Whether you’re abstaining from alcohol, you’ve finally hopped on the paleo bandwagon, or you simply want something special to sip with the family, a mocktail is the perfect way to cool down this summer without any alcohol.
There are plenty of mocktail recipes around calling for fun and fancy ingredients like ginger syrup, smoked salt, or blood orange bitters. But don’t fret if you don’t have a fully stocked bar. The mockatail recipes below are pretty simple and call for just a few seasonal ingredients you can find at your local farmers market. And when you’re working with fresh, seasonal fruit you really only need to add a little sweetener (if any), so these are pretty healthy, too. Cheers to that!
3 Summery Mocktail Recipes
- 4 cups frozen watermelon cubes
- 1/4 cup sugar (to taste)
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 2-3 limes)
- up to 1/4 cup water
- 4 lime slices or watermelon wedges, for garnish
- Cube the watermelon and place in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to freeze, at least 4 hours.
- Place frozen watermelon, sugar, and lime juice in blender. Puree, adding water if needed until a thick, smooth texture forms.
- Garnish with lime slices or watermelon wedges and serve.
- 6 Tablespoons unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 2-3 Tablespoons local honey
- Juice of 1 large lemon
- small handful fresh blackberries
- 6 fresh mint leaves
- 4 cups water or club soda
- Add all ingredients except water to a large jar or pitcher. Mash gently with a wooden spoon (or a muddler if you have one) to release berry and mint juices. Add water and stir well.
- Serve over ice.
- 8 cups of water, divided
- 6 hibiscus tea bags*
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
- 8-10 strawberries, mashed or pureed
- Bring water to a boil, remove from heat and add tea bags.
- Let steep for 20 minutes, then remove tea bags. Add sugar, stirring to dissolve.
- Pour into pitcher then add 4 cups cold water, lemon juice, and strawberries. Stir and serve over ice.
- *I like Tazo Passion or Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger