Top 5 Summer Mocktail Recipes
The sun is finally starting to come out making it the perfect time of year to try out these summer mocktail recipes. Perfect for having over your lunch at work to avoid getting foggy headed in the afternoon, or in the evening on the terrace with a good book which will be much easier to focus on without your gin-eyes playing up! For those that don’t know, a mocktail is simply a cocktail with no alcohol in.
Here are 5 of my favourite healthy mocktail recipes, but please let us know if you have any other suggestions!
1. Rosemary-Infused Cucumber Lemonade
- 3 large cucumbers
- 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary, plus 4 sprigs to use as a garnish
- 1 cup of water
- ½ a cup of lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons of agave syrup
- Cut 12 thin slices of cucumber for garnish
Peel and chop the rest of the cucumber; put in a food processor, then add rosemary and puree. Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer over a medium bowl or large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all the juice. Add water, lemon juice and agave syrup to the cucumber juice; stir until the agave is dissolved.
Divide into 4 ice-filled glasses for you and your friends!
Garnish with cucumber slices and rosemary sprigs.
2. Non-Alcoholic Raspberry Mojito
- 3-4 fresh raspberries, plus more for a garnish!
- 5-6 mint leaves
- Granulated sugar
- Cup of water
- ¼ cup raspberry juice (or you could use cranberry & raspberry juice)
- 2 tbsp. Fresh lime juice
- ½ cup club soda or sparkling mineral water
Combine 1 cup of granulated sugar with 1 cup of water (equal parts) in a medium sauce pan.
Heat over a medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool.
In a tall glass, add raspberries, mint leaves and the syrup mixture you’ll have just created in the saucepan.
Squish together with the back of a wooden spoon well until the mint, syrup and raspberries are well combined. If possible, try not to break apart the mint leaves so they stay whole and don’t ruin the effect of the mocktail!
Fill the glass with ice. Transfer to a martini glass if you’d prefer!
Add raspberry juice, then lime juice, and top up with soda.
Garnish with a lime wedge or additional raspberries if you like!
3. Lavender Lemonade
- Light coloured honey
- Dried lavender
- Strained lemon juice
Bring water and honey to boil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
Gently crush the lavender in a mortar and pestle or in a bowl with a meat tenderiser. Add lavender to the pot and remove from the heat.
Cover, refrigerate and steep for 2 hours.
Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve.
Stir in the lemon juice and serve over ice.
For an interesting twist that’ll really impress your friends, you could make ice cubes with lavender sprigs in them. Just add some small sprigs to the water in ice cube trays before freezing!
4. Blueberry Cooler
- 1 lemon
Place blueberries, sugar and water in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.
Strain the solids from the juice with a fine sieve and set the solids aside.
Pack a glass with crushed ice to the top.
Pour lemon juice in the bottom of the glass, being mindful not to mix the ingredients.
Fill the glass with water, slowly adding until full.
5. Jamaican Mojito
- Fresh Mint and strawberries
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 1/2 oz ginger syrup
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- 3 oz Jamaican Ginger Beer (alcohol free)
In a Tall Collins/pint glass, place the strawberries, mints, lime juice, and simple syrup, then muddle.
Add the pineapple juice and ice.
Shake and pour into glass.
Top off with Jamaican Ginger Beer
Garnish with strawberry and lime
Hope you enjoy these Top 5 Summer Mocktail Recipes! Let us know if you have any more suggestions.