Non-alcoholic cocktails for summer

Now that summer has finally arrived, Brits everywhere will be planning outdoor get-togethers and barbecues to make the most of the sunshine and warm evenings. But for those of you who are off the booze, for whatever reason, the same old drinks probably keep cropping up.

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Alcohol free doesn't have to mean dull though - a few non-alcoholic cocktails (or mocktails, as they're sometimes known) can easily spice up your al fresco parties and leave you hangover free in the morning.

The Designated Driver
Whether you've actually drawn the drivers' straw or are avoiding alcohol for another reason, this deliciously fruity cocktail will be a pleasure. A simple mix of cranberry, grapefruit, orange and pineapple juice (2oz measures of each) in a tall glass filled with ice, it's refreshing, colourful and true to its name.

Coco Colada
The virgin version of the famous Puerto Rican cocktail, the Coco Colada is ideal for a lazy summer afternoon. Just pour 4 oz of pineapple juice, 2 oz of coconut cream and some ice into a blender and garnish with an orange or pineapple slice for an exotic and sumptuous mocktail.

Arnold Palmer
When it comes to mixing cocktails, it doesn't come much simpler than an Arnold Palmer. This refreshing daytime delight is created by mixing 3 oz of lemonade and 3 oz of iced tea and a generous helping of ice for a sipping sensation that's cool in more ways than one.

Unfuzzy Navel
Stunning to look at and bursting with flavour, the Unfuzzy Navel combines 3oz of peach juice, a similar proportion of orange juice and a tablespoon of lemon juice with a cheeky dash of grenadine. Properly mixed, it'll remind you of a Caribbean sunset.

Orange Julius
A classic blended mocktail that's cool, smooth and creamy. Take 180ml of frozen orange juice concentrate, 150g of sugar, 200ml of milk and a teaspoon of vanilla extract for an easy-drinking mocktail that's ideal for chilling out. Orange juice ice cubes and fresh orange juice work just as well as frozen concentrate, and best of all, the recipe can be easily adapted to create mango, peach or strawberry alternatives.

What's your favourite alcohol-free cocktail? Leave your comments below...