We’re all about the summer cookouts complete with grilled veggies, burgers, brats and more, but don’t forget about the perfect drink to accompany your meal! Impress your friends and family with a perfectly designed mocktail that incorporates the fruits, flavors and even colors that remind us of summer. Perfect these beautiful beverages early, so that you can impress your friends and family all summer long!
1. Simple — Cranberry Spritzer
1 64-oz. bottle of cranberry juice cocktail
1 2-liter bottle lemon-lime soda
Lemon and/or lime slices
Pour both the juice and the soda into a large pitcher
Stir to mix liquids together
Chill and serve with citrus slices!
2. Moderate — Blackberry Mocktail
1/2 cup fresh blackberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup pre-made lemonade
juice of one lemon
In a saucepan, mash blackberries with a fork until broken down into small bits.
Next, add sugar, water and lemonade to saucepan and bring to a simmer.
Let the mix simmer for approx. 10 minutes.
Strain the mix to remove the blackberry bits and add the lemon juice to the liquid. Refrigerate until cool.
Next, add ice cubes to your glasses and pour the liquid evenly into each.
Add club soda to fill each glass.
Add lemon slices and extra blackberries to finish it off! Mint is a great touch, too!
3. Expert — Sparkling Cucumber Limeade
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. lime zest
1 cup water
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup lime juice
1 sliced cucumber
2 cups sparkling water
Combine sugar, lime zest and water in a saucepan and put on medium heat.
Bring mix to a simmer, stirring constantly until sugar is disolved.
Remove from heat and stir in mint leaves. Let sit for 30 min. (This will turn into a syrupy consistency.)
Strain the lime syrup through a fine mesh sieve.
Combine syrup with lime juice and let chill.
Pour into glasses and add sliced cucumber, sparkling water and ice.