Dry July Mocktail Recipes

Not only is it Plastic Free July, it’s also Dry July! This is the perfect time to try out some fun mocktail recipes!

To read more about my recipes and why I create them the way I do (without specific measurements, times, and temperatures) check out this blog post

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First of all, what is Dry July?

In general, dry July means you go alcohol free for the entire month of July. In New Zealand, Dry July is a fundraiser that challenges you to go alcohol-free and raise funds for New Zealanders affected by cancer.

And, what’s a mocktail?

A mocktail is a “non-alcoholic mixed drink is a cocktail-style beverage made without alcoholic ingredients.”

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For this Dry July, I thought I would come up with some fun mocktail ideas (and hey, if you’re reading this and it’s not Dry July anymore, feel free to turn these into cocktails instead). I’ve partnered up with the Soda Press Co. to bring you the yummiest, healthiest, and freshest mocktail recipes! Throughout my recipes, I used a SodaStream for our sparkling water. You can purchase your own SodaStream here. If you’re US based and want to purchase Soda Press syrups and concentrates, you can do so here. Check out my full list of cooking and drinks favorites here.

I made three mocktails: a blueberry & lime mocktail (inspired by a blueberry margarita), a passionfruit & mandarin mocktail (inspired by a fruity sangria), and a raspberry & mint mocktail (inspired by a berry mojito). I’ve also included a few extra recipes from Soda Press Co. (you can grab their free recipe book directly on their website).

Blueberry & Lime Margarita Inspired Mocktail:

Ingredients

  • Fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Fresh lime or lime essential oil
  • Soda Press Co Blueberry & Lime Syrup
  • Sparkling water
  • Jalapeños* (optional)
  • Blueberry simple syrup* (optional) 
  • Tequila* (for a cocktail not a mocktail)

Instructions

1. Muddle blueberries with lime juice (if you’re making a cocktail instead of a mocktail, now is when you should add in your tequila)

If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can even use a jar! These ones are perfect for single serving drinks.

If you want to sweeten it up or take things to the next level, add a homemade blueberry syrup with fresh or frozen blueberries and sugar. Add a little bit of water if needed. Reduce this on a stove until you have a thick syrup consistency.

2. Want to make it spicy? Add in a jalapeño (either whole, chopped, or muddled with the blueberries)! This mimics a blueberry jalapeño margarita.

3. Depending if you prefer the “pulp” and skins or not, you can strain out the liquid and throwaway the skins. Note that there may not be very much liquid if you’re not adding any tequila.

4. Fill your glass with ice and pour your muddled fruit, Soda Press Co syrup, and your sparkling water into the glass.

5. Top with blueberries if you choose and enjoy!

Alcohol-Free Passionfruit & Mandarin Sangria

Ingredients

  • Soda Press Co passionfruit & mandarin kombucha concentrate
  • Fresh fruit (oranges, passionfruit, berries, cherries, pineapple, lemons, etc)
  • Sparkling water (only if making mocktail)
  • Mint* (optional)
  • Wine (white wine or rose recommended) or bubbly wine of choice* (to make a true sangria instead of an alcohol-free sangria)
  • Add in triple sec* (for cocktail not mocktail)

Instructions

1. Cut your fresh fruit into small pieces (if applicable) and place in a jar.

2. Add desired amount of Soda Press Co passionfruit & mandarin kombucha concentrate.

3. Add in sparkling water or wine/bubbly wine and triple sec.

4. Add sugar or simple syrup if needed.

5. To meld the flavors together (specifically if using alcohol), let your creation sit in the fridge for a minimum of 30 mins.

6. Pour in glass, top with mint, and enjoy!

Raspberry & Mint Mojito Mocktail:

Ingredients

  • Soda Press Co raspberry & mint syrup
  • Fresh mint
  • Sparkling water
  • Fresh or frozen raspberries
  • Lime juice or lime essential oil
  • Simple syrup* (optional if you feel it needs a bit more sweetness)
  • White rum* (if making a cocktail not a mocktail)

Instructions

1. Muddle fresh mint and raspberries with a dash of water. If you’re making a cocktail instead of a mocktail, add white rum instead of water.

2. Strain your mint and raspberries (if you choose) into your glass.

3. Put a dash of Soda Press Co raspberry & mint syrup.

4. Mix well and shake well!

5. Fill the glass with ice and top with sparkling water.

6. Add fresh mint and raspberries if you choose. 

A few extra recipes:

“WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES” Pink Grapefruit & Rosemary Mocktail:

  • Soda Press Co Pink Grapefruit Soda Syrup
  • Sparkling Water
  • Pink Grapefruit Slices
  • Sprig of Rosemary

“Green Thumb” Elderflower & Cucumber Mocktail:

  • Soda Press Co
    Elderflower Soda Syrup
  • Sparkling Water
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cucumber Slither Garnish

“Gran’s Remedy” Kombucha & Apple Mocktail:

  • Soda Press Co
    Elderflower Soda Syrup
  • Soda Press Co original kombucha
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sparkling Water
  • Half a Granny Smith Apple (chopped)
  • Apple Fan Garnish

If you make any of these recipes, please tag me and Soda Press Co on Facebook or Instagram so we can see (and share) your creations! You can find Soda Press Co on Facebook here and Instagram here.

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Signing off,

Mary Taylor <3

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