Strawberry cream flavored soda
Fresh or freeze-dried strawberries, crushed, if desired
Lime or lemon juice
Lemonade (strawberry and/or raspberry flavor, if desired)
Fresh mint or mint syrup
Turbinado sugar (optional)
Cinnamon stick to garnish (optional)
Craving something fresh? The recipes below can be made in a dorm room, or modest kitchen, using just a cup and stirring apparatus. If you are ready to take your mocktail concoction skills to the next level, here are a few easy recipes that you can make with a handful of simple ingredients.
Strawberry Shortcake Lemonade
Directions: Fill a cup halfway with ice. Add lemonade to cover the ice. Pour cream soda to the top and garnish with fresh or freeze-dried strawberries.
Directions: Fill a cup halfway with ice. Pour cranberry juice until just below the ice. Add lemon lime soda to top and finish with a squeeze of lime/lemon juice.
Directions: If desired, muddle fresh mint leaves with half a packet of turbinado sugar at the bottom of a cup. If not using these ingredients, simply pour a small amount of mint syrup into the cup. Fill the cup halfway with ice. Add a splash of lemonade and stir. Finish with soda to the top.
Directions: Fill a cup halfway with ice. Add apple juice to cover ice. Pour cream soda until the glass is full. Add a splash of vanilla creamer. Finish with cinnamon powder and/or a cinnamon stick to garnish.
For any of these drinks, lemon/lime slices and fresh herbs can make lovely garnishes. Or even feel free to toss in toothpick umbrellas to channel your inner California in gray Bloomington.