Nothing says summer like a refreshing cocktail, but for those of us who no longer drink or are trying to limit our alcohol intake, mocktails are a great substitution. My husband stopped drinking about two years ago, and I rarely drink. When he stopped drinking, I realized the importance of having non-alcoholic options available at parties. Sure, you can always offer your guests soda or water, but why not serve them a fancy mocktail as well!
Here are three summer mocktail recipes to enjoy whether you are staying at home or hosting an outdoor, socially distanced, small get together.
Nothing feels quite like summer like a frozen drink. Serve this virgin margarita in a cute glass with a lime wedge, and you’ll feel like you are poolside at a fancy resort, even if it’s just the kiddie pool in your backyard.
- 12 oz. frozen limeade concentrate
- Juice from two jumbo lemons
- Juice from four medium limes
- 6 lime wedges
- 1/2 cup of orange juice
- 1/2 cup of simple syrup or sweetener (I use this one)
- 2-3 cups of ice
- In a blender, add all of the ingredients and blend until all ingredients are combined.
- Prepare your glasses: using a plate, pour the slat in an even layer. Using your lime wedges, rub the limes along the rims of your glasses then dip the rims in the salt.
- Pour margarita mix into your glasses and garnish with a lime wedge.
I love simple drinks like mojitos because you can easily customize them. Watermelon is such a popular summer fruit and pairs so well with mint. It’s the perfect addition to this summer mocktail recipe.
- 2 limes, plus two lime wedges
- 10 – 15 mint leaves
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 15 oz. club soda
- 1 cup diced watermelon, plus two slices for garnish (remove seeds if you are not using seedless watermelon)
- Ice cubes
- In a blender, puree watermelon and set aside. Straining is optional.
- In a shaker, muddle one lime, mint, and sugar until mint is bruised.
- Add ice and watermelon puree and shake well.
- Pour into two glasses and add club soda.
- Stir well.
- Garnish with lime wedge and watermelon slice.
If you need an excuse to buy yourself some cute copper mugs, this drink is it. Mules are refreshing and come together quickly. I promise you will not miss the vodka.
- Juice from two limes, plus two lime wedges
- 12 oz ginger beer
- 12 oz lime La Croix
- ~ 1 cup of ice
- Fill two mugs with ice.
- In each mug, add the lime juice, ginger beer, and La Croix.
- Stir well.
- Garnish with lime wedges.
I’ve found that the key to mocktails is the ingredients. Could I buy lemon or lime juice? Yes. Will it taste as delicious? No. The freshness of those ingredients is what makes the drink taste great. You may have to dirty a blender to puree some watermelon, but you will end up with a tastier result. Do you have a favorite mocktail? Share the recipe in the comments section!
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