No celebration is complete without an exciting, refreshing drink. However, serving traditional cocktails may create an awkward situation when you have children and guests that don’t drink alcohol at your party. The delicious alternative then, is to have mocktails!
Mocktails are made by mixing fruit juices and other soft drinks. These fruity treats are tasty, safe and relatively healthier than pop or alcoholic drinks. Many people choose to serve these non-alcoholic beverages at their brunch, lunch, or dinner party for this reason.
Here are some fun and exciting mocktail recipes that you can try at home.
1) Nojito or Virgin Mojito
The non-alcoholic version of Mojito is called Nojito. This mocktail offers a refreshing combination of lime juice, mint leaves, and brown sugar. Simply mix all the ingredients in a highball glass, add a few more mint leaves, top with lemonade/ club soda and serve.
2) Virgin Margarita
Get the authentic taste of a Margarita sans alcohol with a Virgin Margarita. This drink is perfect to sip on a hot day. To make this mocktail, mix lemon juice, orange juice, lime juice, and superfine sugar in a pitcher. Let the mixture sit for one minute and then add ice. Rim the glass with salt or sugar and serve this lemony drink in it. Decorate the glass with a lime wheel for some extra flare.
3) Cuddles on the Beach
The mocktail version of Sex on the Beach is known as Cuddles on the Beach. The rich flavours of peach, orange and cranberry are perfectly combined in this summer drink. Mix orange juice and cranberry juice in equal proportions. After that, add peach nectar and ice to the mixture. Decorate it with a pineapple wedge. You can also make a sparkling version by adding 7-Up.
4) Blackberry Sage Spritzers
Traditionally made with gin, this summer friendly mocktail is a sweet treat to your taste buds. Muddle blueberries and simple syrup (a mixture of water, sugar and fresh sage leaves) in a shaker. Top it off with the soda water (or tonic water) and garnish it with fresh sage and blueberries.
5) Virgin Mary
The alcohol-free cousin of a Bloody Mary, this mocktail is delicious and easy to make. Mix tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce with ice and blend it for 2-3 minutes. Pour the mixture into a glass then add salt and pepper as seasoning. Serve chilled to get the classic twist of flavours.
6) Coconut Lavender Lemonade
This sweet and herbal mocktail will transport you and your guests to a tropical paradise. Squeeze fresh lemon juice, sugar and coconut water in a pitcher and shake well. After the sugar is dissolved, pour lavender syrup into the pitcher and stir. Use a lemon wheel or lavender flowers for garnishing.
Be a good host and thrill your guests with these tasty mocktails. These delicious drinks will spare them a hangover without compromising on the flavours. Your kids will also enjoy the fruity taste of these alcohol-free beverages. Cheers!