[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ear me out. Mocktails are the new cocktail. Yes, that's right. These tasty alcohol-free beverages are becoming more and more popular at parties I attend. Whether it be a fun drink that even the kids could enjoy or a beverage for the DD, these mocktails are full of flavor and fun to drink.
One of the best parts of mixing up these mocktails is that alcohol can be added according to everyone's preference. Just whip up a pitcher or two of your favorite mocktail recipes and place them on a table with small bottles of liquor. Guests can add as little or as much as they would like according to their preference.
You can even set up your own non-alcoholic drink station with different sparkling waters, simple syrups, fresh fruit and cute straws. Everyone can mix their own drink recipe and head back into the party. Fun straws and cups are always welcome.
1. Cucumber Berry Mocktail Spritzer
If you are a La Croix aficionado or just love bubbly drinks, this Cucumber Berry Mocktail Spritzer is for you. Almost reminiscent of a Pimm's cup, this perfect mocktail mixes together lemonade, fresh mint leaves, cucumber and blackberries. The cucumber blackberry La Croix brings it all together.
2. Moscow Mule Mocktail
Spicy and refreshing at the same time, this non-alcoholic Moscow mule substitutes a hearty amount of ginger beer in place of vodka. Mix up fresh lime juice, simple syrup, club soda, mint and pour into a copper mug. Top the drink with ginger beer and garnish with mint and lime slices. You won't even notice the lack of vodka.
3. Strawberry Lime Agua Fresca
Translated to, "fresh water," agua frescas are a great way to incorporate fruit and water into a refreshing drink. Simply place strawberries and lime juice in a blender with water and blend until smooth. Strain out the seeds (or leave them in if you like your drinks thicker) and serve with a strawberry.
4. Mai Tai Mocktail
All you need is a calm ocean breeze with this Mai Tai mocktail. A combination of pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice and grenadine are mixed together with almond simple syrup and soda water. You can either prepare this drink in a pitcher or a large punch bowl topped with maraschino cherries and orange slices.
5. Wild Berry Mocktail Shrub
Who knew that drinking vinegars could be so delicious? This Wild Berry Mocktail Shrub begins with a sugary maceration of blackberries, strawberries and blueberries. The next day the mixture is strained and mixed with sparkling water and served with fresh berries. Go ahead, drink some of this sweet vinegar.
6. Mint Kiwi Lemonade
Kiwis and lemon make a great match in this minty lemonade recipe. To begin, heat up your own simple syrup and infuse with fresh mint. Once steeped, add the syrup to the pitcher along with purred kiwi and lemon juice. You can even take this drink one step further and top your glass with sparkling water. So refreshing.
7. Copycat Orange Julius Smoothie
Cool of with this childhood favorite. Using frozen orange juice concentrate is the key to this icy recipe. The reason is that the orange flavor is more concentrated rather than if you used normal orange juice. The result would be more liquidy than iced.
8. Key West Cooler Mocktail
If you've ever taken a Princess cruise, you'll know that the Key West Cooler is one of the most popular drinks on the ship. This mocktail version mixes passion fruit juice, cranberry juice, watermelon juice and lemon lime soda for an unforgettable drink. We'll take three please.
9. Frozen Piña Colada Mocktail
Bring in summer with the classic combination of pineapple and coconut. Blending together cubed pineapple, coconut water, coconut milk, coconut cream and pineapple juice, this frozen drink doesn't even need the rum. Be sure to drink these before they melt!
10. Guava Lime Kombucha Mocktail
Kombucha is all the rage right now. A fermented tea, kombucha is filled with heathy probiotics to make your gut happy. This beautiful pink mocktail combines the taste of guava kombucha with lime mineral water. One sip and you'll be hooked.
11. Raspberry Italian Cream Sodas
Sweet and refreshing, Italian sodas are totally customizable. This raspberry soda uses raspberry syrup but you could substitute that out for lemon, blueberry or even something exotic like rose. Add the syrup to the glass, followed by sparkling water and ending with a touch of half-and-half. Delizioso.