Recipe Time! – Alcohol Free Summer Drinks

With the heat growing by the day, something cool and refreshing is in order. So I have found for you some alcohol free drinks that everyone in the family can enjoy! Whether at a BBQ party or sitting out in the backyard for a nice dinner for two, these drinks will be a cool, refreshing and healthy choice that will go great with your meal.

Virgin Raspberry Daiquiri


3 oz raspberry puree
2 oz pineapple juice
½ oz lemon juice
1 tsp caster sugar
½ oz raspberry syrup

Fill a wine goblet halfway with crushed ice. Blend all ingredients in the glass with the ice until well mixed. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Watermelon Lemonade


1 ½ lbs sliced, seedless watermelon, rind removed
Zest of 1 lemon
¾ cup fresh lemon juice
½ cup mild honey (such as orange blossom)
1 lemon, thinly sliced, for garnish

In a food processor, blend the watermelon until very smooth. Strain through a coarse strainer set over a bowl, stirring to push through the pulp. Pour the juice into a large pitcher and add lemon zest. In a bowl, whisk the lemon juice and honey until the honey dissolves, then stir into the watermelon juice. Stir in 1 ½ cups of cold water. Cover and refrigerate until very cold. Serve over ice, and garnish with lemon slices.

Raspberry Spritzer


2 cups seltzer
⅔ cup frozen raspberries
2 sprigs fresh mint
3 oz raspberry-flavored syrup
Ice cubes

Combine the seltzer, raspberries, mint and raspberry syrup in a small pitcher. Pour over ice.

Blueberry Shrub


4 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups cider vinegar
2 cups sugar
Skewer of blueberries, for garnish

Place the blueberries in a non-metallic container. Add the vinegar, cover and refrigerate for at least three days. Pour the vinegar-marinated blueberries into a strainer over a bowl. Press the berries to release all of their juices. Discard the solids. Pour the liquid into a medium saucepan. Add the sugar and boil for three minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and let cool. Pour the sweetened blueberry liquid into a small container and keep cold. To prepare each drink, add ¼ cup of the blueberry concentrate to a medium cocktail glass filled with ice and add 1 cup of cold water. Garnish with a skewer of blueberries.

Cherry Lime Virgin Rickeys


Serves 10
1 ¼ cups lime syrup
3 oz grenadine
2 L chilled lemon-lime seltzer or club soda
Maraschino cherries, for garnish

Pour 2 tablespoons of lime syrup into an 8-ounce glass. Carefully pour 1 tablespoon of grenadine over the back of a long spoon inserted halfway into each glass (to prevent colors from blending). Gently top off the drinks with seltzer, pouring it over the back of the spoon.

Blackberry Elderflower Spritzer with Mint


1 L soda water, chilled
½ cup elderflower syrup, chilled
1 lime, juiced
⅓ cup blackberries, washed
¼ cup mint leaves, muddled

In a pitcher, whisk together the soda water and the elderflower syrup with the lime juice. Stir in the blackberries and muddled mint leaves. Serve immediately.

I hope these recipes will soon be a family favorite!

Have a wonderful day and as always, God Bless!

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