This is borderline blasphemous, but we have to admit it: We've had our fill of rosé this season. Don't get us wrong, we love the pink-hued wine, but now that it's mid-May we're looking for a new crop of refreshing beverages to get us through to summer. Enter mocktails. (No, that is not a typo.) We know what you're thinking, but hear us out.
Non-alcoholic drinks are having a moment. Beyond not leading to a hangover, inventive mocktail options are fairly limitless. Besides, no one's going to stop you if you want to add a splash of your booze-of-choice to these sippable beverages. From a floral-infused lavender lemonade to a bubbly berry kombucha smash, these non-alcoholic drinks don't contain any booze, but trust us, they're far from boring.
Cucumber Melon Refresher
Level of Difficulty: Medium. You'll need to break out a blender and a sieve to make this refreshing cucumber melon mocktail.
Hero Ingredient: The honeydew melon gives this non-alcoholic beverage its subtly sweet flavor and its green hue. Bonus: It pairs well with the cucumber and mint.
Serving Tip: Recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest suggests filling each glass with the purée before topping with chilled kombucha.
Lavender Basil Lemonade
Level of Difficulty: Easy. Well, we should clarify: It's easy if you have a juicer on hand. This sweet lavender basil lemonade is made from scratch using freshly squeezed lemons.
Hero Ingredient: The lavender infuses this sippable beverage with a delicate floral flavor and an aroma that exudes spring vibes.
Serving Tip: Pour over crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of lavender and fresh basil.
Frozen Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca
Level of Difficulty: Easy. This frozen watermelon lime agua fresca simply calls for chopping a melon, squeezing limes, and blending everything together.
Hero Ingredient: The watermelon steals the spotlight in this mocktail recipe. This sweet fruit, along with crushed ice, gives this non-alcoholic beverage it's slushy consistency.
Serving Tip: Set aside a few watermelon wedges and lime slices for serving.
Honey Berry Kombucha Smash
Level of Difficulty: Medium. You'll need a saucepan to cook and release the flavors of the berries before muddling them into this kombucha smash recipe.
Hero Ingredient: The kombucha. Bubbly but not boozy, this fermented beverage is a much healthier mocktail alternative to soda or sparkling water.
Serving Tip: An edible flower and fresh berries make for seasonally appropriate garnishes.
Kiwi Pineapple Agua Fresca
Level of Difficulty: Easy. This kiwi pineapple agua fresca only requires three ingredients (all of which are conveniently called out in the recipe's name).
Hero Ingredient: The pineapple. Pro tip: Wait until the fruit is on the verge of being overripe for the sweetest possible results.
Serving Tip: Make a big batch and serve straight from the pitcher.
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