Summery Cocktails (Virgin Territory)

Fun, summery non-alcoholic drinks abound, so there’s no excuse for serving non-drinking guests sodas or Shirley Temples!

Juice Spritzers—juice plus sparkling water or soda—can be scrumptious. Try guava juice or Pom pomegranate juice (by far the best-tasting brand, say hounds) with ginger ale. AnneInMpls suggests a shot of cranberry juice, the juice of half a lime, and seltzer or club soda (if it’s too tart, add simple syrup to taste).

Watermelon juice is always a big hit, and is very easy to make, says curiousbaker. Just cut watermelon into big hunks, wrap in cheesecloth, and squeeze with your hands into a bowl or pitcher. (It’s easy to do and goes very quickly, she promises.) Let a vanilla bean sit in the juice for a few hours before serving, and serve it very, very cold.

Jamaica —the Mexican beverage made from dried hibiscus flowers—is lovely and very easy to make. Add 1 1/4 cups jamaica flowers (find them at Hispanic groceries) to a gallon plus 2 cups boiling water, and let them steep until the water is cool (or you can steep it overnight. The jamaica will turn a bright ruby color. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve, and sweeten to taste (Sam D.).

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