The best alcohol-free drinks for summer: more than mocktails

If you’re having a sober summer or simply wondering what to drink instead of alcohol on sunny days, you’ve got plenty of delicious alcohol-free drinks for summer to choose from.

Sure, ice-cold water will do the job… but you deserve something that feels a little more special! Treat yourself to a beautiful alcohol-free mixed drink, a bursting-with-flavour soft drink, or try out an exotic virgin cocktail.

 Quenching your first doesn’t have to be boring or boozy – in fact, the best summer drinks are all alcohol-free!

There’s something for everyone in this post, from alcohol-free champagne alternatives and non-G&Ts to beautifully refreshing juices and caffeinated drinks.

The best alcohol-free summer drinks

1) Luscombe Wild Elderflower Bubbly

Starting with one of our own specialities, our Wild Elderflower Bubbly is refreshing, sweet without being overpowering, and feels a little bit special whenever you open the bottle.

Just open the bottle and enjoy the taste of wild elderflower and Luscombe’s care and craft.

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2) Raspberry Crush + Soda

Our Raspberry Crush is the picture of summer – fresh, sharp raspberry flavours mixed with organic flavours and extracts to make a crisp and refreshing drink.

Raspberry Crush + Soda recipe

  • Mix two parts Raspberry Crush with one part soda water. 
  • Top with some massaged basil leaves. Buy 270ml Raspberry Crush bottles

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3) Alcohol-Free Gin and Devon Tonic

There are few better pairings than gin and tonic – and that remains true for alcohol-free drinking, too! A non-G&T will quench your thirst, provide deep and complex flavours, and spare you the headache on a hot summer’s day.

To stay true to our South West roots, we recommend pairing with a measure of Pentire’s non-alcoholic gin.

Alcohol-Free Gin and Devon Tonic recipe

  • Take 50ml of alcohol-free gin. 
  • Add 100-150ml of our Devon Tonic. 
  • Garnish with grapefruit, lemon, or juniper berries. 12 x 200ml Devon Tonic water
  • Add ice. 

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4) Floral Orchard Mocktail

Our original Floral Orchard cocktail recipe is one of our most popular recipes. It’s no surprise, as this is our go-to drink when the sun comes out! Your first sip is like catching summer in a glass – and it’s incredibly easy to make alcohol-free.

Floral Orchard Mocktail recipe 

  • Mix 15ml of elderflower cordial and 5ml of lemon juice together in a glass
  • Top with 125ml of Luscombe Apple Juice
  • Garnish with cucumber and mint

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5) Cold brew coffee

If the heat has slowed you down to sloth speed, an ice-cold caffeine fix will help you re-energise and refresh in equal measure. Nothing comes close to matching cold brew coffee for its deliciousness and effectiveness.

Cold brew coffee recipe

  • Take 200g of coarse-ground coffee
  • Add 1l of cold or room-temperature water
  • Leave in the fridge for roughly 24 hours
  • Strain or filter the liquid into a bottle or container
  • Serve over ice, milk is optional

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6) Pink Blush Virgin Cocktails

Can’t you just picture it now? The sun beating down, friends and family gathered in the garden, and a tray of Pink Blush virgin cocktails going around. This is a perfect way to enjoy a bit of fruity fizz without any alcohol.

Pink Blush recipe

  • Pour four parts Luscombe Elderflower Bubbly and one part Luscombe Raspberry Crush into a highball, over plenty of ice
  • Stir heartily.
  • Garnish with any or all of the following: a thin slice of lemon, mint leaves, rose petals, and freshly picked blackberries.

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7) Sicilian Lemonade Iced Tea

Another contender for the cold caffeine crown, iced tea is an often-overlooked choice for dry drinking in the summer. With a twist of Sicilian Lemonade, you can create a beautiful and delicate-flavoured drink without much effort at all.

Sicilian Lemonade Iced Tea recipe

  • Pour 1.5l of boiling water over six teabags.
  • Stir in two tablespoons of white sugar. 
  • Infuse the tea for 10-15 minutes, then decant and leave to chill in the fridge. 
  • Once the tea has reached your desired temperature, fill ¾ of a jug with the iced tea. 
  • Fill the rest of the jug with Luscombe Sicilian Lemonade – leaving enough room to add ice and lemon wedges. 
  • Serve in cold glasses and with more ice.

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8) Virgin Mimosas

Long, lazy summer brunches just wouldn’t be the same without a mimosa or two… or three! Opting for virgin mimosas made with the highest quality ingredients will keep you feeling fresh for the rest of the day (and the next), all without the need for alcohol.

Virgin Mimosa recipe

  • Combine one part Wild Elderflower Bubbly with one part Luscombe Orange juice.
  • Try a Virgin Pink Mimosa by using our Damascene Rose Bubbly instead.

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9) Lime Cordial + Cucumber Tonic

Try a sunny spin on the classic lime + soda. The subtle flavour of cucumber is a staple of summer and it works beautifully alongside the sharpness of lime. This is one of the most refreshing drinks you will try this summer, without doubt.

Lime Cordial + Cucumber Tonic Recipe

  • Pour 10ml lime cordial into a glass and add 200ml of Cucumber Tonic Water
  • Add ice, slices of lime, and ribbons of cucumber for a flourish.

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10) Devon’s Summer Sunset Mocktail

There’s no better drink to toast the end of a long summer’s day than a Devon’s Summer Sunset. Passionfruit might just be the most summertime flavour possible – sweet, refreshing, and zingy; it’s the star of this alcohol-free summertime drink.

Devon’s Summer Sunset Mocktail recipe

  • To a >330ml glass; add mint, two lime wedges (squeezed and added to the glass), fresh slices of passion fruit, and crushed ice.
  • Pour in a bottle of Luscombe’s Passionate Ginger Beer and top up the glass with Raspberry Crush.
  • Stir and enjoy!

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A toast to alcohol-free drinking this summer

With a glass of Devon’s Summer Sunset in hand, it feels like a fitting time to bring our list of the 10 best alcohol-free summer drinks to its own sunset moment.

Let’s raise our glasses to the sky and toast a stunning sober summer, happy in the knowledge that we’ve got more than enough delicious drinks to try – hangover-free and full of flavour. Cheers!
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