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8 Amazingly Fresh Fruit And Herb Drinks For Summer

With summer finally here, the aisles of the supermarkets and the shelves of the farmer’s markets are filled with the best, freshest produce right now just begging to be mixed into premium, artisan cocktails. But if you don’t drink alcohol, there is no reason to miss out on this concoctions. Too often drink stations at parties have an array of beers and mixers for cocktails but a sad container of water or store bought juice for those who choose to abstain. Fix that at your next party. Whatever your reason for teetotaling, these amazingly fresh summer sippers put mocktails back on the map with bold, refreshing ingredients, helping you beat the heat and conquer your thirst without skimping on style or flavor.

And hey — if the mood strikes you, you can always add a splash of liquor to any of the following recipes, so it’s a mixology win-win.

Cucumber Mint Lemonade
FRESH CUCUMBER LEMONADE
Lemonade is already a summer classic for a reason, so try a cooling twist on the original with cucumber, lemon zest, and mint. Talk about backyard bliss! (Image: Give Recipe)

Watermelon Punch
Watermelon Punch and Bowl
This punch recipe serves ten and couldn’t be more simple — the only ingredients are watermelon puree and seltzer! — so punch up the presentation (no pun intended!), by using the hollowed out watermelon rind as the serving bowl for your tasty concoction. If you’re feeling like taking it further, add some mint sprigs for a truly refreshing spritzer. (Image: Martha Stewart)

Blackberry Lemon Fizz
Blackberry Lemon Mocktail Bring your slushy game to the next level with a thirst-quenching, tangy blend of blackberries, lemon, and mint that also serves as a guilt-free dessert. (Image: Running to the Kitchen)

Lady Lavender’s Mocktail
Lady Lavender Mocktail
The subtle fragrance of summer lavender is the inspiration for this chilled beverage, combining lavender syrup, grapefruit juice, and basil for a virgin cocktail that sacrifices nothing as far as flavor or presentation, and wouldn’t be out of place on a table at the fanciest restaurant in town.(Image: Food & Wine)

Sparkling Citrus Pineapple Punch
SPARKLING CITRUS PINEAPPLE PUNCH This summer citrus explosion of pineapple, tangerine, lemon, and lime topped off with a fizzy layer of soda is sure to slake any summer thirst and have your guests lining up for seconds and thirds. (Image: Olga’s Flavor Factory)

Hibiscus Strawberry Rhubarb Iced Tea
HIBISCUS STRAWBERRY RHUBARB ICED TEA The floral notes in the hibiscus, the alternately sweet and tart bite of the strawberries, and the dollop of wildflower honey meld beautifully, for the perfect glass of iced tea that’s not only alcohol-free, but also caffeine-free. (Image: Gourmande In The Kitchen)

Ginger Peach Mojito Mocktail
Ginger Peach Mojito MocktailThis revitalizing mixture is summer in a glass, with muddled, beautifully juicy peaches, candied ginger, lime, and ginger beer all mingling for a spicy-sweet ray of sunshine. (Image: Just Putzing Around The Kitchen)

Mixed Berry and Basil Sangria By The Glass

MIXED BERRY AND BASIL SANGRIA-BY-THE-GLASSThere are plenty of big-batch sangria recipes out there, but the beauty of this one is that it’s divided down to by-the-glass portions, so you can make as much or as little as you want. But with its blueberry ice cubes, savory basil, white grape juice, and heaps of strawberries, we have a feeling you’ll be churning it out by the gallon. (Image: Foodie With Family)

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