How to make great tasting mocktails
A mocktail is a great way to enjoy the fun of a party without compromising your safety and sobriety. While I'm not here to judge, some people might choose to indulge in an adult beverage now and again—and that's okay! But for those of us who want to keep things safe and sound (but also delicious), mocktails are just the ticket. Let me show you how easy it can be:
First, decide on your base.
Fruit juice or sparkling water are the most common bases for mocktails, but there are no limits when it comes to creativity! You can also use juice blends like apple and pomegranate or unsweetened tea as bases for your drinks.
Once you've decided on the base of your mocktail, you'll want to pick out some flavours that sound delicious together. For example: coconut water + mango + kiwi? Yes please! Or how about Dealcoholized red wine + blackberries + lime? Sounds delicious too! The next step is choosing how strong you want each flavours to be in your drink—will it be sweetened with sugar and/or artificial sweeteners? Or should it be unsweetened and health-conscious?
Now it's time for flavour.
Now it's time to add some flavour.
Mint leaves, cucumber slices, or citrus fruit like lemons, limes and grapefruits can be added to mocktails for a burst of freshness.
Add a splash of juice—orange, cranberry or pineapple are delicious choices—for sweetness and colour.
Soda water is another great way to add fizziness without all the calories from other sweeteners. Just pour in 1/2 - 3/4 cup (125-175 ml) seltzer water per serving depending on how much soda you're aiming for.
Dealcoholized wine also creates bubbles when mixed with carbonated water and makes an elegant addition to any beverage program as well as being delicious on its own! Try adding just a splash for an extra kick at brunch time!
Lastly, ice and garnish.
Finally, you can add ice and garnish your drink. You will want the best quality ice you can find, so use a high quality ice cube tray and fill it with distilled water at least 24 hours in advance. This allows time for any trace minerals or chemicals to evaporate out of the water which can affect the flavour of your drink. If you don't have an edible garnish on hand, consider using a straw as an alternative—it will make it easier to enjoy your mocktail without feeling guilty about wasting food or getting crumbs in the glass!
If you're feeling creative, try out some new cocktail shakers and muddlers! These two common bar tools are excellent additions to any kitchen's arsenal of cooking supplies since they allow home cooks access to professional-quality drinks without needing special training from an expert bartender (which can be hard if not impossible depending on where they live). Plus once you start mixing up mocktails then maybe one day soon people will ask themselves: "Is this still just a mocktail?"
Mocktails are refreshing and delicious and a great way to stay safe and sober at parties during the holidays.
While mocktails are non-alcoholic, they're still a great way to stay safe and sober at parties. While you might be tempted to down an entire bottle of wine or throw back a few shots of tequila, the hangover will be brutal tomorrow morning. Instead, make yourself some mocktails: delicious, refreshing drinks that you can enjoy without worrying about feeling terrible the next day.
Mocktails are also very easy to make! They take just a few ingredients and generally require very little time in the kitchen. You can even use store-bought syrups if you don't want to break out your juicer or blender. In fact, because mocktails are so simple—and delicious—they make great options for entertaining guests during the holidays (or any time of year).
If you follow these steps, you’ll be on your way to creating a delightful mocktail in no time! And remember, the most important thing is to have fun. Cheers!