Sunshine, sea and sand are one of life’s finest combinations and there’s nothing better than relaxing with a chilled, refreshing drink. That said, heat and alcohol are rarely the best mixers so if you’re looking for ideas to get cooled down as the temperatures rise, check out this list for some of the best summer cocktails without alcohol.
Tequila free and delicious, the secret to this popular cocktail is the bite of its ingredients. It retains the lime and orange mix, and the iconic salty rim [with a little chilli powder for added oomph] – to sweeten, a dash of agave syrup is perfect, and the effect is complete with some grapefruit and almond. Crushed ice, a good book and comfy chair are the finishing touches.
A quintessential summer cocktail without a drop of alcohol – refreshingly smooth on the palate, it’s like having cooling shade in a glass! It’s a blend of sparkling water – crushed ice is fine to add for extra chill – with delicious chunks of de-seeded watermelon and some just-squeezed lime juice. Agave syrup will reduce tartness, and the ensemble is easy to make in a blender. This cocktail’s great in tall glasses, topped with little melon pieces for garnish.
Redolent of languid summer afternoons, this drink is wonderful for late brunches and laid-back parties. Use a mortar and pestle to crush the dried lavender, and add this to a warmed blend of water and honey. The mixture is refrigerated for a couple of hours, then filtered through a fine sieve. The finishing touch is a generous dash of lemon juice, the mixture poured over ice. Enjoy with friends and fun.
It’s quick and easy to make, but still owns a charming sophistication that makes it ideal for enjoying a meal alfresco. This superfood cocktail needs some slightly squished blueberries linking up with a medium sized glass of soda water. Water and sugar are blended together to give a syrupy sweetness to the mix and completed by lime juice with ice to reduce cloying. An alcohol-free summer cocktail that’s delicious in its beguiling simplicity.
Raspberry bee’s knees
This is a delicious cocktail with a fun name to match those easygoing summer days. There aren’t many ingredients needed for this ultimate palate pleaser – raspberries are synonymous with yumminess. Fill a container with still, filtered water, adding honey and lemon. Pop in a couple of raspberries, and give the mixture a vigorous shake. Pour into tall glasses, then add an extra raspberry to garnish.
A chair on the veranda and tranquil, southern breezes are entirely optional for this classic summer cocktail. They’re great to unwind with, a treat when the sun reaches high. Using a large bowl, combine water with sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice – agitate the mix until the sugar is entirely dissolved and then throw in the mint leaves. Leave it to infuse for an hour or so, then take a water jug filled with plenty of ice. It’s preference whether you want to remove the mint leaves – leaving them will give a stronger minty flavour to the cocktail. A dash of ginger ale and lime soda means the perfect mint julep awaits.
The well-loved Spanish punch is always a welcome addition to summer lunches and dinners. Make sure there’s plenty of this delicious cocktail in a large pitcher to keep the temperature down! Several ingredients combine to give that distinctive sangria taste, starting with adding boiling water to loose-leaf black tea and cinnamon sticks – infuse for 5-10 minutes. Dissolve sugar in the blend, then add the goodies – chopped apple pieces, pomegranate and orange juices, plus slices of orange, lemon and lime. Put the blend in the fridge for several hours, then add sparkling water and ice.
This cocktail has a friendly kick to it, even without the vodka. Pour some ginger beer into a glass with a shot of fresh lime juice – add sugar water as the syrup to sweeten, then round off with soda water. Throw in some ice cubes and finish on a flourish, adding a slice of lime and a sliver of ginger. Sit back, enjoy the tangy kick and stay hydrated for more.
Pineapple and lime mocktail
Show an artistic side by dabbing a honey coated pastry brush in a line down several tumblers. Sprinkle on edible glitter and leave to set in the fridge. Use a cocktail shaker to blend chopped coriander, lime and pineapple juice and some ice. Pour into the prepared tumblers then add ice cubes for chilled paradise in a glass.