Fact: You don’t need alcohol to have fun. With today’s mocktails offering the same sophistication and refreshing punch as their spirited counterparts, you might find that sipping on an elevated, booze-free beverage is just as enjoyable as any craft cocktail. We’ve rounded up five mocktail recipes that are perfect for summer—fun, festive, and totally liquor-less.
One of the appeals of a Moscow mule is the powerful kick of ginger. This ginger-orange mocktail from Southern Living includes orange juice and pineapple juice, showcasing citrus summer sweetness to complement the fizzy spiciness of a non-alcoholic ginger beer. Ideal for a summer soirée, you can prepare ahead of time and top with ginger beer before serving.
While we may not be vacationing in the south of Spain, we can always imagine ourselves there with this refreshing, non-alcoholic sangria. Calling for four different fruits and three different juices, you can customize it to include the produce you love best. With plenty of antioxidants, potassium, and flavor, you’re sure to enjoy this naturally sweet sipper.
Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail
Made with grapefruit juice and vodka, a greyhound often finds itself in the center of summertime fun. But this non-alcoholic grapefruit and rosemary mocktail may give the greyhound a run for its money. Providing just enough sweet and sour, the tartness of the grapefruit juice is nicely balanced with the aromatic rosemary. A total crowd-pleaser, this drink pairs well with baby and bridal showers.
Virgin Piña Colada
It’s just not summer without a frosty drink. With this virgin piña colada recipe, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy the tropical goodness of blended pineapple and coconut. Spoiler alert: This recipe ups the ante with coconut water ice cubes and a heavy hand on the maraschino cherry syrup drizzle. Savor this tasty beverage in your own backyard, but dress it up with a colorful umbrella and twisty straw for a resort-like feel.
Alcohol-Free Mint Julep
The go-to cocktail for Kentucky Derby festivities, the mint julep is typically heavy on the bourbon and light on the sweetness. But this summer, you can get the same minty satisfaction without feeling the weight of the liquor. Made with a mint simple syrup, this alcohol-free mint julep provides fresh flavor and cool comfort all season long.
The Dos and Don’ts of Sun Protection
As you indulge in tasty summer treats, it’s important to remember to lather on the sunscreen. In our recent article, “Sun Protection: The Dos and Don’ts,” we break down what to do and what not to do before embarking on some fun in the sun.