Refreshing Lemon Mocktail Recipe – Made with Tea

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A refreshing and easy-to-make lemon mocktail recipe that can be enjoyed any time of the year. This mocktail recipe is perfect for those who want to enjoy a delicious drink without the alcohol. This recipe has various ingredients, including lemon, honey, grapefruit juice, and chamomile tea.

Lemon mocktail with a lemon slice and edible flower.

Instead of combining different juices, I wanted to create a mocktail with more flavor depth and health benefits so you can feel good with each sip! So I used a whole lemon, with the rind, to give it some bitterness like a spirit would do. Then, tea is added for the herbal and botanical flavor.

Fresh grapefruit juice goes well with lemon, and I sweetened it with honey. This blend of ingredients created a refreshing and flavorful drink with a creamy texture and layers of flavor.

This drink is perfect for any occasion, especially lemon-inspired garden party, birthday parties, or alfresco dining.

Why You’ll Love This Mocktail

Mocktails are non-alcoholic drinks that are made to look and taste like cocktails. These drinks are perfect for those who want to enjoy a refreshing beverage without the effects of alcohol.

Lemon mocktails are an excellent choice for those who love the refreshing flavor of citrus. It’s a perfect drink for spring and summer. Here are a few reasons you’ll love this drink:

  • Refreshing, creamy citrus flavor
  • The perfect balance of sweet and tangy
  • Eye-catching presentation with lemon garnish
  • Versatile and can be easily customized with different herbs or fruits

Crafting the Perfect Lemon Mocktail

Helpful Tools

To craft the perfect lemon mocktail, a few helpful tools can make the process easier and more enjoyable. These include: 

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Measuring cup
  • Citrus juicer,
  • Strainer 
  • Blender
Lemon, honey, grapefruit juice, chamomile tea.

Shopping List and Ingredients

You will need a few simple ingredients to make a delicious lemon mocktail. You can find these at your local grocery store.

Whole Lemon: This recipe uses the entire lemon, rind and all! Ensure you wash it well, cut it in half, and remove the seeds. I know using a whole lemon, including the rind, may sound strange, but it adds a bitterness that mimics what a spirit would do in a traditional cocktail. It also adds a slight creaminess to the mocktail.

Honey: I use honey to give this drink a natural sweetness. I always use local honey for all of my recipes. You can use agave syrup as well.

Chamomile Tea: This adds flavor depth to the mocktail and provides a soothing aroma. Brew the tea with hot water and let it steep for a few minutes before adding it to the blender. 

Grapefruit Juice: Grapefruit juice adds a tangy and refreshing flavor to the mocktail. I did use yellow grapefruit because that’s what I have growing in my backyard. Pink grapefruit will work too.

Sugar (optional): This is for the sugar rim on the glass, which balances out the tartness of the lemon and grapefruit.

Lemon mocktails with edible flower garnishes and lemon slices.

Garnishing and Presentation

When it comes to mocktails, the presentation is just as important as the taste. A well-garnished beverage can elevate the drinking experience and make it more enjoyable. Here are some ideas for creative garnishes and serving suggestions that will make your lemon mocktail stand out.

Lemon Slices: A simple but effective garnish that adds color to your drink. You can cut the lemon slices into different shapes, such as hearts or stars, to make them more attractive.

Lemon Wedge or Lemon Twist: A lemon wedge is a classic garnish that can add a citrusy aroma to your drink. You can also use it to rim the glass with sugar for a sweet and sour taste.

Edible Flowers: Edible flowers are a unique and beautiful garnish that can add a touch of elegance to your lemon mocktail. Some popular edible flowers include rose petals, lavender, and hibiscus.

Lemon Zest: Adds a burst of fresh citrus flavor and can be used in various ways, such as sprinkling it on the drink or riming the glass.

Lemon mocktail recipe with tea, honey, and grapefruit juice.

Recipe Tips and Variations

When making a lemon mocktail, there are a few recipe tips and variations to consider that can enhance the flavor and presentation of the drink. Here are some ideas to try:

Martini glass or Coupe: A martini glass is a sophisticated way to serve your lemon mocktail. You can also add a lemon wheel to the rim of the glass for a decorative touch.

Experiment with herbs: Adding herbs like mint, basil, or rosemary can add a refreshing and aromatic element to a lemon mocktail. Try muddling the herbs in the bottom of the glass before adding the other ingredients or using them as a garnish.

Adjust sweetness: Depending on personal preference, the sweetener used in a lemon mocktail can be adjusted. Honey, agave nectar, or simple syrup can be a sweetener. It is also possible to omit sweeteners altogether and rely on the natural sweetness of the citrus and other ingredients.

Rim the glass: Adding a sugar and lemon rim to the glass can add a decorative and flavorful touch to a lemon mocktail. To do this, rub a lemon wedge around the rim of the glass and dip it in sugar before adding the drink. You can also use coconut sugar if you prefer.

Tea: Instead of chamomile tea, try using other types of tea, such as green tea or Earl Grey, for a different flavor profile.

Fizz: Give it a splash of club soda or seltzer water if you prefer a little fizz.

Benefits of Lemon

Lemons are a great addition to mocktails, not only for their refreshing taste but also for their health benefits. They are a good source of vitamin C, which is known for its immune-boosting properties.

In addition to vitamin C, lemons contain flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties that protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. The flavonoids in lemons have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties as well.

A lemon mocktail in a coupe glass with sugar rimmed on the outside.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the essential ingredients for a refreshing lemon mocktail?

The essential ingredients for a refreshing lemon mocktail include fresh lemon juice, sweetener, and a carbonated base. The sweetener can be honey, sugar syrup, or any other sweetener. The carbonated base can be soda water, tonic water, or lemon-lime soda.

How can I make a simple and easy lemon mocktail at home?

Making a simple and easy lemon mocktail at home is easy. You will need fresh lemon juice, sweetener, and a carbonated base. Mix the lemon juice and sweetener in a glass, add ice, and top with the carbonated base. Garnish with a lemon wedge and mint leaves.

Can you provide a recipe for a lemon mint mocktail?

Yes, here is a recipe for a lemon mint mocktail:
2 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz honey
6-8 mint leaves
Soda water
Ice
Muddle the mint leaves in a glass and add lemon juice and honey. Stir until honey is dissolved. Add ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a lemon wedge and mint leaves.

What is the difference between a lemon mojito mocktail and a traditional mojito?

The difference between a lemon mojito mocktail and a traditional mojito is that the lemon mojito mocktail uses lemon juice instead of lime juice. The lemon mojito mocktail also uses a sweetener other than sugar, such as honey or agave nectar.

What makes a mocktail?

A mocktail is a non-alcoholic cocktail made using a combination of juices, syrups, and carbonated water. It is an excellent alternative for those who do not want to consume alcohol.

Lemon drink with flowers, whole lemon, and a sugared rim.

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Lemon mocktail with a lemon slice and edible flower.

Lemon Mocktail

A refreshing and flavorful lemon drink using tea and a whole lemon!
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 2 mocktails
Calories: 92kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 1 whole lemon, seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup chamomile tea, brewed
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice, yellow or pink
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Brew the chamomile tea with 1 cup hot water for 5 minutes.
    Brewing tea in a cup to make a mocktail.
  • Add all of the ingredients, including the tea into a blender.
    Lemons, grapefruit juice, honey and tea in a blender.
  • Blend all ingredients until liquid.
    Blending lemons in a Vitamix.
  • Strain into a cocktail shaker.
    I am straining a lemon mixture into a cocktail shaker.
  • Shake for 20-30 seconds with ice. You MUST shake for 20-30 seconds to dilute the drink.
  • Strain into a prepared glass, preferably a martini or coupe glass.
    Pouring a lemon drink into a coupe glass.

Notes

Use a different variety of tea if you prefer. 
Add more honey for a sweeter mocktail.
Make sure to shake for 20-30 seconds with ice. 
Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Lemon mocktail recipe.

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