3 Summer Mocktails (or cocktails) for Each Time of Day

Lemon Berry Dreamsicle (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)
Lemon Berry Dreamsicle (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)

There is a lot to love about summer. The sun is finally out, you can enjoy an array of outdoor activities, and it’s the season for vacations. However, one of my favorite things about summer is that it’s also the season to get fancy with your drinks. Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love a nice morning, afternoon AND evening pick-me-up? Here are three mocktails (or cocktails if you’re a bit more adventurous like me) to try this summer, and the time of day they are best received.

Morning – Strawberry Arnold Palmer

Strawberry Arnold Palmer (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)
Strawberry Arnold Palmer (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)

The best way to wake up is with a Strawberry Arnold Palmer. They are light and refreshing with a perfect blend of sour and sweet. Sit on the patio, watch the sunrise (over the ocean if you’re lucky), skip the morning coffee and treat yourself to something that tastes like summer.

1. 1 cup lemonade

  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar

2. 1 cup iced tea

  • Desired number of tea bags
  • Sugar (gauge by taste)
  • Lemon wedges

3. 3 ½ teaspoons strawberry syrup

4. Add fresh strawberries to garnish

5. To turn into a cocktail, add a shot of desired vodka

Afternoon – Lemon Berry Dreamsicle

Lemon Berry Dreamsicle (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)
Lemon Berry Dreamsicle (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)

Frozen yogurt makes everything better—especially during the afternoon on a hot summer day. Why not turn it into a drink? No, I don’t mean a milkshake. The Lemon Berry Dreamsicle combines all of my summer favorites into one: lemonade, frozen yogurt, pineapple juice and fresh fruit.

1. 1 cup lemonade

  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar

2. 1/3 cup pineapple juice

3. 1 scoop mixed berry frozen yogurt

4. Add fresh blackberries and lemon slices to garnish

5. To turn into a cocktail, add a shot of desired whipped vodka

Evening – Caramel Apple

Caramel Apple (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)
Caramel Apple (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)

At the end of the night, I’m usually looking for something a little spicier and with a bit more flavor than during the day. Caramel apples make me think of beachside fairs, and therefore are the perfect after-dinner drink when the sun goes down.

1. Line the glass with caramel topping

2. ½ cup vanilla cream soda

3. ½ cup apple cider

4. A pinch of ginger puree (gauge by taste)

5. Coat apple slices in cinnamon sugar and add to garnish

6. To turn into a cocktail, add a shot of desired spiced rum

These recipes are super simple, quick to make and easily customizable. Try them out individually, or make them all in one day while you’re on vacation. The choice is yours! Be sure to let us know if you’ve tried them, or how you’ve made them your own. Happy mocktailing!

 

Originally published on June 11, 2014.

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Brailey can always be found writing or designing spreads for her university magazine. Buy her a Naked Juice and a Tony Scott film and she’ll be your best friend. She is currently studying Journalism at High Point University.

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