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These summer mocktail recipes offer an excuse for the whole family to get creative and enjoy some refreshing drinks this Australia Day.

Though many will be overindulging on booze this time of year, incorporating in some family-friendly mocktails ensures the kids can get involved in the fun, too.

Here are some quick and easy mocktail recipes:

Summer berry mocktail

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Pictured: Summer berry mocktail

There’s no better time to enjoy berries than while they’re in season. Plus, this drink is packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, making it an easy way to get the kids eating more fruit.

Makes: 1 serve (Adjust ingredients to make as many serves as needed)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup blackberries
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • ¼ cups lemonade
  • 2 mint leaves to garnish
  • 2 blackberries to garnish
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. Muddle blackberries and raspberries in the bottom of a glass using a muddler or a pestle. A spoon can also be used as a substitute.
  2. Pour lemonade into the glass and stir thoroughly.
  3. Add ice cubes then garnish with mint leaves and blackberries.

Coconut and pineapple mocktail

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Pictured: Coconut and pineapple mocktail

This combo is reminiscent of the beloved summer pina colada – minus the alcohol, of course. But that’s not the only difference, this drink is lighter and makes for the perfect cooling mocktail to battle the summer heat this Australia day.

Makes: 1 serve

Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Pineapple slices to garnish

Method

  1. Blend coconut cream and pineapple juice together.
  2. Pour the mixture into a glass.
  3. Add ice cubes and top with slices of pineapple.

Lemon ginger mocktail

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Pictured: Lemon and ginger mocktail

The kids will love the ginger kick as it’s balanced by the perfect amount sweetness. With kids heading back to school soon, it’s not a bad time to load up on vitamin C from citrus fruits.

Makes: 1 serve

Ingredients

  • ½ cup ginger ale
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup lemonade
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 mint leaves to garnish
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. Coat the rim of a glass with sugar.
  2. Mix ginger ale, lemon juice and lemonade in the glass.
  3. Stir in ice cubes and garnish with mint leaves.

Fig and lychee mocktail

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Pictured: Fig and lychee mocktail

Here’s an unexpected flavour duo that actually works – fig and lychee. It’s a great time to make the most of the abundance of lychees in store right now and enjoy their cooling effect.

Makes: 1 serve

Ingredients

  • ½ cup lychees, peeled and stone removed
  • ½ cup sparkling water
  • 2 fig slices to garnish
  • 2 mint leaves to garnish
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. Blend lychees into a thick mixture.
  2. Pour mix into a glass.
  3. Add in sparkling water and ice cubes.
  4. For the garnish, add the fig slices and mint leaves.

Coconut chocolate mocktail (lamington-inspired)

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Pictured: Coconut chocolate mocktail: Lamington

There’s no better flavour combination for Australia day than the beloved flavours of the iconic dessert – lamingtons. It may be surprising combo for a cocktail, but it’s a match made in heaven – and it’s guaranteed to thrill the kids.

Makes: 1 serve

Ingredients

  • ½ coconut cream
  • 4 tablespoons melted chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
  • 2 marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. Use half the melted chocolate to decorate the rim of the glass with. Pour it over the glass and allow the chocolate to drip down the sides of the glass.
  2. Blend coconut cream, the rest of the melted chocolate and milk together and then pour into the glass.
  3. Add in ice cubes then add your desired amount of whipped cream to the top of the drink.
  4. Garnish with shredded coconut and marshmallows.

Mango and passionfruit mocktail

passionfruit
Pictured: Mango and passionfruit mocktail

It wouldn’t be summer without the classic Aussie flavours of passionfruit and mango. These seasonal fruits make the perfect duo for a refreshing mocktail this Australia day.

Makes: 1 serve

Ingredients

  • ½ of one passionfruit
  • ½ of one mango
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 basil leaf to garnish

Method

  1. Blend mango, passionfruit seeds and ice cubes together, then add this into the base of a glass.
  2. Stir in the pineapple juice.
  3. Garnish with a slice of passionfruit and a basil leaf.

These are just some of the many flavour combinations that make for a great summer mocktail. Don’t hesitate to get creative and add fruits and herbs of your preference and make a day of it with the family this Australia Day.

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One school’s decision to ban kids from handing out birthday invitations in the playground has enraged parents across the country.

Mosman Public School in Sydney has banned children from handing out birthday invitations in the playground due to concerns that kids who are not invited will feel left out.

Parents will now have to “covertly” collect the email addresses of their children’s friends’ parents in order to send out e-invites, according to the Daily Telegraph. Children will also have to refrain from talking about their birthday plans at school.

The ban is allegedly the result of one child recently becoming distressed after not receiving an invitation to a classmate’s birthday celebration.

The ban is allegedly the result of one child recently becoming distressed after not receiving an invitation to a classmate’s birthday celebration.

The Department of Education told Yahoo News that the decision came “at the request of parents, and in consultation with the school community.”

Parents across the nation have flocked to social media to weigh in on the new rule, with 87% of those polled saying that the school had gone too far.

Those in support of the move say that not receiving a birthday invite can be emotionally scarring for children, especially if they are the only ones not invited. They particularly focused on special needs children who are often on the receiving end of this type of rejection.

Others called the new rule “ridiculous”, with one woman saying the school was “creating a generation of sooks.” They claim that shielding children from rejection will only hinder their social development and keep them from building up a tolerance for disappointment. “We have to build resilient kids,” said one mum.

What do you think? Has the school gone too far, or have they made the right decision?