Alcohol-free drinks for the great outdoors

Date Published

1st April 2021



Alcohol free


The Drinkaware team thought it would be a great idea to offer some inspiration for alcohol-free drinks to try in the garden or to take with a picnic to your nearest green space.

Tropical fizz from home

This zingy drink is refreshing and light -perfect for sunny days.

Serves eight small glasses

  • 400 ml soda water
  • 250 ml lime juice (fresh)
  • 100 ml simple syrup
  • 14 sage leaves (fresh)
  • 300 ml of pineapple juice (fresh)
  • Gather the ingredients.
  • Build the ingredients in an ice-filled pitcher.
  • Stir well.
  • Garnish each with a pineapple wedge and enjoy!
  • Fresh lime juice makes a better tasting drink. The average lime yields almost 30 millilitres of juice, so you will need at least 8 pieces of fruit for this recipe.
  • Pineapple is a very juicy fruit, so if you don't have an electric juicer, you can muddle chunks to extract its juice (strain out the mashed fruit to produce a chunk-free juice). It won't be as efficient or quick, but the fresh taste is worth the effort. You will likely need half of a pineapple to get the juice needed for the recipe.

Fresh cut grass in a glass

A drink that’s great to share and can be made with sparkling or still water to your desired taste.

Serves four glasses.

  • 1 x 30g pack mint leaves picked
  • 8 slices of cucumber
  • 50ml lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 250ml cloudy apple juice
  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • about 250ml sparkling water, or iced still water, to top up
  • Put the mint leaves (keep a few of the prettiest leaves to serve) and cucumber in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, large-lidded jar or a jug and muddle together with a cocktail muddler, the end of a rolling pin, or even a wooden spoon.
  • Add lemon juice, apple juice, honey and ice cubes and shake or mix vigorously to ensure the honey is well distributed. Pour into 4 glasses and top up with your chosen water.

Shrubbery in summer

This sharp and juicy drink is a bright in flavour and colour, so it’s lovely to look at and taste.

Makes one drink.

  • 25ml Apple Juice
  • 35ml Lemon Juice
  • 35ml Cranberry Juice
  • 2-4 Blackberries
  • Blackberry to garnish
  • Take your glass
  • Add 2 - 4 blackberries to the glass
  • Muddle your blackberries with your muddler
  • Pour 25ml of lemon juice and add to the glass
  • Fill the glass with cubed ice
  • Pouring both at the same time, fill with equal amounts apple and cranberry juice
  • Using a spoon give the drink a quick stir
  • Top with more ice if needed
  • Garnish with a Blackberry
  • Serve and Enjoy!

The new tea on the lawn

A touch of spice is always welcome as the days get warmer and this drink doesn’t disappoint.

Serves five glasses.

  • 250ml cold lapsang souchong tea (this needs to be brewed and left to cool)
  • 2500ml lemon juice
  • 1 tsp marmalade or ginger jam
  • 3 tsp loose set honey
  • Ice (enough for each glass)
  • Slice dried orange or crystallised ginger (optional)
  • Put your glasses in the fridge to chill.
  • Place the cold tea, lemon juice and marmalade in a cocktail shaker, large-lidded jar or a jug and muddle together with a cocktail muddler, the end of a rolling pin, or even a wooden spoon to break down the marmalade so it starts to dissolve.
  • Stir in the honey then add the ice.
  • Shake well, until the outside of the shaker or whatever the drink is in feels cold, strain into a bowl.
  • Finally, strain the drink again into the chilled glasses and serve as it is or garnish.