More Delicious Spring/Summer Mocktails

Summer Mocktails

Warm weather is coming back, and we can’t wait to bask in the sun! We’re ready to kick back with a wonderful, cool drink and let our worries float away on a fresh breeze. So let’s get into some more amazing mocktails to get us into that summery mood.

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

My-oh-my. The Georgia sun sure is heatin’ up today. If I don’t get my hands on a fresh, cool lemonade, I may just fall to pieces.

Old-fashioned lemonade is the perfect summertime drink!

lemonade

What you’ll need:

  • 8 lemons, plus more for garnishing
  • 1-2 cups of sugar, to taste
  • 6 cups of water

To make it into a pink lemonade:

  • A dash of grenadine

or

  • Substitute half the water for cranberry juice

What to do:

  1. Wash your lemons.
  2. Roll them on a hard surface. This makes it easier to juice them!
  3. Juice the lemons with a citrus juicer.
  4. Add the lemon juice, water, juice/grenadine (if using), and sugar to a jug or carafe and stir until the sugar is dissolved. (Alternately, boil the mixture to help the sugar dissolve.)
  5. Leave to cool in the fridge.
  6. Serve with extra slices or wedges of lemon.

Arnold Palmer

The Arnold Palmer is a classic mocktail, named after the famous golfer (yep, a golfer). This one is great for tea-lovers. It’s a super simple drink that feels very vintage-USA.

arnold palmer

What you’ll need:

  • Ice tea
  • Old-fashioned lemonade

What to do:

  1. Brew your tea to your preference and set aside to cool.
  2. Keep in mind that an Arnold Palmer is 50/50 ice tea/lemonade, so make (or pour out from a pre-made mix) your lemonade first, and add an equal amount of your now-brewed and cooled ice tea.
  3. Serve with extra lemon slices.

Man-go Cool Off

A wonderful thing about mango is that you can often get frozen mango in the freezer section of your supermarket, any time of the year. You might be worried it’s less flavourful than fresh mango, but most of the time the flavour is still very present. Getting your mango, pre-frozen makes putting this cool, creamy delight so easy!

Mango

What you’ll need:

  • One cup of frozen mango
  • Honey or another sweetener, to taste
  • Half a cup of (Greek) yoghurt

or

  • Half a cup of milk

What to do:

  1. Pop it all in the blender and serve it up!

Bloody Mara

This one has nothing to do with the original Bloody Mary, but it does use blood orange juice. (Blood orange juice is a great option for summer instead of the classic tomato!)

Blood orange

What you’ll need:

  • 10 blood oranges
  • fresh mint leaves
  • 3 cups of soda water (or tonic water if you like a bolder flavour)

optional:

  • 1/2 cup of sugar

What to do:

  1. Juice your oranges. You’ll hopefully get around three cups of juice from them, but a little more or less is ok.
  2. With a peeler, peel long strips of rind off the oranges.
  3. If you’re not adding sugar, skip ahead to step five. If you want to add sugar to the drink, put it and the juice into a pot and gently bring the mixture to the boil to allow the sugar to dissolve completely.
  4. Let the mixture cool.
  5. Pour the drink with equal parts (sweetened) juice and soda water. Add in your mint leaves and middle the drink up to get that mint flavour to diffuse.
  6. Add the rind slices and any extra orange slices if you like and serve.

Cool-cumber

Cucumber water is a classic summertime beverage for those times that plain water simply won’t do. This summer mocktail takes the simple cucumber water and elevates it to totally new levels! It’s fresh, fruity, rehydrating — everything you need for a casual afternoon in the sun.

cool cumber

What you’ll need:

  • 3 cucumbers
  • 5 limes
  • honey
  • fresh mint leaves
  • fresh ginger (one piece that’s roughly 2cm wide)
  • soda or tonic water, depending on your preference
  • salt

What to do:

  1. Slice the cucumber into chunks.
  2. Juice the limes. Keep one slice of lime for later.
  3. Slice the ginger into smaller pieces.
  4. Put the cucumber chunks, lime juice, ginger, and mint leaves into a blender and blend it until it’s all smooth.
  5. Use the lime slice you saved to wet the rim of your glasses.
  6. Salt the rims of your glasses. The easiest way to do this is to pour some salt onto a small plate and push and wiggle the rim of the glass into it.
  7. Add ice to the glasses.
  8. Pour the mixture over the ice.
  9. Top up with soda or tonic water.
  10. Serve with some slices of cucumber or extra mint leaves

If you have your own amazing summer mocktails, let us know in the comments or on social media!

All original recipes (not the classic, established recipes) come from the author, Paige Riddiford.

Paige Riddiford is a writer and editor from NSW with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong. When not writing, Paige is often found reading, baking cakes, playing video games, or binging whatever's new on Netflix.