These Summer Mocktails made with Vitality essential oils are so refreshing and invigorating. The essential oils add just the right amount of flavor, without overpowering the drink. Sip on one of these mocktail recipes poolside, on the beach, or anywhere the summer sun takes you. They are perfect for summer soirees with friends!
I love making yummy drinks (cocktails and mocktails)! Long story short, I put myself through college working as a bartender in an oceanfront restaurant. It became a fun way to make extra money, even after I had a ‘real’ job.
Not to brag or anything, but I was voted one of the top female bartenders in my hometown. Yes, that really happened! Anyways, these days my drinks lean more to the mocktail side of things, and I love to incorporate my Vitality essential oils into my recipes.
Vitality Essential Oils in Food and Beverages
The Vitality line of essential oils by Young Living is specifically labeled as a dietary supplement and safe for culinary use. Since its release in 2016, the Vitality line has transformed the way I cook and bake.
There are 4 categories in the Vitality line including Herb, Spice, Citrus, and Supplement. From savory dishes to baked goods, the Vitality line can be used in almost all of your cooking recipes. Vitality oils are perfect for adding flavor to your favorite foods and beverages. They also have health benefits when taken internally.
How to Make a Mocktail
A mocktail is a play on an alcoholic beverage, just without the booze. You can add alcohol to any of these recipes if you like. I am not a fan of overly sweet beverages, so these recipes have just the right balance of sugar and fruit.
Seltzer water or fruit juice takes the place of the alcohol, without losing any flavor. Garnishing a beverage with a mint sprig or a lemon wedge makes it just a little bit fancier. Take a break from plain old citrus water this summer and mix up a mocktail!
Drinks don’t need alcohol to be fun! Enjoy a Summer Mocktail at your next gathering. Here are 4 drink recipes that will liven up your summer, and make it more delicious:
4 Summer Mocktail Recipes using Vitality Oils
Cucumber Lime Mojito
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp coconut sugar (or honey)
- sparkling water
- 4-5 slices of cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 4-5 fresh mint leaves
- 2 drops Lime Vitality essential oil
- 1 drop Spearmint Vitality essential oil
Add lime juice, coconut sugar and mint leaves to the bottom of a tall glass. Gently crush the mint leaves with a muddle or the back of a spoon. Add lime and spearmint essential oils and cucumber slices. Fill with ice and sparkling water. Stir. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Strawberry Basil Fizz
- 2-3 sliced fresh strawberries
- fresh basil leaves
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- sparkling water
- 2 drops Basil Vitality essential oil
- 1 drop Jade Lemon Vitality essential oil
In a low cocktail glass, add strawberries, basil leaves, and simple syrup. Gently crush the strawberries and basil leaves with a muddle or the back of a spoon. Add lemon juice and vitality essential oils. Stir. Fill with ice and sparkling water. Garnish with a strawberry and a sprig of basil.
Pomegranate Orange Punch
- 2 ounces pomegranate juice
- 1-ounce orange juice
- 1 oz simple syrup
- ginger beer
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- pomegranate arils
- 2 drops Orange Vitality essential oil
- 1 drop Ginger Vitality essential oil
In a cocktail shaker, combine pomegranate juice, orange juice, essential oils, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake. Pour into a medium glass. Fill to the top with ginger beer and add sliced oranges. Top with pomegranate arils.
Lemon Lavender Spritzer
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 tablespoon honey
- lemon sparkling water (I used Spindrift Lemon)
- 3 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil
- 1 toothpick swirl Lavender Vitality essential oil
- lavender flowers (optional)
- lemon slices
Juice one lemon into the bottom of a tall glass. Mix in honey and essential oils. Add ice and stir. Fill with sparkling water. Garnish with a lemon slice and lavender flowers.
Notes and Substitutions:
- You can use plain or flavored sparkling water like La Croix. Club soda contains added sugar. I did not provide the exact amount of sparkling water in the recipe since this will depend on the type of glass you use. Simply fill your glass to the top with sparkling water.
- Simple syrup is easy to make with sugar and water, or you can use storebought.
- If you would prefer to add alcohol, try the following options:
- Cucumber Lime Mojito – 1 ½ oz White Rum
- Strawberry Basil Fizz – 1 ½ oz Gin
- Pomegranate Orange Punch – 1 ½ oz Dark Rum
- Lemon Lavender Spritz – 1 ½ oz Vodka
- For the Lavender Vitality, dip a clean, dry toothpick into the essential oil bottle. Remove the toothpick and swirl it around in the beverage. One full drop will be overpowering.