Quick Cocktail & Mocktail Drink Recipes

Quick Cocktail & Mocktail Drink Recipes

Make your summer entertaining quick and easy with these refreshing drink recipes that can be easily adjusted to serve with or without alcohol!

Strawberry or Raspberry Moscow Mule

Raspberry is my signature - serves 2
  • ½ c. raspberry or strawberry vodka (or use raspberry or strawberry juice)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 bottle ginger beer (I prefer Goslings)
  • ½ c. strawberries or raspberries for garnish
Add ice to a mug or highball glass, then divide vodka, and lime juice between 2 mugs. Top off with ginger beer. Place cut strawberries or several raspberries in each cocktail and serve.

Blackberry or Blueberry Mojito

So yummy with in season fruit and quick when you have simple syrup made ahead - serves 2
  • ½ c. blackberries or blueberries
  • Handful fresh mint leaves
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • ½ c. Malibu Coconut rum (or coconut juice not milk)
  • crushed ice
  • club soda to top off glass
In a small bowl, muddle blackberries or blueberries. Set aside. Place mint leaves in bottom of glasses. Divide and spoon blackberry mixture on top. Add rum, and lime juice and stir to combine. Top with crushed ice. Add club soda and garnish with mint leaves and more blackberries or blueberries.

Watermelon Sangria

Good to make ahead - serves 4
  • 4 c. cubed watermelon
  • 1 750-ml bottle moscato (or cranberry juice)
  • 1 c. rum
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • Lime wedges
In a blender combine watermelon, moscato, rum, lime juice and zest, and sugar and blend until smooth. Refrigerate until chilled. Garnish glasses with lime wedges and serve.

Moscato Lemonade

Easy to make quickly - serves 4
  • 1 (750-mL) bottle pink moscato  (or cranberry juice)
  • 6 c. strawberry lemonade
  • ½ c. vodka
  • Lemon wedges
Rim glasses with lemon wedge and dip in sugar. In a large pitcher, stir together moscato, lemonade, and vodka. Garnish with lemon slices and serve over ice.
Jennifer Smelker

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