It is summer, and we all want to enjoy a cool beverage on a hot day. But mocktails are perfect if you’re trying to watch your calories or limit your alcohol intake.
Mocktails are non-alcoholic beverages that use similar ingredients and flavors as cocktails.
Here are mocktail recipes that you should try.
A mojito is a classic Cuban cocktail made with white rum, lime juice, sugar, and mint. It’s an incredibly refreshing drink, but adding some soda water takes it to another level.
*1 lime (wedged)
*8 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
*1 cup chilled soda
Direction: Add lime juice, sugar syrup, and mint leaves to a serving glass. Using either a muddler or spoon, gently crush the mint leaves to allow their essential oils to be released. Slowly add your chilled soda. Add a lemon slice, and a few mint leaves to garnish this mocktail drink. Make your virgin mojito refreshing by adding ice cubes.
The Hawaiian punch is a popular drink with sweet and sour flavors. This recipe uses fresh pineapple juice to give it a tangy taste and coconut water for sweetness.
*1 cup pineapple juice
*1 cup coconut water
*2 cups ice cubes
*1/2 cup water
*2 teaspoons lime juice
*2 teaspoons ginger chopped
Directions: Blend all of the ingredients until completely smooth. Serve immediately.
This cocktail is cool and refreshing but also reasonably low in calories. It’s made with fresh watermelon juice, mint leaves, and agave nectar. It’s so good that you won’t even miss the tequila!
*1 watermelon, cut into chunks and frozen
*4 mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
*1 lime, juice of (about 2 tablespoons)
*4 teaspoon agave nectar (or to taste)
1 Combine all ingredients in a blender.
2 Blend until smooth.
3 Pour into glasses and serve over ice.
With a few ingredients, you can make this recipe quickly and easily. The hibiscus flavorings are sure to impress.
*6 hibiscus tea bags
*1/4 cup honey
*1-1/4 cups of water
*1-2 cups diet lemon-lime soda, chilled
*1/2 cup coconut water
1 Bring the water and honey to a boil in a small saucepan.
2 Stir honey into the warm water and remove the pot from the heat.
3 Add the tea bags and stir.
After four minutes of steeping:
1 Remove the tea bags and allow the mixture to cool completely.
2 In a cocktail shaker, add ice to the tea mixture.
3 Shake vigorously until well chilled after adding coconut water and lime juice.
4 Serve immediately in chilled martini glasses topped with lemon-lime soda.
Rosemary has a lovely taste.
*25ml Rosemary syrup (see below)
*10 blueberries (plus more to garnish)
*25ml Lemon juice
*1 sprig Rosemary
*Sparkling water (top-up)
FOR THE ROSEMARY SYRUP:
*1 sprig Rosemary
Direction: Stir the syrup ingredients in a small pan and simmer for 10 minutes at medium heat. Continue stirring while the syrup bubbles. Be careful not to burn it. Remove from heat, and let cool—strain before using.
Add the blueberries to a cocktail shaker along with the Rosemary syrup, honey, and lemon juice. Add ice and shake thoroughly.
Add fresh ice cubes to a glass, then strain the mix from your shaker into the glass. Add a few blueberries to your drink and top with sparkling water to make it more festive.
What better way to enjoy the summer heat than with a refreshing mocktail? They may be alcohol-free, but these recipes pack just as much flavor!