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4 Refreshing Mocktails to Help Beat the Heat

Paul L. Underwood
by Paul L. Underwood
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4 Refreshing Mocktails to Help Beat the Heat

There’s never been a better time to hold the alcohol because some of the best bars and restaurants in the country are putting as much effort into creating refreshing mocktails as they do with the hard stuff.

Better yet, we spoke with two of our favorites — Austin’s renowned Yard Bar, and Nashville’s Chauhan Ale & Masala House, home to James Beard winner (and “Iron Chef” judge) Maneet Chauhan — to get their recipes, so you can make them yourself at home. Enjoy responsibly …

The Sober Sage from Chauhan Ale & Masala House


  • 3/4 ounce homemade sage pomegranate syrup
  • 1 ounce ginger beer
  • 1 ounce lime
  • 1 ounce green mango juice
  • Soda water
  • Mint, to garnish 


Pour sage pomegranate syrup, ginger beer and mango juice into a glass with ice, top with soda water and add mint and a lime wheel to garnish. 

The Moni & The Mule from Chauhan Ale & Masala House


  • 1/2 ounce ginger beer 
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • Pinch of cayenne 
  • 2 dashes of lavender bitters 
  • 11/2 ounce tamarind soda 
  • Fresh mint


Add all ingredients except tamarind soda to cocktail shaker and shake for 5 seconds. Double-strain into tall glass. Top with tamarind soda. Garnish with mint sprig.

The Afternoon Delight From Yard Bar


  • 3/4 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 ounce cucumber and mint simple syrup*
  • Sparkling water


Combine grapefruit juice and cucumber-mint syrup in a 12-ounce glass. Shake to combine; top with with sparkling water and garnish with a fresh mint sprig or cucumber slice.

The Boom! Berries From Yard Bar

(Build in a 12 ounce cup)


  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce raspberry simple syrup
  • Sparkling water


Combine ingredients in a 12-ounce glass. Shake and top with with sparkling water. Garnish with a lime wedge

*Yard Bar’s simple syrup recipes:

Cucumber and Mint


  • 1/2 of an English cucumber
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 2 cups of sugar (substitute 16 ounces of agave nectar for a healthier option)
  • 2 cups of water

Raspberry Simple Syrup

  • 8 ounces raspberries
  • 2 cups of sugar (substitute 16 ounces of agave nectar for a healthier option)
  • 2 cups of water

Making simple syrups with fresh ingredients is fun and, just like the name, simple. Hot water will help dissolve the sugars, however you want to be cautious not to cook the infusing berries, herbs or cucumber. I recommend using room temperature water and a hand blender to mix ingredients together. After blending all ingredients together let sit and strain when the flavors are extracted to your liking. You can always use more cucumber, mint or berries for a stronger flavor. Have fun!

About the Author

Paul L. Underwood
Paul L. Underwood

Paul is a writer based in Austin, Texas. He tweets here, he Instagrams there and he posts the occasional deep thought at He’s probably working on a run mix as you read this.


5 responses to “4 Refreshing Mocktails to Help Beat the Heat”

  1. Avatar Schmick Photoman says:

    Half the world is in winter… can we think of something more relevant? Are most of your users in the us? How many are not?

    • Avatar Jaelani says:

      If half the world is experiencing winter than the other half is not, correct? If you think “mocktails” are a summer time only drink that would mean this is relevant to those experiencing summer. And newsflash, those who don’t drink alcohol. The nerve of you thinking an American based app/company shouldn’t create content based off of it’s location.

  2. Avatar collaroygal says:

    Agave nectar is not a healthy choice. It is processed and mostly fructose. A far better choice is sparkling water with a dry white or red wine. Easier too.

  3. Avatar Rick Knowles says:

    Let’s be thankful for having a place the whole world can share, STRAVA.

  4. Avatar LadyKaltag says:

    There’s no instructions on how to make the homemade sage pomegranate syrup in the first drink :/

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