Three Summer Mocktail Recipes

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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.

Frozen Faux-Rita

Three Summer Mocktail Recipes

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.

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • Salt

Instructions:

  • 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.

Watermelon Faux-Jito

Three Summer Mocktail Recipes

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.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  • 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.

Faux-Moscow Mule

Three Summer Mocktail Recipes

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.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • Juice from two limes, plus two lime wedges
  • 12 oz ginger beer
  • 12 oz lime La Croix
  • ~ 1 cup of ice

Instructions:

  • 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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