Many people enjoy consuming alcohol in the summer, whether at gatherings or at home.
Choosing alcohol-free mocktails can help you reduce your alcohol consumption while enjoying fun beverages.
Here are 7 mocktail recipes to help limit alcohol and sugar while you keep partying.
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Alcohol may be present at your summer parties, but it’s not a healthy option. Alcoholic beverages can have more calories than you expect, and drinking alcohol can also alter blood sugar and lead to intoxication. Drinking mocktails can be an alcohol-free way to enjoy a drink or two without the negative effects of alcohol. Here are 5 mocktail recipes to try.
1. Virgin Mary
A Bloody Mary is a lower-sugar choice for a cocktail, and a Virgin Mary lets you have the spicy flavors without alcohol. You can garnish this beverage with all kinds of choices, such as
hard-boiled eggs, celery stalks, olives, lemon wedges, or sprigs of herbs.
2 cups of tomato juice
¼ cup of lemon juice
½ teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
Black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon of hot sauce, or to taste
1 tablespoon of celery salt
½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
1 tablespoon of horseradish
Mix the ingredients together and chill.
Pour the mixture into glasses with ice. Garnish as desired for serving.
2. Berry Kombucha Mojito
Using kombucha gives the mocktail a fermented ingredient without including a lot of alcohol. This recipe has strawberries for the foundation, with your choice of raspberries or blackerries to enhance the flavor.
2 cups of strawberries, sliced or quartered
⅓ cup of fresh or frozen raspberries, blackberries, or mixed berries
Handful of mint leaves
2 cups of kombucha
1 cup of sparkling water
¼ cup of lime juice
Puree the strawberries, mint leaves, and lime juice together, and distribute them among four glasses with ice.
Add the other berries and sparkling water evenly to each glass.
3. Cucumber Honeydew Cooler
What can you do with an excess of cucumbers and melon? Make this delicious cooler! You can use honeydew melon, cantaloupe, watermelon, or pineapple.
4 cups of ripe honeydew melon, cubed and frozen
1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
2 cups of sparkling water
Ice cubes made from unsweetened coconut milk
Fresh mint or basil leaves
Juice from 1 lime
Pinch of kosher salt
1 small cucumber, peeled and in cubes
Cucumber slices for garnish
Blend the melon, coconut milk, mint or basil leaves, lime juice, and peeled cucumber in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Pour the mixture into glasses that have coconut milk ice cubes in them. Distribute the sparkling water between the glasses.
Garnish with cucumber slices before serving.
4. Chili Lime Mango Mocktail
This is a sweet and spicy drink that has no added sugar. You can add pineapple puree or swap pineapple for the mango. You can also use lime-flavored sparkling water instead of plain if you want a stronger lime taste.
1 teaspoon of chili powder
¾ teaspoon of sea salt
2 sliced limes, plus lime wedge for rimming
Flesh from 2 ripe mangos, pureed
Handful of mint leaves
2 cups of sparkling water
Mix the salt and chili powder on a plate. Rim the glasses with the lime wedge to wet them, and dip them into the salt mixture. Set the glasses aside and let them dry.
Distribute the mango, mint leaves, and sparkling water in each glass. Add ice to each glass and serve.
5. Sparkling Citrus Mocktail
This fizzy drink has no added sugar, and you can alter it according to your tastes and what you have on hand. You can use tangerine juice instead of orange or grapefruit juice, for example. Add a tablespoon of sugar or a couple of packets of low-calorie sweetener if you want your mocktail to be sweeter.
2 cups of soda water
½ cup of grapefruit juice
½ cup of orange juice
Bunch of mint leaves
Lime for garnish
Mix the soda water and citrus juices together.
Pour them over ice in glasses.
Add mint leaves, and serve with lime wedges.
6. Salted Lemon Watermelon Slush
This is a great way to use up your watermelon and have a cold, refreshing beverage without added sugar. You can make it with more or less ice according to your tastes. If you want it colder, add more ice.
8 cups of cut watermelon, or about half of a large watermelon
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
Juice from 1 lemon
Lemon wedges for serving
Use a blender or food processor to puree the watermelon.
Mix the watermelon with salt and lemon juice.
Place the mixture in the freezer for 1 hour.
Add the watermelon mixture to glasses with ice in them, and serve with lemon wedges.
7. Non-Alcoholic Watermelon Mimosa
A mimosa is a simple yet elegant drink. Take your mimosa to the next level with this watermelon-flavored version of a non-alcoholic mimosa. When you use ripe watermelon, the drink becomes sweeter without adding sugar. You can also use cantaloupe or honeydew melon, though you may want to increase the sparkling water just a bit if you do.
3 cups of cubed watermelon
1 cup of orange juice
1 cup of cold plain sparkling water or unsweetened lime-flavored sparkling water
Mint leaves, optional
Orange slices for a garnish
Puree the watermelon in a food processor or blender.
Add the orange juice, and pulse to mix.
Pour the mixture into glasses. Add the sparkling water and mint leaves, if using.
Serve with orange slices on the rim of the glasses.
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