8 Delicious Non-Alcoholic Beverages and ‘Mocktails’ to Beat the Heat

8 Delicious Non-Alcoholic Beverages and ‘Mocktails’ to Beat the HeatWhen 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!

Non-Alcoholic Sangria

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.

Iced Coffee

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.

Spa Water

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

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.

Spritzers

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!

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