07 Jun Refreshing Summer Mocktails
Teens are hanging out by the pool, having fun, and feeling unrestricted by a school schedule. Commercials and pop culture portray this time of season in conjunction with ‘the refreshing taste of an ice cold beer’ or the aesthetic of a margarita by the water. Instead of shying away from the images surrounding our society, choose instead to offer your teen safe and satisfying alternatives.
Enter: the mocktail, a non-alcoholic version of popular cocktails. Drinks don’t have to be taboo. Mocktails acknowledge that alcoholic drinks can be enticing, but there are better options for those under 21.
Below are recipes for easy to make mocktails. Help your teen make a drink or become mixologists and mix your own fruity concoction.
Virgin Watermelon Margarita
- 1 medium seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
- .5 cup fresh lime juice
- 4 tsp agave
- 5 tbsp sparking water
In a blender, puree enough watermelon chunks so that you have 4 cups of watermelon puree. Add lime juice and agave and mix again. Pour into 4 cups. Top with sparkling water.
Margarita Mocktail Recipe
- 2 cups limeade
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup simple syrup
- 1/2 – 1 cup club soda
- Sugar and coarse salt for rim
- Limes for garnish
In a small pitcher, mix together limeade, orange juice and simple syrup.
Mix together equal parts sugar and coarse salt and pour onto a plate.
Slice lime and run lime slice around the rim of each glass and then dip it into the sugar/salt mixture to coat the rim of the glass. Fill glass 1/2 full with ice. Pour limeade mixture into glass, almost to the top of each glass.
Top off the glasses with a little club soda.
Add a lime wedge to squeeze into each drink.
- 3 ounces tomato juice
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- Dash Worcestershire sauce
- Celery salt
- Ground pepper (freshly ground)
- 2 dashes hot sauce (Tabasco or Cholula)
- Garnish: Celery stalk
Pour everything right into the glass and stir well. Serve with a celery stalk.
- 6-8 mint leaves
- Handful of fresh blueberries
- 2 oz of lime juice
- 2 oz of simple syrup
- Splash of club soda
Lightly muddle blueberries. Add all ingredients and ice in a shaker. Shake and serve.
Rosemary Blueberry Smash
- 7-8 blueberries
- 1 rosemary sprig, stripped
- 1 oz honey syrup
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice, strained
- 4 oz sparkling mineral water
Gently muddle blueberries, rosemary leaves, and honey syrup in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add lemon juice and shake, covered, with ice vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain through a mesh strainer into a tall glass of fresh ice. Top with sparkling water and stir to incorporate.