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Mocktails And Coolers With A Twist To Serve At Summer Soirees

Mocktail can jazz up any old picnic or Summer day, and we do love to keep hydrated. So here are some of our best finds as well as inventions, that can give you something to look forward to in this heat. Yay or nay?

1. Strawberry Mojito

Fresh strawberries give a refreshing twist to a run-of-the-mill mojito. And we never say no to these fresh flavours and colours of Summer.

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Serves: 1

Prep Time: 10 mins

The Elements:

4-5 strawberries

Ice cubes, to fill a cocktail shaker and tumbler

50ml honey

10-12 fresh mint leaves

20ml freshly squeezed lime juice

30ml soda water

1 slice of lemon for garnish

Blender

Formula:

Blend the strawberries in a blender for 30 to 45 seconds, until they turn into a puree. Set aside.

Fill up a cocktail shaker with ice cubes; add the honey and 10 mint leaves; close the lid and shake vigorously for a minute. Add the strawberry puree and lime juice and shake again for a minute.

Strain the liquid from the shaker into a short tumbler filled with ice. Add a dash of soda water, garnish with mint leaves, a slice of lime and serve.

2. Kiwi Breezie

The yummy green of a kiwi can be entirely refreshing in itself. But we like to go a step ahead and present the Kiwi Breezie—a delicious and revitalising drink with coconut water.

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Serves: 2

Prep Time: 10 mins

The Elements:

2 kiwis, peeled and chopped

½ cup coconut water

½ tablespoon basil, chopped

1 cup ice cubes

2 tablespoons sugar (optional)

2-3 fresh basil leaves for garnish

Blender

Formula:

Place the chopped kiwi, coconut water, chopped basil, ice cubes and sugar (if using) into a blender, close the lid, and churn at high speed for about a minute or two, until smooth.

Pour into serving glasses of your choice, garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve!

3. Blueberry Lemonade

A zesty lemonade made with fresh berries is a drink right out of an Enid Blyton story. But we can assure you, no Faraway Tree goody will taste as wonderful.

Serves: 1

Prep Time: 2 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

The Elements:

For syrup

1/2 cup water

¼ cup sugar

½ cup fresh blueberries

For lemonade

Tall glass filled with ice

250ml soda water

½ teaspoon lime juice

5-6 blueberries for garnish (optional)

Formula:

Heat the water and sugar in a pan until the sugar dissolves. Add the blueberries, bring the mixture to a boil and then let simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.

In a glass filled with ice, pour two tablespoons of the blueberry syrup, lime juice and top it up with soda water. Serve chilled.

4. Orange Litchi Ginger Fizz

Well, we believe that there should be no good reason to mess with a standard Ginger Fizz (Big Chill, anyone?). We also believe that this recipe is more than a goo reason. Three distinct flavours combine together to form this marvellous mocktail.

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Serves: 2

Prep Time: 2 mins

The Elements:

1/3 cup litchi juice

¼ cup orange juice

½ cup ginger water (water boiled with 5gm ginger and cooled)

1/3 cup soda water

½ cup ice cubes

Formula:

Add the litchi juice, orange juice, ginger water, soda water and ice cubes into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for a minute. Pour into glasses and serve for a very merry summer soiree.

5. Apple Water With Thyme

Water delicately infused with thyme and apple makes for a super refreshing drink. For those looking to avoid sugar and get healthier, this is a pretty great option.

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Serves: 1

Prep Time: 1 min

Cook Time: 5-7 mins

The Elements:

½ cup water

6-7 thyme sprigs

½ cup apple juice

1/3 cup soda water

7-8 ice cubes

Formula:

Boil the water with six thyme sprigs in a pan. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Add the thyme water, apple juice, soda water and ice cubes to a cocktail shaker and shake for half a minute or so.

Pour into a glass, garnish with thyme and serve.

Jai Solanki

Photos Courtesy Of: Madishetty Manasa