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REFRESHING SUMMER DRINKS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT!

REFRESHING SUMMER DRINKS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT!

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Here comes summer and it’s time to enjoy some fizzy refreshing drinks of the season. While many of us like to enjoy a cocktail every now and then, sometimes you need something sans alcohol (sadly, we can’t live on mojitos). It’s time to upgrade your mocktail craze for summers. Whether you’re not a drinker or you just need a break from the booze (or expecting!), these summery mocktail drinks will not disappoint you. Keep reading to discover new recipes and your new favourite warm-weather refreshment drink.

1. Blueberry ginger cooler: When the weather is hot, you need something with the word “cooler” in the name. This blueberry-ginger concoction does the job of keeping you chill and hydrated in the heat.
Prep time: 3-4 hours

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

INSTRUCTIONS:

Add water to a pan on medium-high heat, blueberries and grated ginger. Let it all come to a boil.
Once the mixture starts boiling, add sugar and mix till it dissolves.
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.
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.
After 2-3 hours, strain the syrup into a clear bowl. At this point you can cover and keep it refrigerated until ready to use.
To serve the blueberry ginger cooler, fill 2/3 of the glass with the syrup, add ice cubes.
And then add lemon-lime sparkling water on top and stir so that the soda and syrup combine well.
Garnish with some fresh blueberries and mint leaves and enjoy!

2. Grapefruit kombucha Agua Fresca: It’s not every day you find a drink that’s good for your health and that you want to drink on the regular. This beverage is like a slightly sweet punch, with the added effervescence of kombucha. It’s a refreshing, easy-to-make recipe!

Prep time: 15 mins

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup 100% pure grapefruit juice
1 cup unflavored kombucha
1 teaspoon maple syrup + more to taste
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
Optional: pure sparkling water

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a pitcher or 2 cup measure, combine the grapefruit juice, kombucha and maple syrup.
Stir well.
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!

SUMMER DRINK

3. Hibiscus iced tea sparkler: This fresh and flavorful drink will have you saying sayonara to your usual starbucks order. Infuse with berries and mint to enhance the flavors even more.
Prep time: 60 mins

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups boiling water
8 bags hibiscus tea
1/2 cup honey
ice
2 cups sparkling water
1/4 cup mint leaves
strawberries for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a large pitcher, combine tea bags, honey, and boiling water; let steep 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how strong you like your tea.
Remove tea bags.
Let it cool down.
Add ice to the pitcher and stir in sparkling water.
Add mint.
Refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled.
Garnish with strawberries.

4. Mango meyer lemon margarita mocktail: Who needs tequila anyway? Play it safe with these virgin mango margs that are more than worthy of your next taco tuesday. It’s the perfect family-friendly non-alcoholic drink for a party!

Prep time: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS:

6 tablespoons fresh mango puree
3 to 4 tablespoons simple syrup, more or less to taste
2 tablespoons fresh meyer lemon juice
16 oz (500 ml) sparkling water

TO SERVE:

1 meyer lemon wedge
Coarse sugar for sugaring the rims of the glasses
Ice cubes
Fresh sprigs of mint, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

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.
To sugar the rims of the glasses, rub a lemon wedge along the rim of each glass and then dip it into coarse sugar.
Put a few ice cubes in each glass, pour in the drink, and garnish each with a mint sprig.
Serve immediately.

5. Virgin mint cucumber mojito: An Indian Mocktail that’s Lemony and Minty with an addition of Cool Cool Cucumber which adds a punch to your conversations. Ideal to serve at parties and an apt one to enjoy in summers, all without the use of Alcohol. A perfect drink that’s totally non-alcoholic.

Prep time: 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

½ cups mint leaves chopped
8-10 green cucumber slices
4-5 lemon slices
2 pinches black salt
2 tbsp sugar
2 cups chilled soda
Ice cubes as required

INSTRUCTIONS:

Blend together the lime juice, mint, cucumber and sugar in a blender until smooth.
Fill a highball glass with ice, pour cucumber mixture over top and fill the glass with club soda.
Garnish with cucumber slices, lime wedges or mint leaves. Enjoy!

SUMMER DRINK

6. Watermelon Agua Fresca: Agua Fresca is the OG mocktail and has stood the test of time for a reason. This watermelon agua fresca is made with fresh watermelon, sugar and lime juice, all blended together into a bright and flavorful drink. Enjoy every sip leisurely with a thick layer of SPF.

Prep time: 25 mins

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups cubed seeded watermelon
½ cup water
½ cup white sugar, or to taste
4 slices of lime
fresh mint leaves
Ice cubes as required

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place the watermelon, lime juice, sugar and 1 cup of the water in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Strain the watermelon mixture into a pitcher and discard solids. Add the remaining water to the pitcher and stir to combine. Chill until ready to serve.
Pour agua fresca into the sugar rimmed glasses and top with mint sprigs, lime slices and/or watermelon wedges. Enjoy!

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