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Non-alcoholic Cocktails to Brighten Your Summer

So you’ve decided to abstain from alcohol, maybe you’re driving, or maybe you just want to share some fancy drinks that the kids can enjoy too. Whatever’s happening, you’re probably imagining something that can be enjoyed on a tropical beach – even while you’re still at home.

We’ve compiled a list of the tastiest and snazziest mocktails you can make at home with readily available ingredients and not too much fuss. The secret to making a delicious non-alcoholic cocktail is to have your ingredients at the ready and then, well… mix it all together. Easy!

Get creative with novelty shaped ice cube trays, brightly coloured straws and by experimenting with interesting drinking vessels. If these don’t get you in the mood for summer, we don’t know what will.

Watermelon Lemonade

There are so many variations on the classic lemonade. You can have it pink, cloudy, raspberry, orange or ginger – trust us, we’ve seen them all. This refreshing and sweet adaptation of the classic is pretty and pink. Make sure you blitz the watermelon in a blender and then push it through a sieve to make your mouthwatering puree.

What you’ll need
700g sliced seedless watermelon (approx)
Zest of 1 lemon
200ml fresh lemon juice
120ml honey
350ml cold water
1 lemon to garnish

Iced Fruit Punch

This classic punch is easy to make, it tastes delicious and it looks like pure fun in a cup. While the ingredients may be simple, you can make your glass a show-stopper by cutting up tropical fruits and piling them high on a straw. For an extra-special touch, use novelty fruit shaped ice cube trays.

What you’ll need
1.5L assorted fruit juices frozen into ice cubes
700ml ginger ale
700ml soda water

Mango Peach Fizz

If you want something sweet, refreshing and summery, this tasty mango and peach fizz is the one for you. Simply combine the mango, peach, fruit juice and sugar in a blender and top with soda water.

What you’ll need
1 ripe mango
1 large ripe peach
120ml unsweetened mango, peach, or orange juice
1 tbsp. sugar
Soda water

Pineapple Cooler

Reminiscent of an iced tea, the pineapple cooler might take a little more preparation than the others on the list, but we can guarantee it’s worth it. After creating the puree by boiling up all the ingredients together, serve over lots of ice and decorate with floral scented herbs. You’re going to want to take a picture of this amazing concoction straight away.

What you’ll need
1 large fresh pineapple cut into 1-inch pieces
280g sugar
1L of cold water
60ml fresh lemon juice
11 sprigs of fresh lavender, rosemary, or lemon verbena to garnish

Virgin Margarita

Frozen or on the rocks, this easy recipe delivers the same sweet and sour lime punch as its alcoholic equivalent. For a classic Margarita touch, dip the rim of your glass in sugar or salt and garnish with lime.

What you’ll need
200ml orange juice
200ml lime juice
600ml sour mix

Creamy Colada

A take on the classic Pina Colada, this tropical blend of coconut and pineapple will have you imagining you’re soaking up the sun at a beach bar in no time. Have fun garnishing with paper umbrellas and wedges of pineapple.

What you’ll need
400ml pineapple juice
100ml grapefruit juice
100ml lemon juice
100ml apple juice
200ml coconut cream
Double cream to top
Desiccated coconut to garnish

Virgin Caipirinha

For a taste of South America, mix up a virgin version of Brazil’s national cocktail. While ‘caipirinha’ may be hard to pronounce, this zesty mocktail is very easy to drink. Dip the rim of your glass in sugar and garnish with sprigs of fresh mint for a polished finish.

What you’ll need
1 lime, diced
1 lemon, diced
1 orange, diced
2 teaspoons sugar
Ginger ale

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