Every week we pull together some great Canadian recipes from Canadian food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. This week it's time for summer mocktails! We've got over 15 non-alcoholic summer cocktail recipe ideas!
Summertime and the livin' is easy... the patio is ready, the grill is primed and you're ready to kick back with your feet in a pool with something cold in your had to sip on.
Well look no further! We've rounded up 17 refreshing summer sippers that are great for any occasion. They're so tempting you won't even notice what's missing... the alcohol!
We've got a collection of 17 summer mocktails that run the gamut from being kid friendly to having surprisingly complex, adult flavour profiles. From a sophisticated Smoked Mango Habanero Virgin Mojito to a fun family friendly Strawberry Watermelon Punch there's something for everyone here.
Simple Syrup Is The Summer Mocktail's Best Friend
Simple syrup is the base for many cocktails and one you're going to want to have on hand all summer long. See our primer on making your own Simple Syrups so you're always prepared. Summer offers up so many opportunities to get creative with your simple syrups. Just visit your herb garden for mint, basil, thyme, rosemary, lavender or whatever catches your fancy.
Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruits all make a great simple syrup but don't forget to check out summer fruits like strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, cherries... the list is endless. Experiment and get inspired for the types of drinks you can make with these flavoured syrups. They'll keep in the fridge for several weeks!
Tips For Allergy Friendly Summer Mocktails
Don't let allergies ruin the summer fun or stop you from serving your guests up something special. Check out our article on how to make allergy friendly healthy summer mocktails so you can make sure there's something for everyone at the bar this summer.
1. Frozen Basil Peach Bellini Mocktail
We're kicking it off with the classic summer patio cocktail - the peach bellini! The Delicious Spoon has created this icy cold Frozen Basil Peach Bellini mocktail that's a perfect patio sipper for everyone! All the peachy slush mixed with a delicious basil infused simple syrup.
2. Smoked Mango and Habanero Virgin Mojito
Smoked Mango in a cocktail? We can't wait to dive in! Cooking Sutra's Smoked Mango and Habanero Virgin Mojito is awash in sophisticated flavours that are a mix of tangy, salty and sweet that are designed to cool you right down!
3. Almost Aperol Spritz
If you dig a bitter flavour profile in your cocktails then Dish 'n' the Kitchen's Almost Aperol Spritzer is the booze free drink for you this summer. She's made this classic orange flavoured drink with a roasted grapefruit simple syrup to take that bitter profile up a few notches. The syrup is also infused with fresh thyme and rosemary for a sophisticated summer drink - that's booze free!
4. Jalapeñ0 Margarita Mocktail
by Food Mamma
This is a perfect patio drink for a Mexican feast. Food Mamma created this Jalapeño Margarita Mocktail with a jalapeño simple syrup so that it has just the right mix of sweet and spice to give you the warm fuzzies without killing your tastebuds. Perfect for getting festive on the deck!
5. Earl Grey with Grapefruit and Honey Mocktail
by Kelly Neil
This refreshing Early Grey with Grapefruits Honey summer sipper from Kelly Neil combines Earl Grey tea with a little extra citrus from a grapefruit and honey simple syrup. Garnished with kumquats it's a refreshing citrus-y drink for summer afternoons.
6. Matcha Mojito
Sticking with tea for a few more minutes, The Teacup of Life has created a perfect way to turn your Matcha Monday summer friendly and booze free with her Matcha Mojito. With a mix of matcha, maple syrup, limes and mint this makes for a fun twist on the mojito.
7. Miami Vice Mocktail
Roll up your sleeves, put on your boat shoes, slick some gel in your hair and get ready for a Miami Vice Mocktail from Food Meanderings. This is a fun mix of pina colada and strawberries that even the kiddos will love. Makes for a great poolside drink!
8. Saudi Champagne
by Kiku Corner
This Saudi Champagne from Kiku Corner is perfect for any time you need a non-alcoholic bevvie to toast a special occasion (it would be perfect for a baby shower!). It's also a kid friendly sparkling drink when the kids want in on the celebrations.
9. Pineapple Tepache
Pineapple Tepache from Urb'n'Spice is a short fermentation sparkling drink. Unlike Kombucha, it only takes three days to ferment! It's also a great way to use up pineapple rinds in the fermentation process. Combine the rinds with some warm spices like cloves, cinnamon and vanilla bean pods and a few other ingredients and let it do its thing!
10 Strawberry No-Jito
These Strawberry No-Jitos from Woman in Real Life are a perfect sparkling drink for the whole family to enjoy for Canada Day or a BBQ. They have a little fizz, a sweet flavour and family friendly flavours like strawberries and mint!
11. Strawberry Watermelon Punch
Strawberry Watermelon Punch from Delicious on a Dime is another non-alcoholic drink with a more family friendly profile. Strawberry and watermelon are two kid favourites so this is one the whole family will love!
More Summer Mocktail Recipes
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