Mocktail Month: Citron Pressé

Citron Presse

The second mocktail recipe to help you through this heatwave and Ocsober, is a French classic. Strictly speaking it’s not a mocktail. The humble citron pressé is a mainstay of French café life.  Made from a small handful of ingredients, it is a simple and refreshing drink.  In essence it is a deconstructed lemonade, allowing the drinker to mix their perfect blend at the table: sour or sweet.

Lemons are super healthy.  They are widely used in cooking, offering a fresh zing to many styles of cuisine.  And they are used to heal various ailments and conditions: from preventing kidney stones to soothing sore throats and insect bites.

In this instance, it’s just plain tasty with added Vitamin C!



(Serves 2)


160 MLS freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 lemon sliced in rounds (optional)

Sugar cubes to taste OR Agave syrup (if avoiding refined sugars)

2 sprigs fresh mint

Jug of cold water



  1. Using a citrus juicer, freshly squeeze 160 mls of fresh lemon juice and pour into two tall glasses.
  2. If using, slice half a lemon into thin rounds.
  3. Clap the mint leaves between the palms of your hands to release the flavour.
  4. Serve the two glasses of juice alongside the mint, sugar or agave and water.
  5. To assemble the drink: add 1-3 cubes of sugar to the lemon juice or 1-2 teaspoons of agave (the amount depends on how much of a sweet tooth you have). Stir until the sugar is dissolved in the lemon juice. If mint is desired, add a smashed sprig to the glass. Add a round of lemon for decoration.  Fill the glass with water and add ice if desired. Less water will make the drink more tart, more water will dilute it and make it less lemony.


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3 thoughts

  1. Agave syrup seems like a great way to balance the lemon in this! I love that you can customise so much of the ingredients in mocktails. I’ve been craving lemon and citrus now the weather is heating up (at least here in Aus), so this seems perfect!


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