Mocktail Recipes for the Teetotaller

Teetotalling? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.                                                                          

Well, drinks can be fun when hanging out with friends or trying to cool off after a hard day’s work especially in a society where drinking is an acceptable part of socialization. BUT abstinence from alcohol is widely becoming a trend the world over.  More like a positive socio-cultural change as many more become consciously aware of the detrimental impact of alcohol.

Day by day, many more people are gunning for a healthier lifestyle by avoiding alcohol. And interestingly, gone are the days when alcohol-free options were boring sugar laden frizzy drinks. Bars and mixologists have found exciting ways to create non-alcoholic versions of favourite boozes as the need to provide apt alternatives for non-liquor drinkers increases. And they are definitely as tasty and refreshing and even more thirst quenching too!

Got friends coming over for a fun weekend and thinking of something different from the conventional store-bought liquor-free drinks? Need some classy pleasurable drinks?  This is for you!

Let’s get mixing...

1. Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail

Pomegranates are simply awesome! Pomegranate drinks sure gives some touch of class to special occasions. Plus the fact that they’re real healthy.You can also check out our juicy Pomegranate Citrus punch recipe there.

This Mocktail recipe is another delightful way to enjoy the most of pomegranate without the booze. But with a combination of mint and the usual tart flavour of lime or lemon to give an excellent twist...Pomegranate Mojito.

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre 100% Pomegranate juice
  • 2 Lemon, juiced
  • 1 Bunch of Mint leaves, thoroughly washed
  • Pomegranate aril /seeds for garnish (optional)
  • 1 Lime, sliced for garnish
  • Crushed ice cubes

Crush mint leaves slightly in a bowl to release the flavour, then pour leaves into a shaker. Add squeezed lemon juice, some ice cubes and shake vigorously. Strain and pour lemon-mint mix into glasses of ice cubes. Next, pour a portion of the pomegranate juice into each glass, drop in a slice of lime, a spoon of seeds and stir. Garnish with sliced lime or mint. Serve with straw and enjoy chilled.

2. Sparkling Cider Orange Punch

This is another typical crowd-pleasing treat.

  • 75cl Bottle Sparkling Apple Cider, chilled
  • 33cl Ginger beer, chilled (optional)
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 3 large oranges, juiced (100% orange juice can be used as substitute)
  • 1 Big Apple, diced (optional for garnish)
  • Ice cubes

Directions:

Pour orange and lemon juices in a large pitcher bowl/jug. Add ginger beer and sparkling cider.  Stir thoroughly to ensure proper blend. Put ice cubes in glasses, pour punch into them, garnish with diced apples. Serve!

Treat your guests to some of these, they sure will love it!