Cocktails are divine to look at, delectable to the taste buds, and provide a sense of indulgence to those who partake. The great news is that those who wish to avoid consuming alcohol, can still create and enjoy these fanciful beverages – in the form of 'mocktails'! Here are 10 of the best!
Mocktail recipe #1: Classic Shirley Temple
A long-time favorite of kids and adults alike – certain to please!
1 cup (250 mL) lemon-lime soda
2 tbsp (25 mL) grenadine
1 tbsp (15 mL) orange juice
orange slice and maraschino cherry
Fill tall glass with ice. Add lemon-lime soda, grenadine, and orange juice. Stir until combined. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry on a cocktail stick.
Recipe courtesy canadianliving.com
Mocktail recipe #2: Non-Alcoholic Fizz
A virgin version of the Madras cocktail, which is very popular on ladies night!
3 oz orange juice
3 oz cranberry juice
3 oz club soda
Shake the orange juice and cranberry juice with ice. Pour into a highball glass using a strainer. Add ice to the juice, and then add the club soda. The Fizz can be garnished with an orange slice and maraschino cherry, or for a more tropical feel, toss in some halved strawberries, pineapple, or kiwi chunks!
Recipe courtesy mybestcocktails.com
Mocktail recipe #3: Virgin Mary
This mocktail is a take-off on another very popular cocktail – the Bloody Mary!
4 oz tomato juice
1 dash lemon juice
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
2 drops tabasco sauce
Fill a large wine glass with ice. Add tomato juice, then the rest of the ingredients. Stir and garnish with a wedge of lime.
Mocktail recipe #4: Nojito
All the taste of the classic Cuban Mojito, without the alcohol! Be sure to use fresh mint leaves for the best results!
8 mint leaves
3 oz lime juice
1 ½ oz sugar syrup
2 oz club soda
Fill a pint glass 1/3 full with ice, then add mint leaves. Lightly mash the leaves together with the liquid using a muddle stick or wooden pestle, being careful not to tear the leaves. Fill the glass with more ice, then add club soda. Garnish with mint or lime, and savor!
Mocktail recipe #5: Pomegranate Spritzer
(Makes a small pitcher)
A sophisticated and pretty mocktail for brunch or for sipping on the porch!
1 lemon for twists
2 cups ginger ale, chilled
1 cup pomegranate juice, chilled
1 cup seltzer (or more to taste)
To make lemon twists for the garnish, use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of peel from the lemon, leaving as much white pith on the lemon as possible.
In a pitcher, combine the ginger ale and pomegranate juice. Fill wine glasses with ice. Divide the liquid among the glasses, leaving room for seltzer. Pour the seltzer into each glass, to taste. Twist the peel and rub a strip on the edge of each glass. Drop the twist into the drink and serve.
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen, oprah.com
Mocktail recipe #6: Alcohol-free Sangria
(Makes large pitcher or punch bowl)
Who can resist a gorgeous, fruit-filled pitcher of Sangria on a hot summer day? Fill your glass with this wonderful non-alcoholic version of the classic.
¼ cup sugar
1 cup orange juice
½ fresh lemon, sliced
½ fresh orange, sliced
1 small apple or peach, cut into wedges
4 cups club soda or seltzer water
4 cups grape juice
In large pitcher, combine orange juice, sugar, and grape juice. Add cut fruit and stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until cool and add seltzer water or club soda just before serving.
Mocktail recipe # 7: Bellini
Trendy and delicious, this recipe provides a non-alcoholic alternative to the Venetian cocktail of the same name.
2 oz peach nectar, juice, or puree
sparkling apple cider, chilled
Coat the rim of a champagne glass with flavored sugar. Pour in the nectar, and slowly add the cider until the glass is full.
Mocktail recipe #8: Arnold Palmer
(Adapts to desired number of servings)
This famous mocktail gets it's moniker from the professional golfer who can't get enough of it!
1 part iced tea
1 part lemonade
sugar or other sweetener
lemon, mint, or a slice of kiwi
Pour iced tea and lemonade over ice and sweeten to taste. Stir and add lemon, mint or kiwi as garnish. You may also try adding the iced tea slowly over the lemonade and ice – if done correctly, they will remain separate until mixed, for a pleasing presentation.
Recipe courtesy beverage-recipes.suite101.com
Mocktail recipe #9: Tropical Delight
For those who love to indulge in a creamy, tropical cocktail, but want to forgo the alcohol – this is the perfect virgin solution!
2 oz coconut milk
3 oz pineapple juice
3 oz mango juice
1 small banana
Peel the banana and place in a blender with the juice and coconut milk. Add in some ice and blend for 10 seconds. Pour in a large glass and serve with a straw with a garnish of sliced pineapple on the rim.
Mocktail recipe #10: Perfect Virgin Daiquiri
Alcohol certainly isn't necessary to enjoy this mouth-watering, frozen favorite!
1 14 ½-ounce can pineapple chunks in juice
1 12-oz bag frozen strawberries
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
2 medium limes, juiced
fresh strawberries, optional, for garnish
In a blender, combine pineapple, frozen strawberries, sugar, and lime juice and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses, garnish with fresh strawberries, if desired, and serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy Dave Lieberman, foodnetwork.com