These days, you’ll find a wealth of virgin cocktails served in bars and restaurants, allowing those who aren’t drinking alcohol, whether for age, health or other personal reasons, to have a good time and enjoy a delicious drink.
While in the past, people often thought of mocktails as a glorified fruit juice, now, they’ve grown increasingly complex and are popular for any and all occasions. If you’re thinking of adding a virgin cocktail to the menu for your next event, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite non-alcoholic drinks recipes to try.
1. Virgin Bitters
Unique and distinctly flavourful, our award-winning Virgin Bitters mocktail delivers the depth and aromas of the classic Negroni cocktail, without the alcohol. Perfect to enjoy as an alcohol-free aperitif before dinner, this mocktail combines non-alcoholic spirits with bitters which offers gentian herb and cardamom flavours, resulting in a wonderfully spicy and fruity blend that’s irresistible.
2. Shirley Temple
Well-known as the mocktail that started them all, the Shirley Temple is incredibly famous all over the world. Created in Hollywood in the 1930s, the drink was originally served to child-actress Shirley Temple and then became popular with other children dining with adults. Although designed for kids, this mocktail can be enjoyed by all ages who would rather sip on something non-alcoholic. Made with ¼ ounces of Grenadine and 3 ounces of either lemonade or lemon juice, then topped up with 3 ounces of ginger ale, this mocktail is ultra-refreshing.
3. Lemongrass Citrus
If you’re in the mood for something fragrant, fresh and sophisticated to enjoy with family and friends any time of year, then our Lemongrass Citrus is the mocktail for you. Expertly created in Milan, Italy using an aromatic blend of non-alcoholic distillates with an exotic twist of Grenadine, this mocktail is both punchy and smooth and perfect for those who enjoy a taste of tropics.
4. Mocktail Mary
As the ultimate brunch cocktail, the Bloody Mary has undergone many transformations with plenty of modern twists, such as our own tribute to the icon, the Ghost of Mary Tudor cocktail. The non-alcohol version of the cocktail removes the vodka but keeps all the heat and flavour as it contains tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, black pepper, hot sauce and a celery stick to garnish.
5. Ginger Sour
Our Ginger Sour mocktail will bring a tantalisingly tangy flavour alongside a refreshing kick that’s hard to resist. Perfect suited to both the winter and summer months, this mocktail can be enjoyed during the festive season by the fire or on a gloriously sunny day on the beach. Fresh and full of flavour, the Ginger Sour blends non-alcoholic distillates with warming ginger spices for an unforgettable drink.
6. Virgin Mojito
No cocktail is more reminiscent of summer than the Mojito, with its refreshing mix of lime and mint. The iconic Cuban drink dates back to the 1500s and is still highly requested in bars everywhere. To enjoy the Mojito without the alcohol, simply omit the rum and blend the lime juice, fresh mint, soda water and simple syrup, and you’ll be left with a sweet, bubbly and minty fresh drink.
7. Mango Mule
Mangos are one of the most popular fruits in the world, so it only makes sense to include them in drinks to create exquisite tropical flavours. Based on the popular Moscow Mule which was created in the 1940s, the non-alcoholic Mango Mule combines fresh mango chunks, ginger beer and lime for a delightfully sweet flavour that will instantly transport you to an exotic island.
8. Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri
Few things taste as sweet as a Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri and, despite its impressive appearance, this berry mocktail is surprisingly easy to make. Blending frozen strawberries, lime juice, simple syrup and either tonic water or lemon-lime soda, we guarantee this drink will go down a treat with everyone, whether they drink alcohol or not.
9. Margarita Mocktail
As the most ordered cocktail in bars around the world, the popularity of the classic Margarita is here to stay. If you want to experience the hype without the alcohol, the tangy Margarita mocktail is the next best thing. Combining lime juice, lemon juice, pickle juice, simple syrup and tonic water, you’ll get the much-needed kick you’re craving. Don’t forget to give your glass the iconic salt rim that the Margarita is also known for too.
10. Virgin Mimosa
Simple yet effective, the Virgin Mimosa is a drink for all occasions, from a casual brunch to a celebratory toast, you can’t go wrong with this citrusy and bubbly mocktail. Ideal for both children and adults, the Virgin Mimosa combines orange juice with citrus sparkling water and a dash of ginger ale for a unique finish.
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