When it comes to enjoying summer picnics and barbeques sober, you can do a lot better than non-alcoholic beer and wine or even soda. There are tastier, healthier and more creative options. If you’re avoiding alcohol, be the one who is known for bringing the fun, alcohol-free beverages. Put as much effort into coming up with a few favorite recipes as you did perfecting your favorite cocktail. Drinkers and non-drinkers alike will love these summer sippers!
A simple mixture of fruit juices, citrus and chopped fruit, non-alcoholic sangria may be even tastier than the traditional version. Mix and allow a few hours to steep. Serve chilled in goblets.
Guests and fellow partygoers will applaud your willingness to provide this cold brew. Iced coffee is easy to make at home and a perfect drink to enjoy in the afternoon as a pick me up. Make decaf for evening events and bring a side of half-and-half or heavy cream, as well as a bottle of simple syrup.
Iced Teas and Tisanes
Traditional black tea is a staple of summer, but any tea or herbal blend can make a great summer drink. Try steeping green tea, or experiment with other steep-able plants and herbs like dried hibiscus flowers or fresh rosemary.
Infused waters, as you see at many spas, are hydrating and refreshing and make drinking water a little more exciting. Fill a large glass container with water and ice, and add slices of cucumber, strawberries or citrus fruits like lemons, limes or oranges.
Homemade lemonade is a treat and tastes far better than the store-bought varieties. Spice things up by making limeade instead, and add herbs that pair well with citrus like basil, rosemary or lavender.
Go beyond basic club soda with a fruit juice spritzer. Juice your favorite fruits in a juicer and top with soda water for a drink that’s refreshing, colorful, fizzy and free of added sugar. Serve in a fun glass with a straw.
Virgin Daiquiris, Margaritas and Piña Coladas
If you have a blender and you’re not afraid to use it, whip up a batch of one of these traditional cocktails minus the alcohol. Don’t’ forget the tiny umbrellas.
Fizzy Berry Smoothie, aka the Meg Ryan
Berries, soda water, a touch of honey and a squeeze of lemon blend to form a refreshing berry drink that’s healthy, packed with antioxidants and very refreshing. Stick the ingredients in the blender and voila!