being MVP: Summertime Mocktail | Strawberry Cooler {Recipe}

Summertime Mocktail | Strawberry Cooler {Recipe}

I enjoy food with a good kick, but my love for spice doesn't end with food.  I love drinks that pack a little heat also.  During my pregnancy I couldn't drink some of my favorite cocktails so everywhere I went I would look at the mocktail menu and ask the bartenders to add a little bit of my own preferences of flavor such as mint, but especially a few chilies so that I could enjoy these mocktails without feeling deprived.  

In fact, many of my friends who weren't pregnant also enjoyed these flavors.  I enjoyed them so much that I began experimenting at home.  One of my favorites that can easily be converted into a true cocktail also is my version of a strawberry lemonade with, of course, that kick!  I’ve made an entire pitcher for our friends who came over for a barbeque and they loved it.  The recipe below gives you the option to pack the right amount of heat for yourself as well as how to make it into a cocktail with a little addition of vodka.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

  • 1 can of Pelligrino Lemonade Flavor
  • 4 strawberries sliced
  • 1 ½ cocktail cucumbers cut into ½  and sliced into vertical slivers
  • 1 serano chili sliced
  • 2 mint leaves
  • Optional ounce of vodka
  1. Muddle the strawberries, cucumbers, chili (2-3 slices or more if you choose depending on the level of heat you want) and mint leaves in a mixing glass or any tall glass.  
  2. Add in Pelligrino and your vodka if you so desire and muddle a little more.  
  3. Poor drink with muddled ingredients into a glass over ice and serve.


  1. This looks so refreshing! I just love the added kick of heat with strawberries. Never thought of that before. Yum!

  2. Looks like the perfect summer drink for parties. Thanks for sharing, I love to entertain

  3. Wow this sounds delicious and the fact you don't need alcohol it sounds even better.

  4. That looks delicious! What a yummy mix. I'd love to try it!

  5. Now this one does look so refreshing and perfect for when our neighbors pay us a visit on the weekend. We would all enjoy a drink like this

  6. This looks so delicious and refreshing. It would be a great summer drink.

  7. This is perfect for our hot summer days here in Florida! Will definitely be trying this!

  8. This actually looks delicious! Love the fruit and veggies!

  9. I want to try this...minus the vodka. Looks delicious!

  10. This drink looks so delicious and a great refreshing drink for to cool me down for Summer. I like Strawberries in this recipe.

  11. I'll have to give this one a try ones our chili plants start giving....I think the habaneros we have at the moment might give it too much of a kick.

  12. OH this looks and sounds amazing! Now all I need is some nice weather so I can enjoy it!! Yummo!! Pinned for later!


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