I’ve decided (and Timothy is partnering up with me) to take a break from alcohol for the month of June. I’ve developed something of a beer tummy, and I sometimes worry, a little, that I may lapse back into college-era self destruction. Not that I currently feel, even remotely, that level of bleakness, but even in a good headspace, it’s always a concern in the back of my mind. I just want to take some time to reset and refresh. Taking a break is never a bad thing.

Rather than bemoaning the fact that I can’t enjoy summer beers or gin until July, I thought it would be nice to get fancy, and celebrate the season with some fresh flavors. I scoured the internet, and these all look promising.

I think the word “mocktail” is really stupid. Seriously. Can we do away with that? These are beautiful and artful in their own right; I’ve been intentional in my choice of not including alcohol-free versions of beloved cocktails. I have a lot of love and respect for the chefs and mixologists who take the time to create libations like these.

Soft Summer Cocktails :: girldust.com

(l to r/t to b):

fizzy herbed pineapple limeade from The Pig and Quill

blackberry, lemon, and thyme soda from Reclaiming Provincial

strawberry basil soda from The Kitchn

coconut lavender lemonade from Confectionalism

Soft Summer Cocktails :: girldust.com

(l to r/t to b)

pear, rosemary, and lemongrass cocktail from Green Kitchen Stories

La Bohème Noir from The Kitchn

sparkling rosemary limeade from The Kitchn

roasted peach lemonade from The Naptime Chef

Lots of herbs, fruit, and fizz. Yes, please. Here’s to summer! Happy June. ♥

 

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