Drink

Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Recipes

As the summer heat approaches, hydration is key. Not only for the skin, but for your health and well-being too. The ‘fit for summer’ promise is hard to fulfill when every restaurent and bar hosts the perfect summer cocktail list and limited low-calorie options. To save your pennies and a regretful thought, Coggles have provided a list of summer’s freshest recipes to quench your thirst this season.

Non-alcoholic cocktails are the perfect way to enjoy a drink with friends without having to be the odd one out; a non-alcoholic cocktail can have all of the taste and look of the real deal.

For a family summer barbeque or a simple outdoor dinner party, these recipes serving between 2-4 people, can be the perfect palate refresher or welcome drink.

Blackberry, Lime and Lemon Soda

Ideal for a sweet-toothe, this soda has a wonderful berry taste with a kick of lemon and lime. This is also great with gin so this recipe is just right for serving non-alcoholic and alcoholic cocktails without having to mix two different recipes.

Even add a touch of Thyme for a little something extra!

  • 1 cup of blackberries (if frozen, chopped) *include raspberries too to taste
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 cups crushed ice

Shake, mix and stir well and pour into medium glasses.

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Eldeflower and Berry Spritzer

This is the ideal summer cocktail for events – it looks like a champagne cocktail and tastes just as good. Spruce up your non-alchoholic cocktails with fruit and cordial – if the aesthetic is good enough, usually the taste is too!

  • 1 cup of crushed raspberries and strawberries
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 1/2 a cup of elderflower cordial or syrup
  • 2 cups of soda water, sparkling water or lemonade
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • table spoon of lemon juice
  • 4 strawberriws on sticks to decorate

After draining the juice from the crushed berries, mix the liguid with the rest of the ingredients. Pour into a flute or tall stemmed glass and serve with berries on sticks on the top.

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Moscow Mule

Delicious and refreshing, this recipe for a non-alcoholic Moscow Mule is just the ticket for an alternative to its boozy brother. It is the ideal zingy boost you need after a sunny, yet tiresome day. With a similar aesthetic to the classic Mojito, this blend pulls in more ginger than herb.

  • 3/4 cup of lime juice
  • 1 cup of ginger ale
  • 1/2 a cup of apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sparkling water or tonic water
  • 1 cup of crushed ice
  • *to make this more Mojito like add in some fresh mint leaves and crush down before stirring in

Drain the sweet substance away from any bits and onto a cool bed of ice.

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Sangria

The classic Spanish red wine cocktail is given a non-alcoholic twist using a combination of black tea and pomegranate juice to match the flavour. Similarly, a boost of fresh orange or grapefruit juice are equally good alternatives. All of the taste and none of the hangover!

  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1 or two cinammon sticks
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 black tea bag
  • 1 to 2 cups of pomegrate juice
  • 1 medium organe
  • 1 cup of juiced orange
  • 1 medium lime
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1 medium apple
  • 2 cups of water

After pouring the boiling water over the tea bags and cinnamon, leave for 5 minutes and remove the tea bags. Add all the liquid and other ingredients into a pitcher or jug and refrigerate for over 30 mins. Serve in big goblet/balloon glasses for the true Spanish feel.

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Pink Grapefruit Sour

A good alternative to a whisky sour, this cocktail substitutes whisky for ginger ale, lemon and grapefruit juice to give you that kick of flavour. For many who’d argue that ginger and lemon is a medicinal combination, the duo is highly refreshing and offers a kick!

  • 1 cup of ginger ale (or beer, this isn’t alcoholic but will add some fizz)
  • 1/4 cup of lemon syrup or lemon juice
  • 1 cup of grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup of crushed ice
  • lemon slices

Mix with a stirrer (but do not shake if fizzy!) and pour over block ice for a chilled refreshing drink.

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Words by Olivia Seed



Olivia Seed

Olivia Seed

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