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Category : Cocktails

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4 Fabulously Refreshing Summer Party Drinks

There’s nothing like quaffing a cool, refreshing and delightfully sweet drink under the summer sun, or to enjoy with a perfect al fresco twilight dinner.

Vibrant, colourful and packed with lots of flavour – you’ll want to make these up in a super-sized jug, as you’ll be surprised at how quickly you get through it.

Best of all, all of these summer party drinks are alcohol-free – making them ideal to serve at family-friendly get togethers, or simply when you want to enjoy a great drink at any time of the day!


Summer Party Drink #1: Raspberry Iced Tea

The ruby red hue of this refreshing twist on a summer classic makes this a great addition to the party table. Who needs decorations when you’ve already got a stunner like this?

party drinks: Raspberry Iced Tea

Ingredients:

  • 3 litres water
  • 10 black tea bags
  • 350g frozen raspberries (thawed)
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 cup sugar

Boil half the water and add sugar, stirring to dissolve. Add teabags and steep for 5-10 minutes, before removing.

In another pan, boil the remaining water and add thawed raspberries. Simmer for 5 minutes, then strain to remove fruit pieces.

Combine the two and add lime juice. Chill until ready to serve.


Summer Party Drink #2: Lemon and Mint Cooler

A hint of lemony tartness brings a holiday flavour to this refreshing, minty drink. Juicing all those lemons will be well worth it when you’ve had a sip!

party drinks: Lemon and Mint Cooler

Ingredients:

  • 10-12 large lemons, juiced
  • 2 litres water
  • 2 large handfuls fresh mint leaves (approx. 1 cup)
  • 100 ml carbonated water
  • ½ cup sugar (more to taste)
  • Fresh lemon slices and ice

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir. Add sugar gradually, tasting to adjust and add more if you prefer a sweeter result. Add ice and lemon slices just before serving.

 


Summer Party Drink #3: Strawberry Margarita

This brightly coloured gem of a drink is the perfect choice for summer parties – garnished with fruit and rimmed with tinted sugar, it’s a delightful non-alcoholic twist on a classic margarita, but is also a fun and funky drink for kids to enjoy too!

party drinks: Strawberry Margerita

Ingredients (per drink)

  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • t tbsp. liquid sweetener (you can use a fruit based syrup, honey or other sweetener of your choice)
  • 100g strawberries
  • carbonated water
  • 1 slice of lime to garnish
  • Dyed sugar to garnish
  • Ice cubes

To prepare the coloured sugar, add sugar to a zip-lock plastic bag. Add 5-10 drops of food dye, seal the bag and mix through until all the sugar is evenly dyed.

Sprinkle the sugar onto a baking sheet or tray and work through any lumps to break them down. Allow to dry.

Combine fresh strawberries, lime juice, sweetener and ice in a blender until smooth. Prepare the glass by dampening the rim and pressing into sugar to cover. Pour blended mixture into the glass and top up with carbonated water, and a slice of lime to garnish.

Serve immediately.


Summer Party Drink #4: Watermelon Lemonade

party drinks: Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon really is the taste of summer – so what better way to celebrate than with a big, refreshing glass of this fantastic drink?

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole small watermelon, cut into large cubes
  • 2 litre lemonade
  • Ice

Puree the watermelon first in a blender. Add lemonade and combine. Add ice cubes and serve immediately.

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Non-Alcoholic Party Drinks

Not everyone wants to or can drink alcohol at a party but instead of being stuck with another glass of cola or lemonade why not treat yourself and them to a wonderful non-alcoholic cocktail or mocktail, a glass of home made ginger ale or an exotic fruit based drink?

Non-alcoholic party drinks are perfect for everyone in the party. Not only will it make your guests feel special but they are also fun to make and you may even find everyone else drinking them too, so make sure you make extra!

Non-alcoholic party drinks are also a great idea for picnics, barbecues or even given as a gift during the holidays.

So what are you waiting for, here are a few of our favourite non-alcoholic party drinks!


Non-Alcoholic Party Drink #1: A Shirley Temple

Non-Alcoholic Party Drinks A Shirley Temple

A famous non-alcoholic drink and a classic in it’s own right, the Shirley Temple is the perfect alternative to alcoholic drinks. Get ready to share the recipe!

Ingredients Per Glass:

  • Cold ginger ale
  • Splash of grenadine or pomegranate juice
  • Splash of lime juice
  • 1 Maraschino cherry
  • 1 Slice of orange

How to Serve:

  • Pour all the ingredients into a suitable high ball glass and stir.
  • Garnish with the cherry and orange slice
  • Serve and enjoy!

Non-Alcoholic Party Drink #2: Easy Blueberry & Lemon Ginger Ale

Non-Alcoholic Party Drinks Easy Blueberry & Lemon Ginger Ale

If you’re looking for a fun alternative non-alcoholic drink then we think we have the one for you; a blueberry, lemon and ginger ale! A very refreshing drink that will make a great addition to any party or occasion.

Ingredients Per Glass:

  • 2 Tbsp fresh blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Fresh mint leaves
  • Cold ginger ale
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slice & cherry to decorate

How to Serve:

  • Put the blueberries, lemon juice and mint leaves in a suitable high ball glass and press crush slightly until you can see the blueberries start to release their juice.
  • Add 3-4 ice cubes
  • Pour the cold ginger ale into the glass and mix well.
  • Garnish the glass with the lemon slice and cherry.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Non-Alcoholic Party Drink #3: The Mocktail Mojito

Non-Alcoholic Party Drinks The Mocktail Mojito

A mocktail alternative to the original minty drink is sure to be a big hit with everyone. Perfect as an after dinner drink.

Ingredients Per Glass:

  • Juice of 1½ limes
  • 1 Tsp sugar
  • 5 Fresh mint leaves
  • Chilled soda water
  • Crushed Ice

How to Serve:

  • Crush the sugar and mint leaves together with one end of a rolling pin.
  • Add the crushed ice into a suitable high ball glass, pour over the lime juice and add the mint and sugar mix.
  • Pour the chilled soda water into the glass until full.
  • Serve and enjoy!

 

There you have a couple of our favourite non alcoholic drinks, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

There are a large variety of alcohol alternatives available both home made or available through your local supermarket, all you need to do is simply find one you love to drink and make and that’s your non alcoholic party drink sorted.

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