It’s almost hot girl summer, and that means it’s time to laugh it up with friends, enjoying the long days and warm nights with a cool beverage in hand.
Just because you’re hot doesn’t mean you have to be hungover, and actress Blake Lively has just the thing to help keep your lively mixtures fizzy, fun and better for your body.
The Gossip Girl star recently launched Betty Buzz, a brand of sparkling, non-alcoholic mixers perfect for creating mocktails, full-on cocktails or just enjoying on ice. The bottles come in a variety of flavors, including grapefruit, lemon lime, ginger beer, tonic water and more.
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"I don't drink. I know that's odd coming from the wife of an infamous gin slinger,” Lively says. “Over the past many years of mixing but not drinking cocktails, it became clear mixers are the unsung heroes of the drink world and deserve just as much love as alcohol. We've spent the last three years crafting Betty Buzz and are so excited for people to finally taste it."
If you’re ready to liven up your summer evenings without the drain, Lively and Betty Buzz has a few summer-ready mocktail recipes to help get things started. Enjoy the below with friends, family and fun.
Add all ingredients to a mixing tin. Shake gently with ice. Strain intoa stem or rocks glass over fresh ice. Top with Betty Buzz Meyer Lemon Club Soda. Garnish with a fresh mint bouquet and grated orange zest.
Bring it all together in a lowball glass over ice. Stir gently, and garnish with thyme.
Lightly muddle the mint in a shaker. Add fresh orange juice and ice, and give it a quick but firm shake. Strain into a highball over fresh ice. Top with Betty Buzz Sparkling Lemon Lime, and garnish with orange wheel and mint leaves.
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