktails that are fun, refreshing, and booze-free!Jump to Recipe
3 Summer Mocktail Tips
When everyone else is walking around with their summer cocktails, 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? Make the most of the experience by stepping up your mocktail game. Here are some tips for making the best summer mocktails that are the most refreshing summer drinks.
1. 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!
2. 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!
3. 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! We’re big fans of fresh basil, rosemary, or mint from our herb garden.
Summer Mocktail Recipes
Whether you’re looking for something with a refreshing zing, or are in the mood for a fun, fruity drink, here are some great options to enjoy a booze-free summer.
Tonic, lime juice, and a sprig of fresh mint are all you need for this easy summer mocktail! You won’t even miss the gin. For some added summer refreshment, add in some crushed watermelon, fresh strawberries, peaches, blueberries, or your favorite summer fruit. You can also mix this up with elderflower, grapefruit, or another flavored tonic. It’s the perfect summer drink!
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.
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
Along with the many health benefits of ginger, it’s also an essential ingredient in some of the best summer mocktails. Here are some of our favorites.
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 of 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?
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, garnish with your favorite summer fruit, and stir.
Summer Mocktails for the Sweet Tooth
Sometimes the best summer mocktails bring out the kid in all of us, and these are no exception! Here are some delicious fruity mocktails.
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 fresh pineapple wedges. If you’re not a big pineapple fan, a virgin strawberry colada is always a great choice, too.
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.
The Mandalorian was one of the most-watched streaming series in the US in 2020. To celebrate, we think a mocktail is in order. Enter Baby Yoda Soda, a drink named after the adorable baby Grogu, a member of the same species as the 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 alcohol consumption, it doesn’t mean you have to skip the exprience 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. You just need simple ingredients and you can make so many delicious nonalcoholic drinks you can enjoy all summer long. And don’t forget to share your favorite recipes with friends and family on FamilyApp!