Easy Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes for Entertaining Outdoors

  • April 12, 2021
Easy Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes for Entertaining Outdoors

At long last, it’s warm enough to entertain outdoors! Whether your social circle is fully vaccinated or you are still keeping six feet of social distance, one thing is for sure: your guests will love these refreshing cocktails and mocktails served al fresco. Avoiding alcohol because of personal preference, health reasons, or medications? All of these recipes have non-alcoholic substitutions. Cheers!

Red Sangria

One bottle red wine

Four shots of brandy

One apple, cubed

One pear, cubed

One cup fresh raspberries, washed

One orange, peeled, sectioned and cubed

One cup orange juice

One liter seltzer water

Place fresh fruit in the bottom of a pitcher and cover with brandy. Allow to sit for two to three hours. Mix in wine and orange juice and stir. Serve over ice with a hearty splash of seltzer water; the fruit tends to settle in the pitcher, so use a slotted spoon to add fruit to eat glass.

*For non-alcoholic sangria, replace the red wine with grape juice and omit the brandy for a fruity, hydrating spring mocktail.

Lavender Lemonade

One cup sugar

One cup water

One quarter cup food grade dried lavender buds

Purple food coloring

One carton lemonade (preferably Simply Fresh)

One lemon

In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil, until sugar is completely dissolved. Add dried lavender buds and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer for five minutes. Turn off heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Using a strainer or coffee filter, strain the lavender simple syrup into a measuring cup. Add a few drops of food coloring to the simple syrup to achieve a satisfying purple hue.

Pour over ice in a tall glass with paper straw and top with lavender simple syrup. Stir with paper straw and garnish with lemon slice.

*Add vodka to taste, if desired.

Virgin Pineapple-Jalapeño Margaritas

One cup sugar

One cup water

One small jalapeño

Two cups pineapple juice

Eight limes or one small bottle lime juice, plus extra lime for garnish

Boil sugar and water until sugar is dissolved to make simple syrup. Slice jalapeño and toss three slices into the simple syrup. Wash hands immediately. Turn off the stovetop and allow the mixture to cool. Use a spoon to pick out the jalapeño slices and discard.

Juice the limes. In a pitcher, mix lime juice, pineapple juice, and jalapeño simple syrup. Serve over ice with a lime garnish.

*Add tequila to taste, if desired.

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