It's holiday season (or at least party season) and cocktails are flowing but not everyone is an alcohol enthusiast. We don't want exclude our friends who happen to enjoy fun and tasty drinks sans alcohol so I have put together a list of a few mocktails that are not only delicious and classics in the Mocktail world but they are fun to order and say. Maybe that's just me who enjoys saying it.
Roy Rogers - 1 dash grenadine syrup, into a cocktail glass over ice, then pour in carbonated cola. Garnish with a maraschino cherry to serve.
The Classic Shirley Temple - a splash of grenadine topped with ginger ale or lemon-lime soda. I have heard of options that substitute or add in lemonade or orange juice. What have you tried? Don't forget to top with a maraschino cherry.
My favorite, Arnold Palmer - it's something about sweet tea and lemonade mix that says spring & summer. How do you Christmas this mocktail? Add a sugared lemon garnish and a bit of simple syrup to give it a little extra oomph.
Fuzzy Navel - typically made with peach schnapps & vodka trade out the these for 1 cup of peach nectar, 1 cup orange juice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with thinly sliced ginger root. This can be made in a large pitcher for a group...cheers!
Virgin Mary - Okay truth be told, I am not a Bloody Mary fan and so I am not even a fan of the mocktail version. I have a friend that absolutely loves Bloody Mary's so this is for her and for your friends who might want a spicy, hearty drink.
4 ounces tomato juice or V8 if you don't want to add beef stock *1/2 ounce beef stock optional, Dash of lemon juice, 2 drops of hot sauce (Tobasco), 1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, Pinch of fresh ground black pepper (optional) Pour it all in a tall glass and serve with a celery stalk.
Tortuga - I heard about this classic drink that is a staple to those of Haiti and I had to share - 1 cup of freshly brewed iced tea, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar a pinch of cinnamon and lime wedge. Are you daring enough to try it? It's the country's take on US sweet tea.
Mary Pickford - originally with rum it's hard to recreate a rum flavor without A LOT of work. Use 1/4 teaspoon of rum extract (be warned there is still alcohol in the extract unless you use artificial flavoring), 1/2 cup of pineapple juice, splash of grenadine and cherry juice all mixed and served over ice.
Last but not least, I like to say I have coined this mocktail mixture...still thinking of a name that sticks, maybe I should stick with "the Lauren B". - *optional* 1 teaspoon of grenadine, lemon squeeze - 1 teaspoon, 1/2 cup of sweet tea and lemon lime or ginger ale soda. I absolutely love this mixture and order anytime I am out and about. Now granted not everyone will have the grenadine as accessible so that is optional.
What is your favorite mocktail concoction? I love allowing bartenders to create something based off my favorite flavors - that's how we come up with some of these tasty mixtures.