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June 8, 2020

3 Summer Mocktails & Beautiful Barware

in, Cooking Home

I’m not one for alcohol, but I do love the idea of combining some of my favorite fresh flavors to create unique and beautiful drinks. There’s something so special about taking the time to prepare a drink filled with wonderful flavors of the season and then spend the next hour sipping on it.

We bought a grill recently so when it’s been cool enough we’ve set up Sunday night at-home dinners outside on the patio with drinks, books, and something delicious on the grill. These three mocktails are refreshing and so easy to make with on-hand ingredients like fresh fruit and sparkling water.

But whether it’s mocktails, cocktails, iced water or an iced latte, the perfect drink starts with the perfect ingredients and the perfect tools. For the last few weeks, I’ve been playing around with some recipes using my latest bar cart addition: this copper barware set. It’s a beautiful shade of copper – somewhere between bronze and rose gold – that gets the job done without any mishaps or mistakes.

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Drink 1 – Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail

At first glance, I did not think these flavors would go together well. I love them individually, but together? I was proven wrong in just a few minutes.


Ingredients 

+ fresh grapefruit 

+ grapefruit juice 

+ rosemary stems 

+ white sugar 

+ sparkling water 


 

Instructions 

+ Rosemary Simple Syrup: In a small sauce pan on the stove, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar over medium heat. Dissolve the sugar for about 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil or crystals will form. Once the sugar has dissolved, pour the simple syrup into a heat safe container. Add 3 sprigs of rosemary and let steep for at least one hour. The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for ten days.

+ Mocktail per glass: Add ½ cup fresh pink grapefruit into a serving glass. Add 1 Tablespoon (1/2 oz) of rosemary simple syrup. Stir. Fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling water (about 1 cup)

+ Garnish with rosemary sprig

+ Serve chilled


Drink 2 – Sparkling Blueberry Mint Lemonade


Ingredients Needed: 

+ fresh blueberries

+ water

+ white sugar

+ lemonade

+ mint leaves

+ sparkling water


 

Instructions 

+ Combine the sugar, water, blueberries, and lemon zest in a saucepan.
+ Bring to a boil over medium heat and then simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the sugar is melted and blueberries are starting to burst.
+ Remove from the heat and pass through a fine sieve. Let this blueberry syrup completely cool.
+ Meanwhile, juice the lemons to get 1 cup lemon juice.

+ In a large pitcher, add the blueberry syrup, lemon juice, and ice. Stir together.

+ Stir in the sparkling water or club soda right before enjoying

Drink 3 – Raspberry Mint Mojito


Ingredients 

+ fresh raspberries

+ mint leaves

+ simple syrup

+ lime juice

+ sparkling water

+ ice


 

Instructions 

To make a simple syrup, combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 cup water (or just equal parts, if making more or less) in a medium sauce pan.
Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool.
+ In a tall glass, add raspberries, mint leaves and the simple syrup.
+ Muddle (squish with the back of a wooden spoon) well until the mint, simple syrup and raspberries are well-combined. If possible, try not to break apart the mint leaves, as this (in my opinion) will make for a less pleasant drinking experience.
+ Fill glass with ice.
+ Add raspberry juice, then the lime juice, and then fill with soda.
+ Garnish with lime wedge or additional raspberries, if desired.

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  1. April 4, 2018

    These sound like great recipes. I’m always looking for fun nonalcoholic drinks to mix up when my nieces and nephews visit. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Candy
    April 4, 2018

    We don’t drink but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a refreshing drink. Mock tails are perfect. Very pretty bar

    • April 4, 2018

      That’s exactly what I think too! It’s a nice deviation from iced tead or just lemonade in the warm months.

  3. April 4, 2018

    The blueberry drink looks like it would be my favorite, too. It looks very refreshing! So does the grapefruit one. Beautiful presentation, too!

  4. Amber
    April 4, 2018

    All look so tasty! Especially the raspberry mojito. Love the bar cart btw!

  5. April 4, 2018

    These looks refreshing and tasty! It looks like you have the same affinity for Anthropologie as I do. I just picked up the same small pitcher with the blue flowers.

  6. April 4, 2018

    Those look so good! Your pictures are seriously great quality too. I’m definitely gonna try out some of these mocktails!

  7. April 4, 2018

    These look so yummy! I’m not really an alcohol drinker either, but I do love a pretty drink! Even just throwing some lime into my water makes me smile haha.

    • April 4, 2018

      Oh I’m exactly the same way! A little lemon or lime in my water and I’m a happy camper!

  8. Eva
    April 4, 2018

    A bunch of my friends and relatives are pregnant right now, so I’m bookmarking this page for when they come over to visit. So beautiful — and yummy, too, I’m sure!

  9. April 5, 2018

    Those sound really good for warmer weather. Very refreshing!
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  10. April 5, 2018

    These look reallly Nice and refreshing. Thanks for the recipe.

  11. April 5, 2018

    These look amazing. And your dress is so cute!!

  12. April 5, 2018

    The copper barware is so, so pretty! I love it! And you made such a lovely station for mixing your drinks! They all sound so good!

  13. April 5, 2018

    ok this pics are fab! and i cant wait to try this 🙂

  14. Cat
    April 6, 2018

    Gorgeous barware! And stunning photography, too!

  15. MK
    April 6, 2018

    The rosemary grapefruit mocktail looks so refreshing, I was ready to grab it out of your photos and take a sip! These tasty beverages are perfect for spring weather and would make for some great brunch pairings as well.