Whether you’re the designated driver or you simply prefer not to indulge in alcohol, it doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the fun of cocktails. Mocktails are becoming increasingly popular as social attitudes toward alcohol consumption change and non-alcoholic and low-alcohol drinks become more acceptable and popular.
In a recent survey published by BeverageDaily, it appears that it is Millennials who are driving the change in attitudes to alcohol. Nearly one third of respondents in the age bracket of 16 to 25 stated that they don’t drink any alcohol at all.
How do you go about creating a mocktail so that it has a similar pizazz to its alcoholic counterpart? Let’s take a look at a few mocktail ideas you can try at your next party.
Pretend Pina Colada
Replace the rum in this classic cocktail with a non-alcoholic syrup that you can make yourself or buy pre-mixed. If you’re going to make it yourself, mix dark brown muscovado sugar, fresh pineapple and spices in water and warm in a pan until the sugar has dissolved. Add coconut milk and pineapple to give you the same Caribbean taste as the real thing.
Of course, it’s not just at home that you can enjoy a mocktail. An increasing number of bars are cashing in on the trend for non-alcoholic drinks and using a wide range of exotic post mix juices like those supplied by empireuk.com/post-mix-products/post-mix-juices to create all manner of delicious concoctions.
Make-Believe Mulled Wine
Swap out the alcohol in your mulled wine and replace it with warming spices and deliciously fruity blackberries. Still served warm, simply add your juices along with a range of festive spices such as cinnamon, star anise, cloves, peppercorns and orange to the pan and warm gently. Don’t forget that this drink needs to be served in a heat-proof glass.
For this one, simply leave out the rum. Make it classic with soda water or go dark and stormy by using zingy ginger beer instead.
Don’t forget the trimmings
Part of the glamour of cocktails is the way they’re served, adorned with umbrellas, cherries, and sugar-rimmed glasses. Don’t sell your mocktails short; go all out with presentation and your mocktails are sure to be as big of a hit as the real thing.