With all this time at home, has your alcohol consumption been more than you’d anticipated? Fortunately, we’ve got some recipes for summer mocktails that are fun, refreshing, and guilt-free! Check out Mai Trinh’s journey with 500 days of sobriety, and why mocktails have become her new summer treat!
Summer Mocktail Tips
Here are some tips for making the best summer mocktails:
- Pick the right glass: You simply cannot drink your delicious creation out of the first plastic Frozen 2 cup you encounter. Match the drink to the recommended beverage! If it’s a 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.
- 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!
- 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!
Recipes for Summer Mocktails
- 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 . Top with ginger beer and stir. Enjoy!
- “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 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
- Muddle the cucumber with the mint leaves in a cocktail shaker.
- Add the lime juice and agave and fill with ice; shake well.
- Strain into a collins glass filled with ice.
- Add the club soda; stir once. Garnish with the cucumber slice and mint sprig.
- Ginger Peach Soda: This is a recipe that 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!
Time to Make Some Summer Mocktails
No matter why you’ve chosen to skip the alcohol, it doesn’t mean you have to skip the experience of tasty, refreshing summer mocktails! 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!