Summer is one of the hardest times of year to avoid alcohol. Whether it’s the temptation of a cold beer at a barbecue, a fruity cocktail at the pool or a glass of wine while stargazing in your backyard, the lure of an alcoholic beverage lurks at every turn.
If you’re trying to keep away from alcohol entirely, you might find yourself making excuses to get out of social situations where you know that beer, wine, and liquor will be flowing. However, you don’t have to resign yourself to a summer spent indoors while everyone else is out having fun. Whether you’re hosting a party or are headed to the beach for a day of relaxation, preparing a non-alcoholic beverage is an effective (and delicious) way to keep your cocktail cravings at bay.
Before you send regrets to your next social invitation, consider making and bringing along one of these 10 non-alcoholic summer beverages for your enjoyment.
This mocktail tastes as good as it looks with blackberries, vanilla syrup and pineapple juice. For bonus style points, garnish the rim of each glass with extra fruit.
Cherry Bomb Mocktail
All you need for this non-alcoholic beverage is some lemon-lime soda, grenadine and a lime. The maraschino cherries are optional, but highly recommended.
Ginger Lime Fizz
Think of this drink as a Moscow Mule sans alcohol. With the delicious, refreshing flavors of ginger beer and lime juice, you won’t even miss the liquor.
Asian Pear Sparkler
This drink requires a bit more prep than the others, but the end result is worth it. Fresh rosemary, ginger, and pear juice truly make for a delightful combination.
Coconut Lavender Lemonade
The delicious flavors of lavender and lemon join forces in this decidedly summery beverage. Plus, the coconut water will keep you hydrated on a hot day.
This fun and fruity non-alcoholic beverage is laced with grenadine, orange juice, and lemon-lime soda. It’s great for breakfast, brunch, or anytime!
Use ginger ale instead of whiskey to make this classic drink non-alcoholic. Simply pour into an ice-filled glass with lemon syrup, grenadine, and a lemon slice to serve.
Ginger Basil Grapefruit Mimosas
A good one if you’re hosting brunch, this non-alcoholic mimosa uses the fresh flavors of basil and grapefruit along with ginger soda to make a delicious summer mocktail.
Cranberry Rosemary Refresher
A lot of non-alcoholic drinks are sweet, but this one has a nice savory twist. All you need is fresh rosemary, cranberries, and a few apples to make this healthy and delicious drink.
This refreshing, non-alcoholic drink is ideal for sipping on hot summer nights. The recipe says to discard the mint leaves, but you can leave them in for a stronger minty flavor.
You don’t need alcohol to have fun this summer
Hanging out at a backyard barbecue, relaxing on the beach and spending the day on your boat can still be fun without an alcoholic drink in hand. While water is essential to staying cool and hydrated this summer, indulging in the occasional “mocktail” will keep things interesting and help prevent you from consuming alcohol when you don’t intend to.
If you avoid social situations because you don’t think you’ll be able to resist drinking, you may have an alcohol addiction. Please reach out for help if you think you need it. There are many resources available that can assist you in living a healthy and positive alcohol-free life.