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The Garden Party (Cocktail/Mocktail)

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Whip up a Garden Party Cocktail for a refreshing, colorful beverage to that will please a crowd! It’s easily made nonalcoholic and has a ginger sugar rim. Single glass and punch options are included. 


Units Scale

For cocktail pitcher base (see notes for single option):

  • Juice from one orange (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 sprig of basil
  • 6 dashes angostura bitters (optional for nonalcoholic version)
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 4 large strawberries, sliced
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) Lillet Blanc (ginger beer for nonalcoholic version)
  • Lemon slices, strawberries, and more basil to garnish
  • 46 cups chilled sparkling water (or chilled Prosecco for a stronger cocktail)

For ginger sugar:

  • 1/3 cup organic cane sugar, or Turbinado sugar
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger or 1/4 cup candied ginger, chopped


  1. In a shaker, combine orange juice, basil, bitters (if using), fresh ginger, strawberries, and Lillet (or ginger beer). Use a muddler or spoon to press the ingredients down so the fruit juices release.
  2. Add some lemon slices, more pieces of strawberry, and a few sprigs of basil to a medium pitcher. Strain contents of shaker into the pitcher and top with cold sparkling water or chilled Prosecco just before serving.
  3. If desired, add sugar and ginger to a shallow bowl, stirring to combine. Rim the edges of four couple glasses with a lemon wedge and then swirl upside-down in the sugar, coating the rims in the ginger sugar mixture. Alternatively, coat just one side in the ginger sugar (like a margarita).


For a single cocktail variation, combine 2 TBS orange juice, 3 leaves basil, 1 dash bitters, 1 strawberry, 1 oz Lillet/ginger beer in a shaker. Middle to combine, strain into a glass, and top with ~1 cup sparkling water.

Be sure to add sparkling water/Prosecco just before serving, as the bubbles will fade after some time.

Nutrition information for Lillet Blac and sparkling water variation.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirring
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: One fourth of recipe
  • Calories: 59.3 calories
  • Sugar: 6.4 grams
  • Sodium: 0.2 milligrams
  • Fat: 0.1 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 0 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.1 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 7.7 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Protein: 0.4 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

Keywords: cocktail, mocktail