There is a new sheriff in town, and it’s called the mocktail. A mocktail, as is easy to guess, is a cocktail without the alcohol. There’s a new crowd hanging out referred to as the non-alcohol curious, and there are new hang-outs called dry bars. None of these things are exactly new, however. Mocktails have been around for quite a long time. Everyone has heard of the Shirley Temple drink, right? Dry bars were in existence in the time of temperance during the 19th century. Check out Gigi’s Hoxton if you want to try some popular mocktail drinks.
There is a current trend to drink less among many people, drink less alcohol, that is. Those who can drink are enjoying mocktails in place of cocktails to avoid the side effects of too much alcohol consumption. Those who cannot or should not drink can still enjoy the taste and the social camaraderie of drinking mocktails with friends.
The classic Shirley Temple drink, as mentioned above, is made with grenadine and ginger ale with the addition of a maraschino cherry on top. It is still one of the most popular NA drinks, NA meaning non-alcoholic. The Mojito is another well-loved mocktail, made with lime juice, mint leaves, sugar, club soda, or seltzer water. For a skinnier version, Splenda can be used.
The Arnold Palmer is one of the best-known mocktails, named for the famous golfer. It is quite a simple drink, made with iced tea and lemonade. It’s a pretty drink, layered with the lemonade on the bottom and the iced tea on the top.
Next is the Lime Rickey, using lime juice, simple syrup, and seltzer water. The cocktail version was originally created in Washington, D.C. at Schoomaker’s bar by bartender George A. Williamson in the 1880s, in collaboration with Democratic lobbyist Colonel Joe Rickey. The mocktail version leaves out the gin but continues with the lime, sugar, or simple syrup, and seltzer.
The Virgin Mary, what a great breakfast drink. A good homemade recipe is best. Avoid the Bloody Mary mixers. You can create your own recipe, using your preferred spices.
The Sweet Sunrise or Virgin Sunrise is quite simple. Made with fresh-squeezed orange and grenadine, it is as delicious as the Tequila Sunrise without the tequila.
Let’s move on from the tried and true old-fashioned mocktails and talk about some newer versions. Speaking of a healthier lifestyle, these drinks are good for you.
Blueberry Lavender Faujito is made with blueberries, lime, and mint. It has properties that are supportive of the digestive and nervous systems.
Strawberry Orange Mango Kombucha mocktail, the ingredients are in the name. Fresh fruits are used. Use the Kombucha of your choice, or use your very own homemade brew.
Tart pomegranate juice and fizzy ginger beer make the Pomegranate Ginger Storm mocktail a taste bud tantalizing and refreshing drink.
So here you have it, whether you are an experienced connoisseur or a non-alcohol curious consumer ready to embark on a journey to discover new taste sensations or non-alcoholic versions of your favourite drinks, enjoy.
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