Do you like cocktails? You probably do. They are delicious, fun, and there are just so many options! But maybe, for some reason, you do not like the alcohol part of them. You might simply not drink, you might be pregnant, or you might want to be able to give something unusual and interesting to your kids. Not to worry, the solution is here. Mocktails (also called virgin/boneless cocktails) keep all the fun parts of their alcoholic siblings, but they will not cause hangovers, drunken texts to your ex, and other less fortunate effects of the classic drinking.
There are as many options for making mocktails as your imagination can think up. Different syrups, crushed fruits and herbs, juices, even creams, you can mix them up into something you will like.
The only two ingredients that should be in (basically) every mocktail are sparkling water (to imitate the alcoholic effect in the cocktail and make the difference between a juice or soda and a mocktail) and ice (because let’s be real, who would want to drink a lukewarm cocktail? Especially during the summer). As far as the supplies you need go, some sort of cocktail shaker might be nice, but is it necessary? Not one bit. Your mocktail will be just as good if you stir it the ordinary way.
So here are some of the mocktails you can make, or they can give you ideas for something completely original and completely you.
You might say that a picture of this cocktail is next to the dictionary entry for the word ‘mocktail’. It is the first mocktail to become famous, named after a famous child actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
It is traditionally made with ginger ale and a splash of grenadine, and decorated with maraschino cherries. Today, lemonade, lemon-lime soda, or orange juice are sometimes used instead. Shirley Temple is not the only celebrity to have a mocktail named after her. Roy Rogers is a drink named after the actor and singer, made with cola and grenadine syrup, also decorated with maraschino cherries, while Arnold Palmer, named after a famous golfer, is made by combining iced tea and lemonade.
Virgin Mojito (Mock-ito, Faux-jito)
– 1 sprig of mint
– 3 slices of lime
– 1 tablespoon of honey or agave syrup
– sparkling water
Crush and mush lime and mint well in a tall glass, add honey/agave syrup and ice, and pour sparkling water over. Stir and decorate with (you guessed it!) lime and mint.
(are you noticing a trend with punny names?)
– 180 ml of tomato juice
– a half of lemon
– just a bit of salt and pepper
– a few drops of tabasco sauce
– 1 pickle
– 1 celery stick
– 6 basil leaves
Squeeze half a lemon and add salt and pepper. Then add the tabasco sauce and 4 of the basil leaves, teared. Next to go in are the ice and tomato juice. After that, close the glass with a shaker or something similar and shake it all until it is thoroughly mixed. Pour it into a tall glass through a strainer and garlish with celery, lemon, pickles, and basil leaves.
– cherry syrup
– lemon juice
– vanilla sugar
– sparkling water
Add some cherry syrup (or any other fruit syrup, for that matter), a bit of lemon juice and a bit of vanilla sugar into a glass. Top it up with ice, and pour sparkling water. Stir to combine.