What Is A Mocktail Drink?

They say that you know when something has gone mainstream when people start looking it up in a dictionary, and it is there.

Well, what is a mocktail drink is now in the dictionary.

Merriam-Webster defines a mocktail as a usually iced drink made with any of various ingredients, and that could be (juices, sodas, herbs, botanicals)

But here is the thing, it has to be 0.0 abv, so no alcohol; otherwise, it is a cocktail, not a mocktail.

Although many bars also have non-alcoholic cocktails, in reality, it is the same thing, so don’t get too hung up on it.

The bar is probably just a bit behind on the trend.


It crossed over into the mainstream, which is an excellent thing for alcohol-free choice.

It’s probably the only non-alcoholic beverage that might even have its section on a drinks menu on a bar.

Whereas if you ask for an alcohol-free beer, gin or wine, you will get a look that says “no idea”.

I know a mixologist says the descriptions in the dictionaries do mocktails and the industry as a disservice.

A Mocktail created with care and attention.

I think it is probably the one thing the dictionaries miss out on.

For example, the Oxford dictionary says a mocktail is a nonalcoholic drink made up of a mixture of fruit juices or other soft drinks.

Where are the shakers, the glass, the sugar coating rim, the umbrellas?

Yep, they are nowhere to be seen, but that is a mocktail.

Mocktails and Cocktails

After all, non-alcoholic drinks mirror alcohol ones, at least in some way.

They are never going to be the same but lets at least meet halfway.

If you are serious about a tremendous alcohol-free industry, though, we do need to support it.

The Other names for Mocktails

Of course, they may go back further but with a different name.

When I was growing up they were called “Virgin” so :

  • Virgin Mojito
  • Virgin Mary
  • Virgin Cosmopolitan
  • Virgin Sling
  • Virgin Coffee Liqueur
  • Virgin Caribbean Rum
  • Virgin No Sex On the Beach ( I kid you not)
  • So maybe we are being hoodwinked by the marketing departments.

Traditional cocktails with a different take

So cocktails we would love if we were still drinking alcohol.

Some crafted with new alcohol-free products on the market.

It’s amazing what you can make with alcohol-free gin or spirit from Seedlip, which I review here.

Around the world, mocktails might be branding as :

  • Alcohol-Free Cocktails
  • Boneless Cocktails ( although this implies you’re a weakling for not drinking alcohol)
  • Non-Alcoholic Cocktails
  • Nonalcoholic Drinks
  • Soft Cocktails
  • Soft Drinks
  • Spirit Frees ( no spirits)
  • Temperance Drinks ( you are refraining from alcohol )
  • Virgin Cocktails
  • Zero Proof Cocktails
  • Zero Smoothies

Virgin Bloody Mary

I also have heard the word squash used which takes me back to childhood drinking Robinsons Barley Water.

Not reasonably what I consider a mocktail!

These fit an occasion and are not meant to be just soft drinks or fruit juice.

That defeats the object.

But you expect to see fruit, carbonated drinks, syrups, creams, herbs, spices, colas, tonic. The rules are off when you go for a mocktail.

To chuck some ingredients into glass seems to so the name an injustice in my view!

The great thing is that the new alcohol-free spirit could replace the alcohol version like Rum or Gin.

Please read my review of alcohol-free Rum here.

The sure thing is, mocktails are drinks that don’t include any alcohol.

Why have a Mocktail?

There are a lot of reasons why a mocktail is a good idea.

After all, people don’t drink for lots of reasons, and yes, you will always get a server saying “what’s the point” when you ask for an alcohol-free drink.

However, I have never had a mixologist say that as they take a lot of pride in their work.

Some of my simple alcohol-free cocktail choices are here.

Here are just some of the reasons why a mocktail may be a good idea:

  • You are driving
  • You hate the taste of alcohol
  • You are avoiding a hangover
  • Your job is to make sure the bride gets home safely
  • You can’t drink alcohol because of your health
  • You are cutting back as you know you should
  • You like the taste
  • You hate the taste of alcohol
  • You’re pregnant
  • You’re saving money
  • You are in charge of the group
  • You’re the maid of honour
  • You’re the best man on wingman duty

Mocktails are Great For Parties

There is generally more pressure on you with going alcohol-free than if you are drinking.

It’s just the way society is right now, but it’s changing.

According to the latest research on google, alerts from trade industry bodies are that the driver is people aged 15-34.

Younger people want to get drunk less, and one of the main reasons is it’s not a good look on social media.

It is fascinating how trends change!

There are more social reasons as well, though:

  • It takes the pressure off
  • It’s part of the occasion
  • It widens the taste buds
  • It offers a chance not to feel left out
  • Offer more alternative alcohol-free choice
  • It’s a way to celebrate

Always know your alcohol limits, and the best website for that is drinkware.

Can you purchase them ready-made?

Yes, be prepared for different tastes, though.

As my mixologist friend says, you should see them Master crafted in front of you.

But I am also a realist.

However, he does have a point.

If you have ever been to an all-inclusive vacation or holiday resort, you might have seen those ready-made mixers behind the bar.

For the most part, they don’t taste good at all.

They probably give mocktail as a bad name.

The last thing the alcohol-free industry needs is bad tasting drinks.

My recommendation is :

Mocktails Uniquely Crafted Vida Loca Mockarita,

This mocktail comes in a bottle and ready-made but tastes fresh and not prepacked.

One of the brands is Mocktails Uniquely Crafted Vida Loca Mockarita, but they also come in different flavours,

  • Mocktails Uniquely Crafted Scottish Lemonade Moscow Mule ( named differently)
  • Mocktails Uniquely Crafted Karma Sucra Mockapolitan

The good news is that they have decent taste.

Also, to their credit:

  • Alcohol-free
  • Ready to Drink
  • Ready to Mix with whatever you fancy
  • Only 80 Calories per bottle
  • Gluten and Allergen free
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • No Preservatives
  • Vegan

I am also wary of high sugar and mocktails, and you should be too.

It is one of the reasons I am a fan of Seedlip with a Fever-Tree light Tonic Water.

Purely, people think that non-alcoholic means diet, and yes, there are fewer calories than if there was alcohol in it.

We do need to watch out for added sugar.

There is no point replacing one thing with another.

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What is a mocktail drink for you?

What has been your experience of mocktails versus cocktails?

Even if you drink alcohol, have you ever considered them a good alternative, and why did you choose it?

What’s your view on ready-made mocktails or cocktails.

I have written about non-alcoholic cocktails and why they are really the same.

What is a mocktail drink?

I love reading your views, so leave them below in a comment, and I always come back and respond.



4 thoughts on “What Is A Mocktail Drink?”

  1. I was going to ask you about a cocktail that does not contain any alcohol, but you already answered me. Cocktails are good drinks but their alcoholic effect many times makes me do without them. But mocktails are more friendly since they are non-alcoholic drinks and they come without drowsiness 

    • Hey Parameter, many thanks for commenting on What is A Mocktail Drink; it is much appreciated.

      I am also pleased you got the answer. That always helps. I think your comment is spot on, and thanks for taking time out to read the blog.

      All the very best, 


  2. There are definitely a lot of great mocktails out there, and I have noticed the trend of mocktails and non-alcoholic cocktails appearing on menus at some of the best restaurants in town. It’s a shame that these beverages will cost the same as their alcoholic counterparts, but it is a handcrafted drink that can’t be found in grocery stores. Definitely worth trying when you want to avoid alcohol!

    • Hey Aly, thanks so much for your great comment on what is a mocktail drink? 

      I agree it is one of the early adopters of alcohol-free drinks in bars about town. 

      Yes, the cost is always an issue, so I totally get where you are coming from with that. Good point! 

      I really appreciate you taking time out to share your thoughts on the blog. Phil


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