It’s Mocktail Monday and we’re mixing up some of our favorite drinks for a kickstart to the week! Mocktails don’t have to be basic mixes of fruit juice and soda: they can push the limits and incorporate flavors you’d find in a deluxe craft cocktail, but without the alcohol. For instance, why settle for a glass of cranberry juice when you can have a take on a martini with non-alcoholic spirits and fruity simple syrups? Take the first step in your creative mocktail process with the recipes below and then you’ll learn how to customize and craft your own.
This Peach Basil Bellini Mocktail utilizes the delicate aroma of a homemade peach puree base with the balanced sweet and savory flavor of basil simple syrup for an overall sensation of comfort and welcome. Its mellow flavor and warm appearance are served in a champagne flute topped with your favorite sparkling, non-alcoholic white wine for a touch of classic elegance. Special bonus: its Peach Fuzz color echoes Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year.
Muddled berries form a flavorful explosion of fresh fruit in this Wildberry Sparkler Mocktail. The addition of lemon juice to this naturally sweet sip adds the perfect amount of tartness. This bubbly delight will not disappoint.
Finding creative ways to make drinks for those who are abstaining from alcohol might feel challenging. But using prepared beverages like kombucha, with interesting additions like the Mystic Mixture cordial, helps to take the guesswork out of the “mixology.” The zing of lemon, the tang of kombucha, and blueberries make this mocktail taste like a dream…and it’s great for you!
Don’t feel like you have to miss out on the taste just because you’re opting for a mocktail. The Spicy Orange NA-rgarita is a margarita sans tequila but still carries an equal amount of flavor and liveliness thanks to spicy agave syrup made from jalapenos and agave nectar.
Who doesn’t love sipping a Piña NO-lada by the beach? Coconut and pineapple are the stars of this tropical paradise in a glass. Learn how to make your own piña colada mix and muscovado syrup for a genuine handcrafted mocktail. Plus you get to garnish the drink with a cherry on top!
Citrus fruits are at their peak in winter, and their sunny tang does a body good. So does the bite of vinegar and the heat of ginger. They all come together in this easy and delicious Lemon Ginger Shrub. Just use sparkling water instead of sparkling wine for an elegant and refreshing mocktail.
This martini mocktail utilizes dragon fruit — which is high in fiber, a good source of magnesium, and is packed with nutrients — resulting in a drink that not only tastes good but is also good for you. Leftover homemade dragon fruit and passion fruit simple syrups can be saved for future mocktail nights.
Craving the tingly thirst-quenching goodness of a mojito? This Watermelon-Cucumber NO-jito uses slices of oh-so-fresh watermelon and cucumber. Add in your favorite non-alcoholic spirit, ginger beer, and lime juice to complete this crisp and vibrant beverage.
Story by Kylie Thomas
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