Summer-Inspired Mocktail Recipes

Whether you don’t normally drink or you simply want to enjoy a cocktail without the tipsy side effects, a mocktail – also called a virgin cocktail or a non-alcoholic cocktail – is the perfect summer drink to sip by the poolside or while getting your tan on.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite refreshing mocktail recipes for you to mix up this summer…read on for our top picks.

Mojito Mocktail

When we think of refreshing summer cocktails, we can’t help but think of mojitos. This traditional Cuban punch contains a flavourful mix of white rum, sugar, mint, lime juice and soda water, but you can skip the booze to make a virgin version.

This recipe walks you through mixing together your own mojito mocktail. It’s simple: a tablespoon of sugar, three juiced limes and a small bunch of mint, plus enough crushed ice and soda water to create the perfect ice-cold summer beverage.

Frozen Margarita Mocktail

This recipe puts a non-alcoholic spin on the classic frozen margarita. This mocktail’s icy slush-like texture will go down a treat in even the hottest weather.

You’ll need to steep sugar and coriander seeds in boiling water, then stir in cider vinegar, vanilla and, eventually, lime juice. Freeze the mixture for two to three hours, then add it into a blender along with coconut water. Blitz it all until it becomes slushy, then start sipping!

Strawberry Daquiri Mocktail

A strawberry daquiri is the perfect summer cocktail, and with this mocktail version, the whole family can enjoy it as well.

For this recipe, you’ll need both frozen and fresh strawberries, lime juice, maple syrup (or another sweetener of choice) and non-alcoholic rum. All you need to do next is blend it all together for a cooling, creamy daquiri you’ll want to make over and over again.

Piña Colada Mocktail

What better summer cocktail is there than the piña colada? Hailing from sunny Puerto Rico, this tropical drink is a sweet mix of rum, coconut milk or coconut cream and pineapple juice, with a maraschino cherry and a pineapple wedge for an attractive garnish.

Make an alcohol-free version with this recipe, which walks you through making your own mock rum syrup with dark brown muscovado sugar, pineapple and spices that include peppercorns, cloves and a cinnamon stick. The result is a chilled mocktail to make any staycation feel exotic.

Summer Cup Mocktail

With a name like ‘summer cup mocktail,’ this fruity drink is sure to be a hit this summer and beyond. It’s chock full of red berries, sparkling lemonade, mint and cucumber, with garnishes of chopped fruit and frozen berries. Serve it all over ice and you’ve got yourself a mocktail to help you keep cool in the heat.

To make this summer cup mocktail, you’ll start by boiling chopped up cucumber and mint in water, then throwing in frozen berries and crushing them lightly. Strain the mixture, then pour it into a tall glass along with clear, sparkling lemonade and a handful of ice. Enjoy!

Until next time…