The Perfect Refreshing- Mocktails

Here are 6 great mocktails recipes for your next cookout that grown-ups and kids alike will love!We get it. While cocktails are lots of fun, sometimes a day at the beach with too many alcoholic beverages can really wear you out. Or perhaps you’ve got kids around, or pregnant people, and you just want everyone to enjoy the celebrations. That’s where mocktails come in. They’re fun like cocktails but without a drop of alcohol in them. If you’re having a get together and want to make it more memorable, instead of serving plain old lemonade, boring juices or sugary sodas, try these!

Strawberry Mocktini
½ ounce simple syrup ½ ounce ginger base 1 strawberry 5 mint leaves Orange and lemon wedge

Muddle the strawberry with simple syrup and ginger base. Add the mint leaves, the orange wedge and lemon wedges. Add ice and shake before straining into a martini glass. Refreshment Cooler 4 cups of coconut water 2 very thinly-sliced cucumbers ½ cup lime juice ¼ cup of sugar ¼ cup chopped mint leaves

Combine all ingredients. Allow to chill for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

Berry-Cool Cooler
1 cup blueberries 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 lemon, juiced Water, to taste

In a large saucepan, place blueberries, sugar and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the solids from the juice with a fine mesh sieve. Pour about 1 ounce of the syrup into a glass filled with crushed ice. Then, pour the lemon juice into the glass, taking care not to mix the ingredients. Fill the glass with water, very slowly until it is full.

Mock-jito
4 cups of coconut water 2 very thinly sliced cucumbers ½ cup of lime juice ¼ cup of chopped mint leaves ¼ cup of sugar Wedges of lime for garnish

Combine the coconut water, cucumbers, lime juice, mint leaves and sugar. Allow to chill for several hours. Serve with wedges of lime if desired.

Floridian Fizz
1 ounce of mango syrup ½ ounce of fresh-squeezed lime juice Roughly 4 – 5 ounces of seltzer Wedges of lime for garnish

Pour ingredients over a cup filled ¾ of the way full of ice. Stir well and garnish with wedges of lime.

Watermelon Cooler
4 cups of cubed watermelon Juice from ½ a lime 6 mint leaves, plus more for garnish ice

Blend the watermelon and lime juice until smooth. Use a sieve to strain, and a spatula to push the juice through. Discard the solids or reserve them for use in another recipe. In the bottom of each glass, muddle mint leaves. Add ice to glasses, if desired. Pour juice in glasses and serve.

Try any of these as Poptails too. Just freeze these mocktails recipes in Popsicle molds for a super-cool way to beat the summer heat!

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