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3 Fun & Refreshing Summer Cocktails and Mocktails

Posted on August 14, 2018

A cold, refreshing summer cocktail (or mocktail) is exactly what we need for the final month of summer! There is still plenty of time for picnics, backyard BBQs, and extravagant birthday parties, and the below drinks can be a tasty addition to the festivities.  For many summer events, kids will be present, but they don’t have to be excluded from enjoying a refreshing beverage! We’ve gathered up five refreshing summer cocktails and their mocktail, kid-friendly counterparts.

Here are our favorite ideas for summer cocktails and mocktails!

Toasted S’mores Frozen Cocktail

summer cocktails smores

For a decadent crowd pleaser, whip up this toasted s’mores frozen shake and add Kahlua. Here is the modified recipe which serves two.


  • 1 cup a2 Milk® Whole, frozen in ice trays
  • 2 oz. (1/4 cup) Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 ½ sheets Graham crackers 
  • 1 tsp. Cocoa powder
  • ¾ tsp. Agave syrup

Optional garnish

  • 3 Tbsp. Mini marshmallows
  • ½ oz. Dark chocolate shavings


  1. Pour 1 cup of milk into an ice cube tray. Let freeze.
  2. In a blender, add 1 cup of whole milk ice cubes, 2 oz of Kahlua, 2 oz graham crackers (1 sheet), cocoa powder and agave.
  3. Blend until smooth. (If it appears too thick for your preference, add 1 tablespoon milk at a time to thin.)
  4. Pour milkshake into two glasses and enjoy!
  5. If using mini marshmallows for garnish, broil in oven for 1-2 minutes. Let them cool and add them to the top of your cocktail.

Kid-Friendly Toasted S’mores Mocktail

To keep this frozen drink alcohol-free, follow this recipe. Considering purchasing festive paper cups and straw-spoons for easy cleanup!

Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake

summer cocktails strawberry

Skip the cake, and serve these milkshakes instead. This strawberry shortcake milkshake recipe uses vanilla ice cream, strawberry-flavored vodka, fresh strawberries, and milk. Simply blend all your ingredients in a blender and serve in mason jars with fresh strawberry garnish.  Use our a2 Milk® vanilla ice cream recipe for an A1 protein free recipe. 

Kid-Friendly Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake

Since the cocktail version derives much of its strawberry flavor from the vodka, you’ll want to add 5-10 more fresh strawberries or a tablespoon of strawberry syrup per drink.  For a twist, use chocolate milk instead of regular for a strawberry-chocolate milkshake.

Summer Fizz

summer cocktails lemonade

Perfect for a hot summer day, this refreshing cocktail is sure to be a hit at your next barbeque or party. Follow the recipe below, or try the modified mocktail for a kid-friendly treat! 



For shots: Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into shot glasses. (Makes 2)

For highballs: Combine all ingredient with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into highball glass full of ice. Serve with lemon slice and mint garnish. (Makes 1)

Kid-Friendly Summer Fizz

Kids will love the sweet and sour tastes of this delicious beverage! To make the above recipe kid-friendly, replace the limoncello with a limoncello Sorrento-style soda. 

Enjoy the rest of the warm weather with these refreshing cocktails and mocktails. Cheers!

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