The summer is here, and with it comes the sunshine and outdoor parties. If you’re looking to throw a celebration or just spice up your usual cocktail list, here’s a list of refreshing non-alcoholic drinks and mocktails sure to bring a touch of cool to your festivities. Serve over ice.
Grape Pineapple Mint Fizz
At last, a drink so tasty that it deserves its own made up word: This fresh and fruity beverage is fizztacular. All you need to make this dream come true is some fruit juice, club soda, and fresh mint leaves.
Serving Size: 5 ounces
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened grape juice
- 1 6 – ounce can unsweetened pineapple juice
- 2 cups club soda, chilled
- Ice cubes
- Fresh mint sprigs (optional)
- Put all the mint leaves in a pitcher. Using a large spoon, stir and bruise the leaves lightly. Pour in some grape juice and pineapple juice and stir. Cover the top and refrigerate.
- Strain the mint from the mixture and discard the leaves. Add the club soda and stir. One option for garnishes is to add some fresh mint sprigs. Serve over ice and you should have enough for six servings.
Rainbow Coconut Water Spritzer
This drink has all the colors, and tastes, of the rainbow. It’s like a coconut water sangria, sans the wine and sans the calories. Coconut water has several vitamins and nutrients and has even been linked to reduced risk for heart disease, kidney stones, and diabetes.
You’ll need at least a handful of each of the following fruits:
- Lime slices
- Fresh Mint
16 oz. Coconut Water
8 oz. Flavored Coconut or Vanilla Seltzer Water (La Croix Recommended)
- Fill a glass with crushed ice and add each fruit in layers to create the rainbow. Once filled, add a little more ice at the top of the glass and add roughly 4 ounces of coconut water.
- Top off the mixture with some flavored seltzer water. Garnish with some fresh mint leaves for a little extra character.
This mocktail makes excellent use of our favorite citrusy fruits: Oranges, limes, and grapefruit. An optional way to spice up the sophistication of this drink is too peel some slices corkscrew style and use as garnish.
Serving Size: ¾ Cup
- 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 -2 tablespoons honey
- 1 12 – ounce bottle sparkling water, chilled
- Long, thin strips of orange peel, grapefruit peel, and/or lime peel, curled (optional)
- To serve, pour juice mixture into four champagne glasses. Add sparkling water and stir lightly to mix. If desired, garnish with citrus peel strips. Makes 4 (3/4 cup each) servings.
- After chilling, pour your mixture into four glasses. You can also add sparkling water and garnish with corkscrew peels of orange, grapefruit, and lime.
Lavender Mint Lemonade
Lavender Mint? Chances are you may have not experienced a drink of this caliber before. This one requires a bit of preparation but in the end is well worth the trouble.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3 teaspoons dried culinary lavender
- 2 sprigs fresh lavender
- 3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 1 cup lavender syrup
- 1 big handful of fresh mint
- lemon slices for garnish
- fresh lavender sprigs for garnish
Mix sugar, water, and lavender in a saucepan over low-medium heat. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved and bring the saucepan to a low simmer. Cook for a minute. Turn off the flame and let the saucepan cool down. After it has cooled down a bit, strain to remove the lavender. Store in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Combine lemon juice, syrup, and water in a large pitcher and stir. Add sugar or lemon juice depending on how sweet or sour you want the final product to be. Once you’ve stirred the mixture sufficiently, add a handful of mint leaves and refrigerate for an hour before serving. To serve, pour over chilled glasses and add lemon peel or mint leaves for garnish.
Cranberry Agua Fresca
There’s something innately better about using the word “fresca” instead of fresh. When you add it to the end of Cranberry Agua, it gets even better! This is a super low calorie, super satisfying drink for the summer.
- 12 ounces (3/4 pound) fresh cranberries (may use defrosted from frozen)
- 1/4 cup fresh mint (stems and leaves)
- 3 cups water
- Fresh cranberries for garnish (optional)
- Fresh mint for garnish (optional)
- Mix the cranberries, water, and mint in a high powered blender on high for 3 minutes. You keep it in so long because you want the result to be completely smooth and dark red.
- Pour the final mixture through a strainer into a large pitcher with ice.
- Serve over ice and garnish with fresh mint and cranberries.
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