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This Versatile, Booze-Optional Lemonade Is Ideal for Hot Days Ahead

Kick off a summer of get-togethers with a supremely adaptable punch that will lift taste buds—and moods—in an instant.

Summer entertaining starts here.

Summer entertaining starts here.

Photographer: Heami Lee for Bloomberg Businessweek; Food stylist: Maggie Ruggiero 

A versatile, booze-optional punch is the best way to keep guests refreshed without all that last-minute measuring and stirring. “People like to share,” says Angela Kent, beverage manager at New York’s Gitano Garden of Love. For hosts, batching also saves time and effort. “It’s better to serve in a large-format style than to make individual drinks for guests,” Kent says.

This ginger-mint lemonade is one of the most popular nonalcoholic options served at the lush outdoor space. “The ginger has a nice lifting effect on the palate,” she says, “and then the mint comes in.” Plus, it mixes well with a range of spirits, such as vodka, bourbon, mezcal, or tequila, for those who choose to partake.