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Beat the Heat with Refreshing Mocktails

Beat the Heat with Refreshing Mocktails

Summer is here, and with it comes the desire for cool, delicious drinks. Who says you need alcohol to enjoy a refreshing beverage? Mocktails are having a major moment, offering a delightful and sophisticated alternative without the buzz.

Why Mocktails?

Several things have contributed to the rise of mocktails.


More and more people are opting for non-alcoholic options, whether because of health reasons or simple preference!

Craft Beverage Boom

Just like with craft drinks and specialty coffees, there’s a whole world of creative mocktails out there. Bartenders and homebodies alike use high-quality ingredients and innovative techniques to create unique and flavorful drinks.

Focus on Wellness

Mocktails often use fresh fruits, herbs, and spices, which align perfectly with the growing interest in healthy and refreshing beverages.


Next time you’re relaxing on your Telegraph Gardens patio, soaking up the sun on the rooftop deck, or socializing with neighbors, consider whipping up one of these mocktails, all from the experts at!


Mock Watermelon Agua Fresca at Telegraph Gardens

Mock Watermelon Agua Fresca

This vibrant drink is a classic for a reason! Packed with fresh watermelon and your choice of sweetener, it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.


  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • Mint, lime, or watermelon wedges for garnish (optional)
  • Sweetener (choose one):

1-3 tablespoons honey

1-3 tablespoons powdered monk fruit sweetener

1-3 tablespoons sugar

A few drops of liquid Stevia


  • Blend watermelon, sweetener, and 1 cup of water in a high-speed blender until smooth.
  • Strain the mixture into a pitcher and add the remaining water.
  • Serve over ice with a squeeze of lime and your desired garnish.

Mock Mojito at Telegraph Gardens

Mock Mojito

This twist on the classic mojito is perfect for a hot summer day. The combination of fresh mint, lime, and sparkling water is light and refreshing.


  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of your chosen sweetener (see notes above)
  • Sparkling water
  • 1 fl oz non-alcoholic rum (optional)


  • Muddle the lime and sweetener in a glass.
  • Clap the mint leaves to release their scent, and add them to the glass.
  • Add non-alcoholic rum (optional) and top with sparkling water and ice.
  • Stir, garnish with lime or mint, and enjoy!

Mock Sangria at Telegraph Gardens

Mock Sangria

This alcohol-free sangria is bursting with juicy fruit flavors. It’s perfect for any social gathering or simply relaxing at home.


  • 1 orange, sliced into rings
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rings
  • 1 fl oz maple syrup or your preferred sweetener
  • 1 green apple, sliced into wedges
  • 5 fl oz orange juice
  • 25 fl oz bottle of non-alcoholic red wine or juice alternative
  • 16 fl oz sparkling beverage of your choice


  • Muddle the orange, lemon, and sweetener in a large pitcher.
  • Add apple wedges, orange juice, and a non-alcoholic wine or juice alternative.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour (3-4 hours is ideal) for the flavors to meld.
  • Before serving, add your chosen sparkling beverage.
  • Serve chilled, and enjoy!

Mock Moscow Mule at Telegraph Gardens

Mock Moscow Mule

This alcohol-free take on the Moscow Mule is just as refreshing as the original, if not more! The combination of ginger beer, zesty lime, and fresh mint creates a delightful taste sensation.


  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 1 cup diet ginger beer (or regular)
  • 1 oz alcohol-free vodka (optional)
  • Sweetener of choice


  • Muddle the lime and sweetener in a copper mug.
  • Add alcohol-free vodka (if using).
  • Clap the mint leaves and add them to the mug with a gentle muddle.
  • Fill the mug with ice and top with ginger beer. Stir gently.
  • Garnish with mint and lime wedges, then enjoy!

Mock Passionfruit Sparkler at Telegraph Gardens

Mock Passionfruit Sparkler

This tropical drink is bursting with passionfruit flavor and immediately takes your mind to the beach!


  • 1 passionfruit
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • Soda water
  • Sweetener of choice


  • Scoop the passionfruit pulp into a glass.
  • Add lime juice, coconut water, and plenty of ice. Stir well.
  • For a sparkling version, use half coconut water and half soda water.
  • Garnish and serve!


These are a few ideas to get you started. With a little creativity and experimentation, you can create endless mocktail variations to suit your taste buds.

Telegraph Gardens’ spacious patios are the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a refreshing drink with friends and neighbors. Embrace the delicious world of mocktails! Your taste buds (and your wallet) will thank you.

Looking for a place to call home in Berkeley, California, where you can sit back and enjoy your downtime to the fullest? Telegraph Gardens has a stunning location, convenient amenities, and a wide range of floor plans to choose from. Contact us today to schedule a tour and see for yourself why Telegraph Gardens is the perfect home for you!


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