Simple Mocktail Recipes – My 5 choices
Now I am not a good cook or drink maker, in fact my cooking skills go as far as chilli and a Sunday lunch. However, since I realized I could not drink alcohol anymore my big purpose and the purpose of the blog is choice. Both at home and out and about.
It is great to see simple mocktails recipes come to the fore. So here is my best take mocktails that fit: the 00abv motto and they are :
- Easy to make
- Look like an alcohol one
- You can easily get the ingredients
- They are cheap to make
They are all based on three parts:
- What you need
- What to do
- How to do it
The countdown for simple mocktails recipes begins!
Number 5 – The simple 0.0 Fizz
Now I have been to many parties where the only welcome drink was alcohol fizz or orange juice so you feel left out in the cold.
This option is created for people who can’t drink but also the drivers who arrived at your party with alcohol free beer in hand but then look sad when they see the fizz. After all it sparkles! Why would you not look and think nice!
This is based around a so called “syrup base” so watch the calories but on the upside it is mixed with the flavors of apricots, honey, lemon pear and a dash of rosemary! Really fresh flavours.
What you need to make this happen!
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar (many people have this in a cupboard but everywhere sells it)
- Sparkling water either a soda stream or bottled. I have not seen a soda stream in years but apparently these do exist.
- Then add it to the base.
- 1 sliced pear, frozen will do
- 4 apricots ideally dried
- 75g golden caster sugar
- 25g honey
- 1 bit of rosemary, plus extra to garnish, and if you don’t like it leave out.
- Lemon zest which you can get by grating a lemon with a cheese grater!
What to do?
So firstly you are looking to create what they call a “base fluid” and in this case it’s syrup.
So get yourself a large pan ( I buy the basic ones) then add sliced pear, dried apricots, golden caster sugar, honey, some rosemary lemon zest and add about 100ml water. You will want there to be no intense boiliing but keep the heat until you notice that the sugar has dissolved plus the pear is very soft
Put this away to one side away from the dog and let it cool
Then put the syrup you have created through a strainer and add apple cider vinegar. We then want to keep it cool in the fridge. Colder is better but not frozen!
Then add the liquid to the champagne glass or tall wine glass and create a very cold sparkling water top. You can then add some rosemary sprig.
It looks showbiz and it feels like a real party drink! Of course, it’s alcohol free!
If you are very lazy and want some ready-made fizz click below! 🙂 This is provided by my affiliate partner and you pay the same!
Number 4 – A Pina Colada without the alcohol
This is a bit more work but then it’s a classic. Whatever the new mocktails on the scene we always like the classics!
Yes, the ingredients for this one need a bit more work but once you have some of the ingredients they will keep and your alcohol free audience will love them.
- 150ml pineapple juice
- 50ml coconut milk
- 25ml lime juice
- Cherries for the top
- 100g dark brown muscovado sugar
- 1 pineapple, a few strips of skin, plus leaves to garnish
- 5 black peppercorns
- 5 cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
Now with this one you are making a syrup to start with. So be brave and stick the dark brown muscovado sugar and around 200ml water in a saucepan. Make sure you mix it well and we are talking gently here, keep mixing and you will see the sugar slowly melt.
Now this sounds odd but add just a bit of the pineapple skin along with the black peppercorns, cloves cinnamon ( ideally a stick) and this time you really want it to boil.
Turn off the gas or electric and let it really infuse those flavors until completely cold.
The easy bit is sieve or strain into a container and pop it into fridge. It will also keep for a little while.
Now the syrup is done!
Gently tip the pineapple juice into a glass that looks showbiz, slowly add coconut milk and the lime juice. Mix for a minute.
Get a handful of ice and gently add around 25ml of the syrup liquid and you will notice it goes to the bottom ( hopefully)
To make it look good add some pineapple leaves and a cherry. Personally I think the cherry makes it! Take a photo and add it to Instagram!
Number 3 – The Easy – Alcohol Free Mojito!
This one is so easy even I don’t have to think about it!
In fact, you could just go to the corner shop and buy the ingredients! I had my first mojito in a bar in London and yet the history for this drink is far more than a London bar. Let’s celebrate a few facts about it:
- Mojitos of course come from Cuba. Not London Oxford Street
- Did you know Earnest Hemingway loved mojitos. It is well documented.
- It has a history that goes back 500 years
- As with many things, medicine was used as part of this drinks history especially in certain parts of Africa.
- They are probably bigger outside Cuba as they have become a part of most menus.
- James Bond did order a few in films which got people very excited, see it was not just about martini’s with that famous saying “shaken not stirred”.
Now being alcohol free does not stop you from having one, at least with this recipe.
What you need!
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Small portion of real mint fresh ideally
- 3 limes juiced so a basic glass juicer comes in handy or squeezes are in order big time!
- Soda water
See I told you it was easy.
Forget the pestle and mortar, just use a rolling pin and hammer that mint into your bowl with the sugar.
You will know the next bit : get a bag of ice and jump on it until it’s crushed ( please be careful ) then some nice tall glasses. Divide the lime juice between the glasses with the mint that you have prepared. Just top up with soda. Of course as the obligatory straw!
Voila it’s done!
Number 2 – New York Alcohol Free Sour
Before I gave up alcohol I was given this by mistake at the Mondrian Hotel in LA. Bizarrely then later I asked for it in New York and it stuck with me.
It took me a while to realize it was alcohol free, and now I would be really grateful for it! Think buzzing a hotel bar in New York without of course the alcohol and as all my mocktails champion they are 100 per cent alcohol free.
What you need:
- 1 tsp Assam tea leaves (50ml tea), ( don’t be put off by the tea even the corner shop has some or order online)
- Few drops of vanilla extract ( alcohol free if possible)
- 25ml lemon juice
- 3 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp egg white
- 10ml pomegranate juice
What do you do with all that stuff?
Simply just boil the kettle and pour about 150ml boiling water over the tea, use a small teaspoon to give it a wish around and pour using a strainer ASAP. No-body likes stewed tea in New York! Then add in your vanilla extract and just let it cool naturally. Blowing on it rarely works!
Then add the lemon juice, maple syrup and 50ml of the tea into a shaker. Beat the egg white using a fork to give it air then just add 1 tbsp to the mix. Really shake it like a professional cocktails’ maker. What you are looking for is a great frothy look. Add more ice and do your shake thing.
Now the easy bit!
Strain into the ice in a glass and add pomegranate juice with water to make 20ml, then slowly pour into the glass. What you are aiming for here is the juice will float under the froth.
Number One – A classic FREE Gin and Tonic, 100 percent without any alcohol
This is at number one because even if you are a alcohol free drinker a nice FREE gin and tonic is the perfect start to any evening, from Ibiza looking at the sunset to a posh dinner at home for £15, it really has stood the test of time. Gin was originally given as “dutch courage” to men fighting in a war but it has done much more since then with plenty to buy in the market place. But what about homemade? Let’s give it a go!
- 5 cardamom pods
- ½ cucumber
- 1 chamomile tea bag
- ½ bunch mint leaves, plus extra to garnish
- 1 strip of lemon zest
- 5 cloves
- ½ bunch rosemary
- tonic water, to top up
- few pomegranate seeds, to garnish (optional)
Take and press cardamom pods so they open up and cut up your cucumber. Get a large jug and drop in your ingredients including a chamomile tea bag, mint leaves, lemon zest, cloves and rosemary.
Then add 500ml cold water. Let it all move around together like a proper gin fermentation for up to 4 hrs in a fridge.
Then you want to strain the infused water and tip in up 50ml of it into each gin glass that you have on the side. Fill up with your tonic water ice.
To look the part in as in cocktail bar just add for decoration a few mint leaves and pomegranate seeds then get out your bow tie!
What do you think?
So there are my top 5 mocktails’ and remember there are more to discover. I would love to know if you have made a mocktails and how they compare to the alcohol version. Feel free to share your ideas and thoughts below in the comments. I have tried to make them as easy to follow as I can. I always respond.