Alas, our Summer of Love is nearly at it end! However, since there’s still PLENTY of summer ahead for us all, we thought we’d take renewed inspiration from The Potion Diaries (available as a free read until June 19th!) and put together a few literary themed mocktails for your summer enjoyment! These fun, flavorful recipes are perfect for pool parties, birthday celebrations, or just as a refreshing complement while reading. If you like these and are looking for more, take a look at our previous mocktails post!
(Inspired by Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten)
Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls is a white knuckle thriller everyone should check out. Not to give too much away, but it does begin with a fiery introduction. Spicy, sweet, and fantastically sour, this mocktail is an excellent summer chiller to go along with an excellent thriller.
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- 1 bottle tamarind soda
- A sprinkle of cayenne pepper
- Cinnamon Stick for garnish
Place your lime wedges in a short glass and muddle. Add ice and sprinkle in cayenne pepper. Top with tamarind soda. Garnish with cinnamon stick.
Coconut, Cucumber Lime, and Mint Cooler
(Inspired by Confessions of a High School Disaster by Emma Chastain)
High school, even for those of us that claim to have loved it, was kind of a train wreck. A fun one, but an exhausting train wreck nonetheless. Chloe Snow’s diary entries touch on so many of the awkward, wonderful, painful, and beautiful moments of adolescence. This mocktail takes advantage of coconut water’s hydration powers, and will help you get through your own awkward years.
- 4 cups coconut water
- 2 cucumbers, very thinly sliced
- ½ cup lime juice
- Sugar to taste (optional)
- ¼ cup chopped mint leaves
Combine coconut water, cucumbers, lime juice, sugar and mint leaves. Let chill for 1 to 2 hours. Serve over ice.
(Inspired by The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton)
I know, I know. This title is a little bit on the nose when paired with this mocktail. However, this incredible story is too much of a personal favorite to leave off the list. Full of magical realism, this examination on the nature of family and love is impossible to put down. As for the recipe, the lavender syrup makes this lemonade a drink you’ll want to partake in well after summer has gone.
- 6 cups water
- ½ cup honey
- 1/3 cup dried lavender
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice
Bring Water and honey to a boil in a large pot over medium high heat. Gently crush the lavender in a mortar and pestle or in a bowl. Add the crushed lavender to the pot, then remove it from the heat. Cover, refrigerate, and steep for 2 hours. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve. Stir in the lemon juice and serve over ice.
(Inspired by Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett)
Is there anything better than a large pitcher of punch for summer pool parties? Maybe the rush of young love, especially when it comes with a little hint of anonymity. This recipe works fantastically for large parties, or for sharing with mismatched You’ve got Mail style romantic shenanigans.
- 1 (0.13-oz.) package unsweetened cherry drink mix
- 6 cups white cranberry juice
- 2 cups of water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup berries (chopped strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, or cherries all work great)
Stir together drink mix, cranberry juice, water, and sugar. Add in berries. Place in a pitcher and chill. Serve over ice.
Ginger Peach Soda
(Inspired by Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin)
So maybe apricots would have been more fitting for this recipe, but I couldn’t resist the allure of ripe summer peaches. Though this drink will have none of the purported healing properties of apricot pit medicine, it is delicious and brings a little southern twist to our list.
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons minced ginger
- 2 very ripe peaches, halves pitted, and thinly sliced
- 2 liters soda water, chilled
- Mint Leaves for garnish
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, bring 1 cup of water, sugar, and ginger to a gentle simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove simple syrup from heat, cover, and steep for about 30 minutes. Over a medium bowl, pour syrup through a fine mesh sieve, pressing mince ginger against the sieve with the back of a spoon to extract flavor. Discard ginger. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled. Evenly distribute peach slices among 8 tall glasses. Lightly muddle peaches. Add two tablespoons of chilled syrup to each glass. Add ice cubes and top with soda water. Stir gently.
Elderflower Iced Tea
(Inspired by Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach)
Is there a more classic hot weather beverage than iced tea? Simple and easy to make, it’s easily recognized by kids everywhere…even if they happen to be over 200 years old. This fun spin on the original sweet tea recipe is perfect for sharing with friends and family, regardless of age or mortality.
- 4 regular-size tea bags
- 5 cups water, divided
- ½ cup sugar
- Garnishes: lemon slices, mint sprigs
- 2 ounces Elderflower syrup
Bring tea bags and 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; turn off heat. Cover and steep 30 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Pour into a 1/2-gallon pitcher, and add 3 cups water, Elderflower syrup and sugar, stirring well. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.
(Inspired by The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder)
Heartbreak sucks. We can all admit it. In The Museum of Heartbreak, Penelope Marx explores the different hurt that comes from broken relationship, fractured friendships, and unrequited love. This drink is perfect for both refreshing summer relaxation, or simply as a tonic for salty hearts everywhere.
- 1.5 oz Lime Juice
- 1 oz Grapefruit Juice
- 1 oz agave syrup
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- Soda water to taste
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain over ice into a tall glass and top with soda.
Do you have any favorite mocktail recipes you’d like to share? Do you think that any other recipes would suit these books better? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to explore all the books on our Summer of Love promotion!