We’re about halfway through summer and as per usual, this season is going by WAY too fast. So here at Victoria Emerson, we’re doing our best to try and savor the rest of summer with some refreshing drink recipes.
After testing a few, here are the top four we think you guys would totally LOVE! Best part, they’re all made to be non-alcoholic so everyone can enjoy these refreshing and tasty drinks. Not to worry for those looking for an added punch. Under the recipe, we’ve added the recos for topping it off to make the Adults Only version.
Note: Each recipe makes a pitcher
Lemonade with a Twist
We all know and love a classic lemonade for summer time but we would 10/10 recommend adding a little berry twist to this drink. Blackberry Lemonade is that perfect blend of a citrus drink that’s not too sour, not too sweet, and 100% refreshing.
- 1 ¾ cups sugar + 2 tablespoons
- 2 cups blackberries
- 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice from about 10-12 lemons
- 8-10 cups water
- Ice (to preference)
- Lemon slices and blackberries for garnish
First things first, you’ll need to make a simple syrup to help offset the sour from the lemons. Take the 1 ¾ cups sugar, 1 cup of water, and combine them in a saucepan. Over medium heat, occasionally stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove the pan and let it cool completely.
Now take your blackberries, last 2 tablespoons of sugar, and blend in a blender until smooth. Take the puree that’s been made and pass it through a sieve, getting as much liquid as possible. Whatever is left in the sieve can be tossed.
Juice all your lemons! Hot tip, lemons are juicier when they’re at room temperature than when they’re cold. If your lemons are in the fridge, let them sit out to warm up. When you’re ready, roll them on the counter under your palm to soften them up. Then you’re ready for maximizing juicing! (Don’t forget to remove any seeds that might slip through)
Combine the blackberry puree, the simple syrup, lemon juice, and 8-10 cups of water in a large pitcher. Give it a good stir well and top up with as much ice as you like. Optional: Add some blackberries and lemon slices to the pitcher or serve by the glass with sliced lemons, and blackberries for garnish.
Adult Only:Looking to spice it up? Add an ounce or two of Bourbon to your glass for a classic spiked lemonade combo. If you need a softer flavor you can’t go wrong with Vodka!
Original recipe from: https://houseofnasheats.com/blackberry-lemonade/
Sip and Refresh
- 2 large cucumbers
- 2 cup of water
- 4 limes
- 6 tbsp mint leaves
- 4 tbsp maple syrup
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups of tonic water
Peel and dice both cucumbers, then blend in a blender.
Step 2Add to the cucumber juice: 2 cups of water, the juice of both limes, the pinch of salt, 4 tbsp maple syrup, and 6 tbsp of mint leaves. Blend it all together until it’s smooth.
Step 3Strain the cucumber juice in a sieve and collect the juice in a jug or pitcher. Any leftovers in the sieve can be tossed.
Step 4Add the tonic water and top up with as much ice as you’d like! Optional: Add lime and cucumber to the pitcher or add them to individual glasses as garnish.
Make this mocktail a cocktail by topping it off with sparkling wine or champagne instead of tonic water. It’ll be like a new take on your classic mimosa!
original recipe: https://www.vibrantplate.com/cucumber-lime-mocktail/
A Mango Punch
- 5 Cups mango diced
- 5 1/2 Cups water
- 1 lime juiced
- 1/4 Cup honey
Take all your ingredients, put them in the blender, and blend until nice and smooth. Hot tip! Don’t feel like cutting up a whole mango? Neither did we! Just use frozen mango that typically comes already chopped up.
It’s time for that handy dandy sieve! Strain all the liquid through the sieve and into your pitcher or jug of choice. Anything left in the sieve can be tossed.
Add some fresh lime for little more limey of a punch, store in the fridge and it’s ready to go! Add some lime or mango slices to your glass to enjoy with the drink.
Mango drink? Mango Margarita? I think you know where we’re going with this. An ounce or two of tequila to your glass is really just the natural fit for taking this drink from daytime to nighttime (or daytime too, we don’t judge).
Original recipe: https://xoxobella.com/refreshing-lime-pineapple-agua-fresca/
For Those With a Sweet Tooth
Looking for something with more of a sweet palette? This Watermelon Mojito brings together the classic summer fruit and the refreshing mojito in this non-alcoholic version the whole family will be asking for.
- 6 cups chopped watermelon
- juice of 4 limes
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- 8 fresh mint leaves
- crushed ice
- ginger ale
- club soda
Grab a blender and throw in the watermelon, lime juice, and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Blend it all together until smooth
Take the cups you'd like to use for your drinks and muddle up some mint leaves at the bottom with the last bit of sugar.
Add however much ice you'd like and pour in the blended watermelon, leaving some room for the soda.
Top the glasses off with ginger ale and club soda to taste. If you've got extra mint leaves, pop them on top for a garnish and to add just a little extra minty flavor.
Considering this is based on a classic mojito, there's no way we wouldn't recommend adding a splash of white rum to the mix. We're pretty sure this will now become your favorite kind of mojito.
Original recipe: https://themerrythought.com/recipes/watermelon-mojito-mocktail/
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