These NON ALCOHOLIC cocktails are simple to make at home, and taste just as good as the real thing. Booze free drinks are perfect for pregnancy, non-drinkers and kids.
Looking for easy, delicious non alcoholic cocktails? You've found them!
I've selected 20 of my highest rated mocktails, as voted by you, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed...
These recipes are:
Easy: I don't believe you need to spend a tonne of time over a stove creating syrups and flavour pairing in order to make a beautiful, sophisticated drink. I love simplicity, and most of the feedback I get from you is that you love it too! So these recipes are easy to make and divine to drink.
Fast: Short on time? No problem. Some of these drinks can be made in less than 5 minutes. They are all designed to get you drinking you delicious alcohol free cocktail as soon as possible.
Require minimal equipment: If you don't have fancy cocktail shakers and muddlers, don't despair! I make sure each recipe can be made using things that will be found in 99% of homes.
No cocktail shaker? Use a drink bottle or mason jar. No muddler? Use the back end of a wooden spoon.
Perfect for a crowd: Each recipe can be customised to suit how many guests you're serving. Just change the servings in the blue recipe card section and the quantities of each ingredient will automatically adjust.
Use simple ingredients: Let's face it, no one wants to buy an expensive bottle of something they might use for one cocktail then not use again. I make it a rule to only use easily accessible ingredients that don't cost a fortune. Most of my recipes have plenty of variation suggestions too.
Enough from me - let's get to the non alcoholic cocktails!
What is a non alcoholic cocktail?
It is exactly how it sounds - like a cocktail but without the booze. Sometimes the alcohol component is replaced with a non alcoholic version. For example, a virgin mojito might contain an alcohol free rum instead of the full strength rum.
If an alcohol free version isn't available, often a combination of extra citrus, bitters or vinegars (think balsamic or apple cider vinegar) is used, to help to replicate the alcohol. Often when alcohol is removed, the body and bite goes with it, so it's important to replace it with something else so the drink doesn't fall flat.
In the last few years, the alcohol free movement has come ahead in leaps and bounds, so you will no longer be laughed out of the pub for asking what alcohol free options a venue has. Many mixologists are doing exceptional things in the bartending world, and it really is an exciting time for anyone who chooses not to drink for whatever reason!
What are the base ingredient for mocktails?
Things I can't live without are soda water (or club soda), mint leaves, lime and lemon juice and simple syrup. These ingredients I use over and over again!
I also love using freshly squeezed juice like orange juice and grapefruit juice.
Mocktails have a bad reputation for being high in sugar, and it's true that some of them are. I try to keep mine lower in sugar by using alternative sweeteners, such as monk fruit sweetener. Replacing sugar with high quality honey or maple syrup can also bump up the nutrients.
Mixers such as ginger beer, ginger ale tonic water also taste amazing in your nonalcoholic drink.
Equipment you'll need
While equipment is not essential, there are some things that do come I handy. Below I'll list what I use regularly, but also an alternate you're likely to find around the home.
A shaker: I have a few different cocktail shakers, and my only advice if you are going to buy one is make sure it's big enough. They fill up quickly when filled with ingredients and ice!
If you don't have one, anything with a lid will work for your shaking - a drink bottle or a mason jar are the most obvious choices.
Strainer: A strainer is used to separate the chunky ingredients from the liquid. Often a shaker will come with one that sits perfectly over the top. Again, it's no stress if you don't have one. Use a small handheld strainer and just hold it over the glass while you pour the contents in.
Muddler: Muddlers are super handy, and are used to put pressure on the ingredients so that release their flavour. If you don't have one, anything that will adequately 'mush' the ingredients works! I will use the back of a wooden spoon or something similar.
Jigger: A jigger is like a measuring cup for cocktails. They are dual sided, with different measurements at each end. If you don't have one at home, normal measuring spoons and cups work perfectly.
I hope you have fun recreating these non alcoholic cocktails at home!