Sunnier weather brings the prospect of time outside enjoying something long, cool and refreshing. When you want something non-alcoholic—but more interesting than elderflower cordial or cucumber water—here are ten suggestions to help keep you cool during the hottest days. Roll on the summer!
1. Healthy cold-brewed green iced tea
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A bit of planning is required here for this recipe, but it’s more a question of time rather than effort—just let the tea slowly infuse into cold water overnight. Vegetable and fruit juices add natural sweetness and a vibrant colour.
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2. Blackberry ginger mocktail
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Ginger, honey and lemon are a classic combination that work well made with either hot water as a spicy hot toddy, or simply left cold as in this recipe. This does call for the quick and easy choice of a can of ginger ale, but also uses blackberries for more flavour.
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3. Blood orange and thyme spa water
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I love blood oranges, with the red blush on the skin of the orange hinting at the sweetness inside. I far prefer them to regular oranges; it’s such a shame the season is so short. Catch the end of it with this recipe blending sweet slices with an extra herbal flavour from thyme.
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4. Homemade lemon and limeade
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A classic now: proper, cloudy lemonade, of the “when life gives you lemons” variety. The great thing about making it yourself is that you can adjust the sweetness to your preference: I go for less sugar than you find in commercial varieties, as I prefer a little edge of citrus sourness.
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5. Non-alcoholic mojito
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A proper mocktail: a non-alcoholic reworking of the barman’s mint classic. Here, mint, apple juice and elderflower cordial combine with soda water to give you all the flavor—without resorting to the rum bottle.
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6. Mexican watermelon-jalapeno agua fresca
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Sweet watermelons are so juicy that it’s not much of a stretch to go from eating one to using it as the basis for a drink. Also, when dealing with a whole or half watermelon, having a couple of extra ideas is no bad thing. This recipe combines watermelon with lime juice, jalapeno for a chili kick and agave syrup for a little bit more sweetness.
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7. Kiwi and mint-infused water recipe
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Infusing with herbs, fruits and vegetables is a great way of adding a little extra interest to just another glass of water. This recipe uses kiwi fruit and mint, but also includes some great tips for other combinations.
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8. Good Morning Sunburst: the orange juice brunch mocktail
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This layered mocktail, with a ruby red grenadine layer at the bottom of the drink, is perfect for brunch on a sunny day. I can just imagine sitting outside with a plate of French toast and bacon accompanied by this sophisticated drink.
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9. Four-ingredient ice strawberry slush
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Something a little bit less serious now. A sweet strawberry slush all ready to be drunk through the most colourful straw you can find. Don’t over blend it: you want a slushy and gritty rather than smooth texture.
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10. Shikanjvi Indian lemonade
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We finish with a traditional spiced lemonade, found in North India and Pakistan. You can buy jaljeera powder online, or from a South Asian supermarket, or easily find a recipe and make your own. Make the drink with either plain water or soda, depending on which side of the “still or sparkling” divide you sit.
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Helen Best-Shaw, is a freelance food & travel writer, recipe developer & photographer. She has been blogging at Fuss Free Flavours for over 10 years.
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