Mocktails or Virgin drinks are non-alcoholic beverages that mimic their alcoholic cousins without actually containing any alcohol. Why might you want to have a few recipes up your sleeve? At a party or a bar there will usually be one or a few people who don't drink, pregnant women, children, designated drivers, and those taking it easy for the night. Having a fun drink available will allow anyone at your party to have a fun festive drink in hand and be comfortable indulging knowing that they aren't actually consuming any alcohol. Hear are 10 recipes to serve and enjoy!
1. Cuddles on the Beach
3 ounces cranberry juice
3 ounces grapefruit juice
2 ounces peach nectar
Pour into glass and stir until combined and serve chilled or over ice
2. Virgin Sangria
In bowl mix together the raspberries, strawberries, oranges, blackberries and sugar. Let them sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Transfer them to a large pitcher, and add the white grape juice, berry juice, and ginger ale. Pour into glasses and serve.
3. Virgin Mint Julep
Lemon – 2
Mint leaves – 1 cup
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Ice crushed – 1 cup
Sugar – 2 tbsp
Cut and squeeze the ginger to bring out juice.
Mix sugar in equal amount of warm water and refrigerate for 30 to 40 min.
Squeeze the lemons in sugar syrup and mix well.
Add ginger juice and mix well.
Layer the serving glass with crushed ice, pour the syrup over the ice.
Garnish with mint leaves.
4. Baby Bellini
1 tablespoon peach puree or peach nectar
1 ounce mineral water
1/2 ounce lemon juice
Fill with sparkling white grape juice
Put the peach puree in the bottom of a champagne flute. Squeeze in the lemon juice, then slowly pour in the mineral water and grape juice so it all stirs together.
5. Virgin Mary
3 ounces tomato juice
1/2 ounce lemon juice
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Ground pepper (freshly ground is best)
Hot pepper or Tabasco sauce (try Cholula)
Celery stalk, olives, pickle spear for garnish
Build the liquid ingredients into a highball glass over ice
Add the seasonings to taste.
Garnish with the celery stalk, pickle spear or your favorite Bloody Mary garnish.
Note: Measurements are not given for the seasonings because they should be added to taste. Begin with a dash of each, stir the drink and give it a taste. Adjust as you see fit.
12 to 14 small mint leaves or 6-8 big ones
1 ounce fresh lime juice
3/4 tablespoon rum extract
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 ounces club soda or Sprite
Put the mint leaves, lime juice and brown sugar in a tall cocktail glass and muddle the leaves. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add the rum extract and club soda. Stir to mix up the sugar. Garnish with another mint sprig.
7. Shirley Temple
4 Tbsp grenadine syrup
16 ounces ginger ale
Rim glass with pink Pop Rocks.
Add grenadine syrup to ginger ale.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
8. Chocolate Mock Tini
1/2 cup sugar
2 level tbs. natural cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup water
2 cups almond milk
In a small bowl, stir the sugar and cocoa powder together until well combined. Remove two tablespoons of the mixture and pour it onto a small plate; reserve. Put the remaining sugar mixture, cinnamon and water in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook, whisking occasionally, until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Make a cut in the lemon wedge; run the cut lemon around the edges of four martini glasses and dredge the wet rims through the sugar to coat. Pour half the cooled syrup into a cocktail shaker. Add one cup ice cubes and one cup almond milk; shake vigorously until well chilled; strain evenly into two glasses. Repeat with the remaining syrup and almond milk. Serve immediately.
9. Virgin Cotton Candy Champagne
Put cotton candy in a champagne glass and slowly pour Lime Perrier over it.
10. Mango Mock-o-lada
One 12-oz. bag frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup cream of coconut
1/2 cup coconut milk, plus more if needed
juice of 2 limes
lime and mango slices, for garnish, optional
Put the mango, cream of coconut, coconut milk and lime juice in the blender and puree until silky smooth. Add additional coconut milk, a tablespoon at a time, if needed to get the mixture moving in the blender. Pour into two hurricane glasses, garnish with mango and lime slices; serve immediately.