Healthy and Delicious Mocktails For Summer

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Summer Solstice is right around the corner. We don't know about you, but we're SO over the cold weather. While some may be dreaming of tequila-filled margaritas and champagne-heavy mimosas, there are also several non-alcoholic beverages that can woo your guests at your next summer gathering.

We've chosen a handful of fruity, thirst-quenching and refreshing beverages that are perfect to beat the summer heat. There are several benefits to cutting down alcohol, even more abstaining from it completely. You don't have to sacrifice the fun of summer beverages to be sober.

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Raspberry-Lime Rickey Slushies
 via MyRecipes
 
Raspberry-Lime Rickey Slushies
 via MyRecipes
 
Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups ice cubes
1 1/2 cups sparkling water
6 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
8 ounces fresh raspberries, frozen
Directions:

Combine first 6 ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve slushies with lime wedges, if desired.

Blueberry Ginger Cooler
via Cook With Manali
Ingredients:
1 liter water
1.25 cups fresh blueberries
1 heaping tablespoon grated ginger
4-5 tablespoons sugar, or adjust to taste

To serve:
2-3 cans of lemon lime sparkling water, unsweetened
ice cubes
mint leaves
Directions:
1. To a pan on medium-high heat add water, blueberries and grated ginger. Let it all come to a boil.
2. Once the mixture starts boiling, add sugar and mix till it dissolves.
3. Now lower the heat and using the back of your spatula, mash the blueberries. Mash all of it and let the mixture simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and once the syrup has cooled down, cover it with a cling sheet and let it sit at room temperature for 2-3 hours. This is important so that the flavors mix-in well.
5. After 2-3 hours, strain the syrup into a clear bowl. At this point you can cover and keep it refrigerate until ready to use.
6. To serve the blueberry ginger cooler, fill 2/3 of the glass with the syrup, add ice cubes.
7. And then add lemon-lime sparkling water on top and stir so that the soda and syrup combine well.
8. Garnish with some fresh blueberries and mint leaves and enjoy!
Grapefruit Kombucha Agua Fresca
via Will Frolic for Food
Ingredients:
1 cup 100% grapefruit juice
1 cup unflavored kombucha, like GT's trilogy
1 teaspoon maple syrup + more to taste
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
optional: pure sparkling water
Directions:
In a pitcher or 2 cup measure, combine the grapefruit juice, kombucha and maple syrup. Stir to combine. Fill two glasses with ice and pour the drink over top. If your kombucha isn't naturally effervescent, top each glass off with a little sparkling water. Rub each sprig of rosemary between your hands to help release the oils on the leaves. Pop a sprig in each glass. Adjust sweetness, to taste. Enjoy!
 Mango Meyer Lemon Margarita Mocktails
via An Edible Mosaic
Ingredients:
1 cup 100% grapefruit juice
1 cup unflavored kombucha, like GT's trilogy
1 teaspoon maple syrup + more to taste
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
optional: pure sparkling water
Directions:
1. Whisk together the mango puree, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a large pitcher. Briefly stir in the water, being careful not to over-stir and lose all the carbonation.
2. To sugar the rims of the glasses, rub a lemon wedge along the rim of each glass and then dip it into coarse sugar.
3. Put a few ice cubes in each glass, pour in the drink, and garnish each with a mint sprig.
4. Serve immediately.
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