This citrus strawberry mocktail recipe is the perfect refreshing summer drink! It’s great for parties, baby showers where you want a non-alcoholic drink, and really anytime you want something smooth, citrusy, and refreshing!
Creating the Perfect Mocktail Recipe
This citrus mocktail recipe was originally created as part of the Clinton Kelly Make Over Your Margarita challenge! I was asked by Clinton Kelly’s team to make a margarita and since I don’t drink alcohol, I made a mocktail recipe using margarita flavors instead!
This mocktail recipe uses two of my favorite flavors together – strawberry and citrus! I love those flavors so much that I also made a strawberry lavender lemonade that combines the flavors again! For me, the goal when creating the perfect mocktail recipe is to make a drink that tastes special and worth drinking my calories.
So many times mocktails end up being just flavored club soda, and I really wanted to get away from that with this citrus mocktail. Instead, the flavors are centered around the strawberry simple syrup and then the lime really just accentuates that flavor.
How to Make This Citrus Mocktail
This citrus strawberry mocktail is absolutely perfect for the summer. It’s a little sweet, fruity, and 100% refreshing. I’ll definitely be making these at some of my upcoming outdoor parties, the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day. Start it off with a simple syrup made with water, sugar, and fresh summer strawberries. Then combine that with some lemon-lime soda, lime juice, and macerated strawberries for the perfect mocktail flavor.
I typically start with one TBS of simple syrup for one cup of lemon lime soda, but play with it a bit to see how flavorful you like it – the more simple syrup, the sweeter the drink gets! Want it even sweeter? Add some of the actual macerated strawberries into the drink as well!
How to Garnish This Strawberry Mocktail Recipe
One of my favorite things to do is to garnish the rim of a mocktail glass with some sort of flavored sugar like I did with this blackberry mocktail. This strawberry citrus mocktail was just calling for a citrus garnish, so I went with a lime sugar to rim the glasses.
To make the lime sugar, simply mix lime zest with sugar until you get a good consistency. Wet the rims of your glasses with a bit of water (or lemon-lime soda) and dip into the the lime sugar for an added pop of citrus flavor.
Don’t forget to pin this strawberry mocktail recipe for later.
Foods That Pair Well With These Mocktails
If you want to stick with the strawberry or citrus theme, try any of these delicious menu items to go with this mocktail recipe!
Citrus Mocktail Recipe
A simple citrus mocktail recipe that's refreshing and delicious!
For the Strawberry Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup strawberries , chopped and pulsed in the blender
For the Mocktail
- 1 TBS strawberry simple syrup
- 1 cup lemon-lime soda
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 1 TBS macerated strawberries optional
For the Simple Syrup
Mix sugar, water, and strawberries together in a pot.
Heat over medium heat until boiling.
Mix together while boiling until sugar is completely dissolved.
Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer to strain liquid syrup from leftover strawberries. If you'd like to add additional flavor to the citrus strawberry mocktail, you can put some of the leftover strawberry mixture into the drink.
For the mocktail
Mix strawberry simple syrup, lemon-lime soda, lime juice, and macerated strawberries together for the ultimate citrus mocktail!
The simple syrup recipe can be used for multiple drinks. The rest of the recipe is written for one mocktail.
If you would like your drink sweeter use more of the macerated strawberries from the strawberry simple syrup.
If you would like your drink less sweet, use half (or none) of the macerated strawberries and use club soda in place of the lemon-lime soda.
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