Best Alcohol Free Cocktails
Now I have a mixed view about the best alcohol free cocktails as I want them to be amazing.
But I really don’t want all that sugar.
Sometimes they can just be a replacement for fruit juice covered up in disguise as an alcohol free drink.
Now of course technically an alcohol free drink is a mocktail although an orange juice might have more alcohol in it that you at first think!
So is an alcohol free cocktail the same as a mocktail and vice versa?
My main problem I need to sort is not the amount of umbrellas on my glass but if it’s convenient enough to take to a picnic or a train when I am traveling.
The good news is that there are some good alcohol free cocktails coming through thick and fast but consumers should be aware as they don’t all taste the same.
What is a Cocktail?
Now for me it is a personal preference here but cocktails’ should be something special.
But then I may fancy a nice alcohol free cocktail for a train journey.
Over the years people have a cocktail at a drop of a hat so they have become the norm rather than the exception.
Most bars now have a cocktail menu and it’s a career and a profession.
That is right as well as a good made cocktail is an art.
If you get a good mixologist you can really tell they know their stuff and it shows!
If you glance at the Merriam-Webster Dictionary they say the proper definition is “an iced drink of wine or distilled liquor mixed with flavoring ingredients.”
In reality, I noticed it can be any concoction chucked in a glass!
The reality is people have been mixing cocktails’ for years or should I say centuries.
Including my old boss who if I had a bad stomach he would give me a brandy, rum and soda.
He would then put it in a fancy glass and call it a “stomach settler cocktail”.
Bizarrely it did actually work!
Even as far back as the 17th century my Gran was using cocktails for so called “medicinal treatment”.
Then came a mix of interpretations like:
- Vodka sling
- Toddies during flu and cold epidemics.
So you could say that they have only become “a thing” as an occasion during recent times.
Hen parties, stag parties they now cross all genders and social backgrounds.
In Spain the barman I know in his desire to give everyone a cocktail is proud of his Neptune Brandy Fizz.
He gets his cocktail shakes out and then adds:
- Orange liqueur
- Bitters, Shaken
- Ice water with ice
- Lemon Peel
He seems to shake it for 10 minutes at least and if you don’t like he then sells you a:
- Gin cocktail
- Rum cocktail
- Whiskey cocktail
Everything seems to be a cocktail that is a mix of drinks including alcohol.
Even something called a slippery nipple topped with a cherry is on offer.
Although stories can change the name “cocktail” comes from the color of a cocks tails which were often around old drinking houses.
It kind of makes sense!
And it’s probably not true!
What is a mocktail?
Don’t let the terminology fool you.
Mocktails are really alcohol free drinks and are not called alcohol free cocktails even though they are!
I think it is because people still want cocktails’ and I have actually heard people say they don’t want a mocktail, they actually want a non-alcoholic cocktail.
Branding is everything in marketing.
I still see alcohol free mocktails menus but many bars still make a big thing out of the cocktails’ branding.
I guess at the end of the day it is what people still call it.
The reality is that they really are the same thing or although one mixologist told me that they think mocktails have more juice involved.
I think he may have a point. I can’t really be bothered to test the theory.
You request a good mixologist worth their weight in gold to make what you want.
And yes they should be able to do alcohol free!
Most I have seen are proud of it and actually think it requires more creativity and I get that!
Both alcoholic free cocktails’ or mocktails are just meant to mimic or replicate the professionalism of cocktails’ but with zero alcohol.
And the good news is it won’t be like for like but you can enjoy a great alcohol free experience.
Plus if you are cutting back on your alcohol intake it takes off the social pressure.
Always know your drinking level through the drink aware website
Ever heard of a Virgin Bloody Mary or a Shirley Temple and you will get the idea.
What are the best mocktails?
For on the go here is one of my recommendations
Savill Tasting Pack – Alcohol-Free Cocktails
This is a great option if you want a few options to try and not just focus on one.
If you are also a bit skeptical of alcohol free cocktails’ this will give you a great introduction to what is possible.
Savyll’s are a relatively unknown brand or they certainly were to me and actually very few people search for them by name.
So you really have to bump into them or have great friends like I do that give me option to try and review for the blog.
They often spot things that pass me by and this is a good example of that.
Of course when people are trying out alcohol free for the first time you want what is familiar. So this brand goes straight for the unique selling option and I don’t blame them.
You could say they deliver to the best of their ability in term of alcohol free and do what it says on the tin.
- Gin & Tonic
These drinks are on nearly every good cocktail menu and transfer well in terms of flavor to the alcohol free cocktail market.
I would say they are certainly mixed to what I call a MIXOLOGIST standard but of course without all the trimmings.
You will have to sort those yourself.
On the upside
- They are portable
- You don’t need to buy mixers so no extra expense
- Clear and tasty flavor
- Just serve and “voila”
- Great for picnics
- Got gift potential ( well I would like it)
- Alcohol free
- No Hangover
- Low calories
- Low sugar
- Vegan Friendly
- Gluten Free
You can see why I quickly became a fan!
- You have to do the extra work if you are serving them in a glass
- If you are traveling make sure they are stocked in a fridge before you travel.
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Why do I like them?
Savyll have created a carefully crafted range of alcohol-free cocktails’ that have been inspired by popular cocktails’ that you know.
There is something about being familiar that I really like.
If you are new to alcohol free drinks in reality you are not that interested in trying a whole new range of flavors.
You want the basics done well.
Savyll in a way cuts down the confusion.
It offers the classics and there is a lot to be said for that.
Yes they are the timeless classics ones but sometimes with alcohol free keeping it nice and simple is a good thing.
There is variety here and I really enjoyed the gin and tonic with ice and a slice.
Again the Bellini and the Mojito were good but it would not be my natural territory when I used to drink alcohol so I will reserve judgment.
But well worth a go and see what you think!
If you are looking to keep sober while you travel on a Friday night this is ideal and does not break the bank on the calories either given the natural ingredients.
I really do love the convenience of this brand 100 percent.
And yes if you are drinking them at home make sure they are chilled.
What would be your best alcohol free mocktail?
I would love to know what your favorite alcohol free mocktails is?
Would you have one in a can on the go or would you only get them in a bar or restaurant as part of a special event.
Do you think alcohol free cocktails’ and mocktails are the same?
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