Cocktails and mocktails are popular drinks, especially during the summer season. These are handcrafted drinks, with various ingredients that include fruit juices and smoothies.
The main difference between a cocktail and a mocktail is the lack of alcohol in the latter. It doesn’t mean you just remove the alcohol part of a cocktail and serve it as a mocktail. Rather, mocktails need their own creativity and mix of fruit juices to make them delicious. Mocktails also ensure there are no hangovers, so it makes for a great drink on a busy weekday or a weekend cooler.
Here are some recipes you can try this summer, and enjoy with your peers...
- Mango Mule
Put 5 slices of cucumber and honey syrup in your cocktail shaker, add mango puree or mango smoothie with lime juice and mix well. Strain into a glass, add ginger beer to it, and serve this fresh, summer mocktail! What better way to make the best of summer than having mangoes, right?
- Virgin Cucumber
This amazingly refreshing drink will require nearly 2 ounces of soda and around 5 slices of cucumber. You also need an ounce of fresh lime juice available or lemonade, and another ounce of simple syrup.
Mix all the ingredients and shake them with ice. You can serve it in a glass along with crushed ice and savour it fresh!
- Virgin Watermelon Margarita
Another summer cooler that can be easily prepared using four cups of watermelon puree. Put it in a blender and add half a cup of lime juice and 4 tablespoons of agave. Blend together, pour into cups, and add sparkling water on top of it for that extra touch!
4. Lavender Lemonade
For this delicious mocktail, you will require half a cup of honey to 6 cups of water, along with 5 tablespoons of lavender and one cup of fresh lemon juice or lemonade of your choice.
Boil water and honey, crush lavender gently using a mortar and pestle, and put it into the boiled water after you remove it from the heat. Cover the concoction and refrigerate it for two hours. Strain the concoction and add lemon juice before serving!
5. Coconut, Cucumber, Lime, and Mint Cooler
Coconuts in summers are an absolute treat! It's time for you to indulge in our new favourite mocktail which is super easy to make. Add four cups of tender coconut water, half a cup of lime juice, and two thinly sliced cucumbers- Mix all ingredients well with mint leaves and leave for two hours. Serve them cool later.
6. Orange Dark and Stormy
A classic cocktail that is made from rum and ginger beer. You’ll need around 2 ounces of each, with orange wedges and ice. In a glass, crush your orange wedge and add the ice. You can then add the rum and top it off with ginger beer. Stir the cocktail before drinking or serving!
7. Lemon-Lime Cuba Libre
The Cuba Libre is another popular cocktail made from rum and coke. Use your cocktail shaker to mix lemon juice and rum. You can add ice and shake it vigorously. Strain the mixture into a glass and fill it with ice. Top it up with cola and stir it before drinking or serving.
8. Maple Irish Coffee
Coffee is one of the most loved ingredients, even when it comes to cocktails. This one is for all the coffee lovers out there. You’ll need three-quarters of an ounce of maple syrup and around 2 ounces of Irish whiskey. Mix these two in a coffee mug and stir. Add three ounces of freshly made coffee to the mixture and top it up with whipped cream. Enjoy it fresh!
9. Pineapple Coconut Slushy
To make this summer delight, you'll need four ounces of pineapple juice and about two ounces of coconut rum, with one cup of crushed ice. Add all these ingredients to a blender and blend them until they get smooth. You can pour the mixture into a glass and serve fresh!
10. Orange Italian Soda
We feel cocktails feel kind of incomplete without oranges. For this one, you'll need one ounce of orange liqueur and club soda. Add the orange liqueur to a glass of ice, pour club soda to fill the glass, and stir. You can add a bit of cream to it too if you'd like, and serve fresh!
Don't let the summer vibe get to you. Beat the heat with these amazing drinks that you can now make at home with ease. Most of them can be substituted with fruit juices. Smoodies has a wide range of fruit juices that go well with your cocktails and mocktails. Get yourself some of the juices and smoothies to experiment with your drinks and have a fun, juicy, and refreshing Summer!