Ditch the alcohol and sip on one of these Paleo mocktails to celebrate the weekend instead!
Don’t mourn the lost booze just yet: with summer’s abundance of seasonal fruit together with alternative refreshments like coconut water, it’s easy to capture those flavors with summertime mocktails. Brew up a jug of plum cordial for your next backyard cookout, or make a stash of Paleo-friendly strawberry lemonade to sip throughout the week. Happy drinking!
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Plum Cordial at PaleoHacks
What sounds like a regal beverage sipped by royalty of yore is actually a bright and refreshing mocktail, blending homemade plum juice with spicy cardamom pods and cinnamon quills.
Coconut Water Collection at PaleoHacks
From a tropical blend of coconut water and orange mango juice, to a blueberry and spirulina coconut smoothie, coconut water should find its way into your summer beverage rotation.
Strawberry Lemonade at Paleo Cupboard
This Paleo-friendly version of a summer classic uses only four ingredients and takes minutes to prepare. Chilling in the refrigerator may test your patience, but hey, that’s what ice is for.
Coconut Strawberry Lemonade at Paleo Leap
Upgrade the classic strawberry lemonade with coconut water, mint sprigs and slices of fruit—it’s almost like a booze-free sangria blanca.
Lemon, Ginger and Basil Iced Tea at Paleo Grubs
This simple, fragrant tea avoids the caffeine spike of black tea leaves. Lemon and ginger help detoxify your body while basil brightens the flavor.
Blood Orange Soda at Predominantly Paleo
San Pellegrino be damned—forgo the added sugar with this homemade blood orange soda.
Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca at Paleo Cupboard
Sweet watermelon juice melds with mint and lime like an alcohol-free watermelon mojito.
Cantaloupe Mint Agua Fresca at Running to the Kitchen
Cantaloupe can be a difficult fruit to mix up—its distinct flavor rarely makes it a go-to fruit for a summer beverage. Get creative with these cantaloupe mocktails, complemented by mint, lime and ginger.
Blueberry Mint Agua Fresca at The Blenderist
Once blended, this combination of blueberries, mint and lime turns a beautiful deep lilac color.
Peach Pick-Me-Up at Mother Earth Living
In-season peaches make for extra sweet and juicy mocktails, while mint elevates their flavor.
Iced Green Tea with Mint and Ginger at The Kitchn
Capitalize on green tea’s antioxidants and ginger’s anti-inflammatory benefits with this simple and refreshing iced tea.
Infused Waters at Tasty Yummies
Keep it simple but mix it up with an endless variety of infused waters, like ginger, pear, cinnamon and vanilla bean, or blueberry, lime and cilantro. We suggest subbing mineral water for still to replicate tonic cocktail flavors. Bonus: vibrant slices of fruit and herbs look gorgeous while infusing.
Frozen Coconut Lemonade at Holistically Engineered
Creamy blended coconut and lemon make a delightful summer refreshment.
Real Food Snow Cones at Thank Your Body
Ditch ridiculously-sized frozen margaritas and try this healthful refresher instead. No food coloring necessary: skip the ice and puree frozen fruits instead, then put the mix through a snow cone machine.
Pink Lemonade Coconut Water Frosty at Healthy Happy Life
Healthy Happy Life suggests this frosty for a post-workout hydrating snack. There’s even a lower calorie version if you’re watching those things.
Homemade Cranberry Juice at Our Paleo Life
This cranberry juice recipe takes only five steps and adds only two ingredients to water: cranberries and honey. Why buy the excessively sugary stuff (or pair it with harsh vodka) ever again?
Fermented Elderberry Soda at Empowered Sustenance
Besides curing your soda fix, this drink can help alleviate the common cold. Elderberries and honey have antiviral properties.
Iced Green Tea Mojito at Primally Inspired
A smooth-sipping minty mojito, even without the rum.
Mango Colada at The Kitchn
Skip the cloying cream of coconut and opt for coconut milk when making these tropical mocktails.
Lavender Lemonade at Against All Grain
This delicate floral lemonade is made for sipping in the garden. If you can’t find a garden, it’s cool, fool yourself with the scent of lavender.