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 longtime favorite of kids and adults alike — certain to please!
Recipe courtesy canadianliving.com
- 1 cup (250 ml) lemon-lime soda
- 2 tablespoons (25 ml) grenadine
- 1 tablespoon (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.
Mocktail recipe #2: Non-Alcoholic Fizz
A virgin version of the Madras cocktail, which is very popular on ladies' night!
Recipe courtesy mybestcocktails.com
- 3 ounces orange juice
- 3 ounces cranberry juice
- 3 ounces 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!
Mocktail recipe #3: Virgin Mary
This mocktail is a take-off on another very popular cocktail — the bloody mary!
- 4 ounces tomato juice
- 1 dash lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon 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!
- Crushed ice
- 8 mint leaves
- 3 ounces lime juice
- 1-1/2 ounces sugar syrup
- 2 ounces 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
A sophisticated and pretty mocktail for brunch or for sipping on the porch!
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen, oprah.com
Makes a small pitcher
- 1 lemon for twists
- 2 cups ginger ale, chilled
- 1 cup pomegranate juice, chilled
- Ice cubes
- 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.
Mocktail recipe #6: Alcohol-free Sangria
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.
Makes large pitcher or punch bowl
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/2 fresh lemon, sliced
- 1/2 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 ounces 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
This famous mocktail gets its moniker from the professional golfer who can't get enough of it!
Recipe courtesy beverage-recipes.suite101.com
Adapts to desired number of servings
- 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.
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 ounces coconut milk
- 3 ounces pineapple juice
- 3 ounces 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!
Recipe courtesy Dave Lieberman, foodnetwork.com
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice
- 1 (12 ounce) 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.