This low sugar strawberry mocktail with lemon is a refreshing beverage sure to cool you off on a hot day! It’s also something fun to make and drink as an alternative to alcohol. Made with four simple ingredients, it’s ready to sip in about five minutes.

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I love a good cocktail every now and then, but as a Registered Dietitian, I would choose a low sugar mocktail more often! This strawberry lemon mocktail is super refreshing, not too sweet, and so easy to make! It’s ready to drink in about five minutes, and makes two servings. It is vegan and gluten free!

What is a mocktail?

A mocktail is simply a cocktail or mixed drink made without any alcohol. Some mocktails might include syrups, sodas, or other mixers you would find in an alcoholic cocktail, but these ingredients can be laden with added sugar. This strawberry lemon mocktail is low in sugar as it utilizes club soda, fresh strawberries and lemon juice, and just one teaspoon of added sugar per serving!

Ingredients in strawberry & lemon mocktail

You need just four ingredients to make this mocktail:

Kitchen tools needed

To make this mocktail recipe, you will need a small bowl, a citrus zester, and a muddler. If you do not have muddler, you can use a wooden spoon or the handle of a rolling pin in a pinch! I actually used the tamper that came with my blender.

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Step by step instructions

  1. Wash the strawberries and trim off the stems. Cut them in half, or quarters if they are large strawberries.
  2. Place strawberries in a small bowl with lemon zest and sugar.
  3. Use your muddler to muddle the strawberries by pressing down and twisting the muddler into the berries. Keep going until the berries are significantly broken up into a liquid. It’s ok if there are some small chunks left!
  4. Spoon an equal amount of the strawberry mixture into two 12 ounce glasses. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to each glass.
  5. Fill each glass with ice cubes, then pour club soda over the ice to the top.
  6. Gently mix up the drinks with a spoon.
  7. Garnish with lemon slices and enjoy!

If you don’t wish to have small bits of strawberry in the drink, you can push the muddled mixture through a sieve to remove any small bits of berry and seeds.

Benefits of drinking less alcohol

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can have negative effects on your health. “Excessive drinking” means more than one drink a day for women, and more than two drinks a day for men. You may experience favorable health benefits by reducing alcohol intake if you are currently a heavy drinker!

Some benefits of reducing alcohol intake include:

  • Reduced risk of liver disease and certain cancers
  • Better sleep and energy levels
  • Reduced risk of stroke and hypertension
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Weight management

Wondering if alcohol can be a part of a healthy lifestyle? Check out this post for my guide to healthy drinking!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I prepare this mocktail in advance?

You can prepare the muddled strawberries up to one day in advance. Store them in the fridge in an airtight container until ready to serve. Assemble the drinks when you are ready to sip!

Can I use frozen strawberries?

Yes, you could use frozen strawberries to make this mocktail. If you use frozen berries, thaw them completely in the fridge before using.

Can I add alcohol to a mocktail?

If you prefer, you could certainly add liquor to this mocktail to make it into a cocktail. I would recommend a clear liquor like vodka, tequila blanco, or gin.

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two glasses of strawberry lemon mocktail on a light grey surface

Simple Strawberry & Lemon Mocktail

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2
  • Category: beverages
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This low sugar strawberry mocktail with lemon is a refreshing beverage sure to cool you off on a hot day! It’s also something fun to make and drink as an alternative to alcohol. Made with four simple ingredients, it’s ready to sip in about five minutes.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 16 oz club soda
  • 34 cups of ice

Instructions

  1. Wash the strawberries. Trim off the stems and cut them in half, or in quarters if using very large berries.
  2. Put the strawberries in a small bowl along with the lemon zest and sugar.
  3. Muddle the ingredients together by pressing firmly down with a muddler and twisting it. Keep going until the berries are mashed well, and it resembles a thick syrup.
  4. Spoon an equal amount of the mixture into two 12 ounce glasses.
  5. Add 1/2 tbsp lemon juice to each glass.
  6. Fill each glass with ice, then pour in the club soda to the top.
  7. Use a spoon to gently mix everything together in the glasses.
  8. Garnish with lemon slices and enjoy!

Notes

If you don’t wish to have small bits of strawberry in the drink, you can push the muddled mixture through a sieve to remove any small bits of berry and seeds.

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