This lemon mocktail is so simple, extra refreshing, and made just a bit creamy thanks to the addition of a little coconut milk!
This lemon mocktail is the absolute most refreshing drink that has the best flavor combination! It's zesty from the lemon, a bit creamy from some coconut milk, and perfectly sweet from a little simple syrup and honey. If you've got a bunch of lemons hanging around then this is the perfect mocktail recipe! We also love garnishing it with some lemon slices, making it so pretty and a little extra zesty.
We've created a bunch of mocktail recipes lately, (most of them fruity!) and this one might be sneaking up as our new favorite. It tastes like a creamy lemonade, and also is such a pretty mocktail to add to your rotation. Like our other mocktail recipes, it's also fairly quick to make if you're looking for a last minute delicious drink idea!
If you're looking for another refreshing and pretty mocktail recipe, be sure to check out our Blueberry Mocktail, or if you're in the mood for a frozen option, we think you'll love our Frozen Aperol Spritz.
Why You'll Love this Lemon Mocktail
It has all the best flavors. With the zest from the lemon, the creaminess from the coconut milk, and a bit of sweetness, this one has it all!
It's perfect for any season. While this drink may look super springy, the great thing about lemons is that they are less seasonal than other fruit, making this drink great for any time of year.
It's super simple. Once the simple syrup is prepared, making this drink couldn't be simpler and easier!
Ingredients for this Lemon Mocktail
This mocktail has a simple list of ingredients for both the simple syrup and the rest of the mocktail, making it an extra easy recipe!
- Water - Equal parts water and sugar are used to make the easy lemon and mint simple syrup.
- Sugar - Used to make the simple syrup, plus a little extra to rim the glasses.
- Mint - The flavors of mint and lemon go so well together, and some sliced mint infuses the simple syrup perfectly. Make sure to slice it so that as much of the flavor releases into the simple syrup as possible.
- Lemon zest - The strong lemon flavor from some lemon zest works so well for making the simple syrup zesty! You'll just want to ensure you strain it out with the mint before using. A little extra lemon zest rubbed together with some sugar also makes for the best rim for the glasses.
- Lemon wedge - To wet the rims of the glasses before pressing them into the lemon zest sugar.
- Coconut milk - My favorite addition to this mocktail! It adds a mild creaminess that ensures the zesty flavor isn't overpowering. I recommend using canned coconut milk because it has a great thickness.
- Lemon juice - Of course! Make sure to use freshly squeezed lemon juice and not lemon juice from a bottle.
- Honey - Adds a little extra sweetness and a flavor that pairs so nicely with the lemon.
- Tonic water - For topping off the drinks with a little fizz. You could also definitely use plain seltzer or a lemon flavored seltzer.
- Lemon slices - For garnish! I love using a large circular ice cube in each glass and surrounding that with 3 lemon slices, but you can garnish it however you like.
See recipe card below for quantities.
Step by Step Instructions
This easy mocktail is ready in just 25 minutes, and is very simple! It's also perfect for any time of year since lemons are the main fruit in this mocktail.
STEP 1: Make the lemon and mint simple syrup. Start by making the simple syrup. Add the water, sugar, mint, and lemon zest to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved, 2-3 minutes. Continue to simmer over low heat until the sauce begins to thicken, about 10-15 minutes. Let cool slightly then strain into a jar, pushing down on the mint and lemon zest to release as much of the simple syrup as possible.
STEP 2: Rim two glasses. Add sugar and lemon zest to a small plate, then use your fingers to rub the sugar and lemon zest together until combined. Use a lemon wedge to wet the rim of 2 glasses, then press the rims of the glasses into the lemon zest sugar to coat.
STEP 3: Finish the mocktails. Add ice to a cocktail shaker then add coconut milk, lemon juice, 2 ounces lemon and mint simple syrup, and honey (see note). Shake welll for at least 20 seconds, then strain into prepared glasses filled with ice. Top off each glass with some tonic water and garnish with lemon slices.
Tips for Making this Lemon Mocktail
- I made this mocktail a couple times and was obsessed each time, but the one thing I noticed was if I left the honey in the cocktail shaker for a few minutes before shaking it, the honey hardened up a bit. Because of this, once all the ingredients are added be sure to shake and strain into your glasses right away!
- The lemon and mint simple syrup is so delicious and easy, so I definitely recommend taking the extra time to make this. If you have any leftover it also would be so tasty in other drink recipes.
- Canned coconut milk can often separate in the can, so I recommend whisking it before measuring out the amount needed for this mocktail.
Can I omit the coconut milk?
I don't recommend leaving the coconut milk out as it adds creaminess and balances the flavors of the drink to ensure it is not too tart.
What popular cocktail is this mocktail similar to?
This mocktail reminds me of a nonalcoholic lemon drop drink, so if you like those then I think you'll love this version of something similar!
Will this drink separate?
Yes, the coconut milk will separate in the glass, so I recommend drinking these right away, or if you have it out for a little while, maybe using a straw to stir it when necessary.
Storing and Freezing
The lemon and mint simple syrup can definitely be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge. Once ready to serve the mocktails, continue with steps 2-3.
I don't recommend freezing this mocktail recipe.
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Lemon and Mint Simple Syrup
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest (about 1 lemon zested)
- 1 tablespoon mint sliced
- sugar for rimming glass
- lemon zest for rimming glass
- lemon wedge for rimming glass
- 3 ounces coconut milk
- 2 ounces lemon juice fresh
- 2 ounces lemon and mint simple syrup
- 1 ounce honey
- tonic water
- lemon slices for garnish
Start by making the simple syrup. Add the water, sugar, mint, and lemon zest to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved, 2-3 minutes. Continue to simmer over low heat until the sauce begins to thicken, about 10-15 minutes. Let cool slightly then strain into a jar, pushing down on the mint and lemon zest to release as much of the simple syrup as possible.½ cup water, ½ cup sugar, 1 tablespoon mint, 1 tablespoon lemon zest
Add sugar and lemon zest to a small plate, then use your fingers to rub the sugar and lemon zest together until combined. Use a lemon wedge to wet the rim of 2 glasses, then press the rims of the glasses into the lemon zest sugar to coat.sugar, lemon zest, lemon wedge
Add ice to a cocktail shaker then add coconut milk, lemon juice, 2 ounces lemon and mint simple syrup, and honey (see note). Shake welll for at least 20 seconds, then strain into prepared glasses filled with ice. Top off each glass with some tonic water and garnish with lemon slices.3 ounces coconut milk, 2 ounces lemon juice, 2 ounces lemon and mint simple syrup, 1 ounce honey, tonic water, lemon slices