Let’s face it – drinking water at a party can get very boring and the usual alternatives – soda and juice – will leave you feeling a little hyper and with aching teeth. To survive summer barbeques and parties, we’ve rounded up three of the best and healthy mocktail recipes that are easy to make, hydrating, and low in calories. Top tip: keep your fridge/freezer stocked with ice, lime, mint and sparklingwater.


2 ounce fresh Granny Smith apple juice

3/4 ounce rosemary simple syrup

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

Soda water, for topping

Rosemary sprig, for garnish

Pour first three ingredients over ice in a tall highball glass and top with soda water. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.


6 cups water

½ cup light-colored honey

⅓ cup dried lavender

1 cup fresh lemon juice, strained

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 with a meat tenderizer. 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.

Watermelon3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup chopped peeled fresh ginger

10 cup diced watermelon

3/4 cup fresh lime juice

4 cups chilled club soda


Garnish: mint sprigs

Combine sugar, water, and ginger in a small saucepan over high heat.

Cook until sugar ­dissolves, stirring with a whisk. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 15 minutes.

Strain; discard solids. Working in batches, place diced watermelon and fresh lime juice in a blender; process until smooth.

Strain watermelon mixture through a fine sieve into a pitcher; discard solids.

Stir in sugar syrup and chilled club soda. Serve over ice; garnish with finely sliced ginger or lime