By Laura Coffee, Marketing & Owner Services Manager, Co-op Owner

Summer is just around the corner, and that frequently means more opportunities to entertain and socialize. Parties, picnics, and family functions are usually more fun when everyone is relaxed, comfortable, and full. So to make sure that everyone has something delicious to sip this summer, we’ve come up with some tasty mocktail recipes you can add to your roster. These refreshing non-alcoholic drinks will add that special something extra to your next BBQ or summer shindig. Each recipe makes 2-4 servings, depending on your choice of glass. All can be served over ice with a little umbrella if desired.

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Brunch Bubbly

  • 1 cup ginger brew
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice

Serve in a champagne flute, drop in a few fresh berries if desired.


Orange Island Iced Tea

  • 1 cup Aranciata (San Pellegrino Orange Soda)
  • 1/2 cup rooibos tea (Cold brewed)
  • muddled strawberries (about 4)

Serve with ice in a tall glass, garnish with strawberry and/or orange slices if desired.


mineral-water-1532300_1920Raspberry Fizz

  • 1 cup lime sparkling water
  • 1/4 cup lemonade
  • 1/4 cup muddled raspberries
  • agave syrup to taste*

Serve as is or over ice in a tumbler. For an extra fancy touch, garnish with fresh basil leaves and a lime or lemon wedge.

*I like how light and refreshing this drink is without the addition of any agave, so I suggest tasting it plain before you begin adding syrup.


Mint Mockup

  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 1/2 cup ginger brew
  • Mint simple syrup** to taste

Serve over ice in a tumbler or Mint Julep cup. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. For a deeper flavor, make your simple syrup using a dark sugar, like Turbinado. If you’d prefer not to include the additional sugar, try muddling a small handful of fresh mint leaves in each glass instead.

**Simple Syrup: Combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan and simmer while stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Add 1/2 Tbsp dried or 1 Tbsp fresh mint and simmer for a few minutes more. Allow to cool completely, strain out mint. Keep refrigerated. If you prefer a stronger mint flavor or a less sweet drink, use up to double the amount of mint.



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