Summer heat means cool drinks long into the evening – but you don’t always want to have a beer or a glass of wine. Why not soak up the summer sun with some refreshingly delicious non-alcoholic drinks?
Here are five flavourful non-alcoholic drinks, curated from the worldwide web, for everyone to enjoy!
Apple, elderflower & mint sprinkle
All you need for this floral-minty punch are a few basic ingredients and you are good to go!
- 75ml elderflower cordial
- 1ltr cloudy apple juice
- Few sprigs of mint
- Sparkling water
For a grown-up non-alcoholic drink, mix elderflower cordial with cloudy apple juice. Add a small handful of mint leaves, stir well, then pour into a chilled flask.
Pour half glasses of the juice and top up with sparkling water.
This one is a spin on the classic mint-lime cocktail, with the added richness of pomegranate.
- 3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
- Big handful of mint leaves
- 2 limes, quartered and slices to garnish
- 1ltr pomegranate juice
- 500ml lemonade
A day ahead, divide the pomegranate seeds between the holes in an ice cube tray, top up with water and freeze.
Reserve half the mint for serving and tear the rest into a large jug with the lime quarters. Using a rolling pin, bash the mint and lime to release the flavours. Add the pomegranate juice and lemonade. Put ice cubes in each glass, then strain over the pomegranate mix through a small sieve. Garnish with lime slices and more mint.
Chill-Out Honeydew Cucumber Slushy
This one is a healthy and stylish party starter and an ideal way to cool down on a hot summer day.
- 4 cups honeydew, rind removed cut into 1-inch pieces, frozen
- 2 ½ cups coconut water
- 1/3 cup mint leaves
- 2tbsp fresh lime juice
- ½ tsp salt
- 6 oz cucumber, peeled & cut into 1-inch pieces, plus slices for garnish
Blend honeydew, coconut water, mint, lime juice, salt, 6 oz. cucumber, and 2 cups ice in a blender until smooth. Divide among glasses, then garnish with cucumber slices.
Do Ahead: Slushy can be made 1 hour ahead. Store in blender jar in freezer, then re-blend on high speed to reincorporate.
A perfect twist on the classic mojito, this fruity mojito is summer in a glass, with the tartness of blackberries and the freshness of mint.
- 1/2 packed fresh mint leaves
- 1 granulated sugar
- 1 Water
- 1 blackberries
- 1 granulated sugar
- 1/2 lime juice
- 2cans seltzer
- Fresh mint, for garnish
In a small pot using a wooden spoon or using a mortar and pestle, crush mint leaves. Add sugar and water and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Let boil 3 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, then strain out mint leaves, pressing with a wooden spoon to help release all liquid.
In a small bowl, add blackberries and sugar, and using a wooden spoon, crush blackberries until broken down.
Divide blackberries between 4 glasses and add 2 tablespoons simple syrup and 2 tablespoons lime juice to each glass. Fill glasses with ice and top off with seltzer, then garnish with mint.
This is a lemonade with a watermelon twist – simple, sweet, and pink, you cannot go wrong with this one!
- 1 large or 2 small watermelons
- 250ml lemon juice
- 100gm golden caster sugar
- 1ltr soda water
- 1 lime, sliced
- Small bunch of mint leaves
- Crushed ice
Cut the top off the watermelon and hollow it out using a large spoon, fishing out any pips along the way. Mash the flesh through a sieve into a bowl. Put the flesh in a blender (or use a tall jug and hand blender) with the lemon juice and sugar, whizz to a purée, then stir in the soda.
Heap some ice into the hollowed-out watermelon and fill it with the lemonade mixture. Serve the rest in a jug with the lime slices and mint. Keep a bowl of extra crushed ice on the side for people to help themselves.