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Mocktail Drinks for Summer Entertaining and a Giveaway!

What a scorcher this week has been! In the weather forecast the whole U.S. is covered in a blanket of sizzling red and orange!

I didn’t know when we decided to post our favorite family-friendly drinks this week we’d be in a hazy heatwave, but these drinks couldn’t have come at a better time.

We throw a lot of mocktail parties for baby showers and all-ages entertaining, so I’m a big fan of quality juices because it makes a huge difference in the way your drinks will taste. I like to gather a bunch of juices, club soda, tonic water, grenadine, fresh herbs, and citrus garnishes to make mocktail drinks for summer entertaining. Your guests can mix their own mocktails, or ask them to come with their own idea for a drink that all ages can enjoy! I thought I’d share two recipes that I absolutely love:

Sunset on the Beach

Super easy: Mix half Simply Cranberry Cocktail with half Simply Orange Juice on the rocks. You can add a splash of club soda, if you’d like.


Cranberry Mint Soda

Smash two fresh mint leaves and 1 teaspoon of turbinado sugar together in a shaker (or pitcher.) Add a scoop of ice and about 1/2 cup Simply Cranberry Cocktail. Fill a glass with ice, add glug of club soda, and then pour the cranberry juice through the strainer into the glass. Completely refreshing. You can make a huge pitcher of this by smashing a cup of loosely packed mint leaves, 1/2 cup of turbinado sugar, then adding cranberry cocktail and club soda. Grown-ups, a little vodka turns this into a great back porch relaxer.

And great news! Simply Orange is giving away an awesome prize pack for you to try Simply Cranberry Cocktail for your own summer entertaining! You can check Simply Orange out on Facebook, too.

The Get Together & Enjoy Great Taste Prize Pack:

(2) Coupons redeemable for a 59 fl. oz. carafe of Simply Cranberry Cocktail
(1) Coupon redeemable for a 13.5 fl. oz. carafe of Simply Cranberry Cocktail
(1) Customizable Slate + Wood Serving Board from West Elm
(6) Silver glass votive holders with unscented tea light candles from West Elm
(1) One-year print subscription to Bon Appetit plus current issue
(1) $25 Gift card to Stonewall Kitchen

Just leave your name and tell us how you let your great taste shine!


Fine print:

The prize was provided by Simply Orange Juice Company, but Simply Orange Juice Company is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Simply Orange Juice Company. Entrants must be 18 or older and located in the US only. Winner to be chosen at random. Contest closes at 11:59pm EST July 15th.



Congratulations to commenter #15: :Mattie!

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Comments (20)

  1. Carly 07/12/2012 at 9:12 pm

    I let my great taste shine by using the freshest ingredients possible.

  2. Lisa Dulara 07/11/2012 at 11:35 pm

    I shared this as well! 🙂

  3. Lisa Dulara 07/11/2012 at 12:04 pm

    I love to use crushed ice in my summer drinks or small chips. Also, bits of cutup fruit, berries, mint leaves are all nice touches when frozen in ice cubes. And whether it’s a mocktail or the real deal- fun summer glasses really add to the fun!

  4. Julie 07/11/2012 at 9:01 am

    I let mine show by being a people person

  5. [email protected] 07/10/2012 at 4:30 pm

    Fun shaped ice makes drinks so much more fun!

  6. Mattie 07/10/2012 at 3:49 pm

    I always season everything to taste. Most everything could do with a little salt. I have also discovered agave nectar. Love the flavored ones for pancakes.

  7. Jill Woods 07/10/2012 at 10:51 am

    I let my great taste shine by adding fresh mint leaves to fresh squeezed lemonade. 🙂

  8. Christina Z 07/09/2012 at 10:14 pm

    Fabulous and refreshing prize.I let my taste shine by getting creative and festive with decor and food at our dinner parties.

  9. Not Just A Mommy! 07/09/2012 at 7:48 pm

    Oh, how fabulous! I let my great taste shine with fabulous garnishes like fresh fruit and paper straws. They make a great drink amazing!

  10. Noreen 07/09/2012 at 3:11 pm

    I love adding Rainer cherries to my lemonade. We have been stuffing ourselves with them.

  11. Elizabeth K 07/09/2012 at 2:55 pm

    We’ve been trying to “eat a rainbow” at every meal! My kids love to try to get fruits and veggies of every color in!

  12. Emily Barklage 07/09/2012 at 1:51 pm

    This summer I’ve been letting my taste shine by visiting the local farmers’ markets each week and using the freshest ingredients possible!

  13. McKinney Mommas 07/09/2012 at 1:45 pm

    I let my great taste shine, by using fresh herbs and spices in the summer cocktails I mix up! I love to keep it fresh and local whenever possible! That’s why I grow my own basil, mint, thyme and oregano so I can whip up a delicious cocktail in a flash!
    (mckinneymommas at yahoo dot com)

  14. Tabitha 07/09/2012 at 12:42 pm

    Excited to try these recipes! We’re always looking for some fresh summer {family-friendly} drinks.

  15. Kendra Krebs 07/09/2012 at 12:22 pm

    I love trying new drink recipes! Part of the fun of having a party is trying new recipes!

  16. Patty Wu 07/09/2012 at 12:18 pm

    The mocktails all sound very tasty! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  17. Gina Moguel 07/09/2012 at 12:12 pm

    My family and I love to entertain in her home throughout the summer. We always try to highlight the occasion with a new drink to serve to our family and friends.

  18. Livivua c 07/07/2012 at 4:43 pm

    I love to learn about new drinks- I have many cocktail making books!

  19. Melissa M. 07/07/2012 at 10:24 am

    I love Simply Orange and Simply Lemonade. I can’t wait to try out the recipes!

  20. Alison Kallstrom 07/07/2012 at 8:32 am

    This is a great giveaway! Great taste is all about simple, fresh ingredients. 🙂 Yum.