I’ve reached an interesting stage of life where friends are not consuming alcohol like we used to. The reasons seem to vary greatly – pregnancy, health issues, recovering alcoholic. Regardless of the reason though, let’s just admit that we would all be a bit healthier if we went for a mocktail rather than some booze. When I was pregnant, I would ask bartenders to create a mocktail for me when I was out to dinner with friends. Maybe it was pregnancy brain getting the best of me but it never really occurred to me to create some mocktails of my own at home. Now that I’ve made a few I’m actually inspired to make and drink more of them!
The inspiration on this flight of mocktails was really to create drinks comparable to cocktails I would normally order myself at a bar or restaurant. I enjoyed all four drinks listed here but the first two are my favorite. These could be so fun to serve at a baby shower or even just a booze-free brunch with friends!
- If added sweetness is desired for the Pink Lemon Drop, serve in a sugar rimmed martini glass.
- You can buy or make your own simple syrup. To make your own, add ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Let cool completely before adding to your mocktail.
Flight of Mocktails
Sober Sangria – makes 4 drinks
1 orange, sliced
1 apple, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 peach, sliced (in winter, you can sub the peach out for 1 cup pomegranate seeds)
1 cinnamon stick
1 ½ cups pomegranate juice
juice of 1 lime
1 cup cranberry juice
Place all fruit and the cinnamon stick in a pitcher. Pour in pomegranate juice, lime juice and cranberry juice. Stir all ingredients and refrigerate a minimum of 4-8 hours in order to allow flavors to blend and drink to chill. Can be served over ice if desired.
Pink Lemon Drop Mocktini – makes 1 drink
¼ cup cranberry juice, chilled
½ cup Italian lemon soda, chilled
2 fresh ginger slices
1 small sprig rosemary
Optional garnish – 1 lemon slice
Pour juice and soda into a martini glass. Place ginger slices on a toothpick then place in drink. Add rosemary and lemon slice.
Mock-Mojito – makes 1 drink
2 tablespoons simple syrup
Juice of 1 lime
1 sprig fresh mint
¾ cup Topo Chico (or plain carbonated water of choice)
In a 10oz glass, stir together simple syrup, lime juice, Topo Chico and mint. Add crushed ice until glass is full. Garnish with more mint if desired.
Berry Sunrise – makes 1 drink
1 handful blueberries (or opt for blackberries, raspberries or sliced strawberries)
½ cup grapefruit juice
½ cup sprite
Muddle berries in the bottom of a 10oz glass. Stir in grapefruit juice and sprite. Add crushed ice until glass is full.