It’s important to drink a lot of pure water, especially if you’re out in the sun all day. On occasion though, the situation calls for something more fun or festive. Below are a few cocktails and mocktails to try at your next summer soirée.
Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie
> 2/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
> 1/2 cup Coconut Yogurt
> 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
Blend these ingredients for a pretty purple beverage that’s best served in a clear glass or frozen mug. You can also stop by Organic Avenue for a Total Sweetheart Smoothie as a guilt-free treat made of blueberries, bananas, almond butter and Cashew Hemp Mylk. It’s sure to satisfy a sweet craving.
> 6 ounces tequila
> 3 ounces triple sec
> 8 ounces club soda
> 4 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
> 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
A margarita on the rocks or blended is perfect for any time of the day, and this version has only 150 calories. Using the lime zest around the rim eliminates the need for salt, but you can always add a little bit, if you prefer.
Chia Citrus Cooler
> 2 tablespoons chia seeds
> 4 cups freshly squeezed citrus juice of choice
Pour 1 tablespoon of the chia seeds in two separate mason jars. Add half the liquid to both jars and stir well. Chill a few hours before drinking, and give it a good shake to break up clumps of chia seeds before drinking.
> 1 ounce vodka
> 1 ounce cranberry juice
> 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
> 1 teaspoon agave or coconut nectar
Add contents and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a martini glass.
> 4 cups watermelon chunks
> 1 quart chilled water
> 1/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar
> 7 basil leaves
> Pinch of sea salt
Puree melon in a food processor or high-speed blender. Stir in other ingredients and serve from a pitcher, or double up the ingredients to add to a punch bowl. You can also add vodka or rum to this for an adult cocktail, or simply spike an OA Watermelon Juice for the same effect!
> 2 ounces vodka
> 4 ounces organic tomato juice
> 1/2 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
> 3 drops hot sauce
> Pepper and/or horseradish (optional)
Serve in a large glass with ice and your favorite garden veggies. Celery, green beans, peppers, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, baby asparagus, and cilantro are all great to add. This is the ideal weekend morning drink for when you’re just not ready for anything sweet and tropical yet. Plus, if you have kids, you can make them a virgin one.
> 1 bottle chilled red wine (medium dry is best)
> 16 ounces chilled plain or lime club soda
> 8 ounces Orange Juice
> 2 sliced limes
> 2 sliced lemons
> 2 sliced oranges
> 2 ounces brandy (optional)
Add all ingredients to a large pitcher. Cover it and chill. Serve over ice. Enjoy with lots of good friends, and don’t forget the Coconut Water for the morning after!