If you are looking for a fun and festive drink that will not leave you with regrets in the morning, then look no further! Welcome to the world of the mocktail, a delicious, alcohol-free alternative to your traditional cocktail. A cocktail mixes together liquor with juices, soda, and other mixed beverages. A mocktail is essentially the same concoction just without the liquor.
You can typically go to any bar or eatery and order a “mocktail” but, perhaps the best way to properly introduce the “mocktail” is to highlight a few recipes for you to try on your own! Challenge yourself or a friend to see if you will even miss the alcohol in these tasty “mocktails!”
Cuddles on the Beach (an alternative to Sex on the Beach)
(photo courtesy of https://www.pinterest.com/pin/21462535702944894/)
• 3 ounces cranberry juice
• 2 ounces grapefruit juice
• 1 ½ ounces peach nectar
• ½ ounces grenadine
• 2 ounces ginger ale
• Garnish: a maraschino cherry
1. Pour the juices, nectar, and grenadine into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
2. Shake well.
3. Strain into a chilled glass filled with fresh ice.
4. Top with ginger ale.
5. Garnish with a cherry and enjoy!
Mockmosa (an alternative to a Mimosa)
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• 2 parts orange juice, chilled
• 3 parts dry sparkling white grape juice, chilled
o alternative: lemon lime soda, chilled
• Garnish: orange slice or mint sprig
1. Pour the chilled orange juice into a flute glass.
2. Top with the chilled sparkling white grape juice (or alternative).
3. Garnish with your choice of a mint sprig or orange slice!
Nojito Recipe (an alternative to a Mojito)
(photo courtesy of https://mixthatdrink.com/nojito-cocktail-non-alcoholic/)
• 12 to 14 small mint leaves or 6-8 big ones
• 1 ounce fresh lime juice
• ¾ tablespoons rum extract
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 4 ounces club soda
alternative: lemon lime soda
1. Put the mint leaves, lime juice, and brown sugar in a tall cocktail glass.
2. Muddle the leaves together.
3. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add the rum extract and club soda (or alternative).
4. Stir to mix up the sugar.
5. Garnish with more mint!
Virgin Mary (an alternative to a Bloody Mary)
(photo courtesy of https://mybartender.sg/menu/mocktail/ )
• 4 ounces tomato juice
• ½ ounce beef stock or bullion
• Dash of lemon juice
• 2 drops of Tabasco (or, to taste)
• Pinch of celery salt
• ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• Optional: pinch of ground black pepper
• Garnish: celery stalk
1. Pour all ingredients into a glass and stir well.
2. Sprinkle pepper. (optional)
3. Garnish with a celery stalk and enjoy!
Don’t these “mocktails” sound delicious? One of the best parts about these recipes is that you do not have to keep them out of any kid’s reach (unless you do not feel like sharing, of course!) They are completely kid friendly! Try out any of these “mocktail” recipes the next time that you are at a social event or even winding down, alone, at home. You might find yourself never going back to traditional cocktails again. Either way, enjoy your tasty “mocktail” drinks with complete confidence and satisfaction!