5 Mocktails: Alcohol Free Cocktail Recipes

Melanie Thomassian Health Pro
  • If you’re totally over hangovers, you’re on a health kick, or you’re simply teetotal, why not get a bit creative and make up your own no-alcohol "mocktail" creations?


    Stock up on things like 100% pure fruit juices — orange juice, pineapple juice, or cranberry juice work well to begin with, then add a bit of zing with citrus fruits, tonic water or lemonade, and experiment with different flavors.


    The real secret with mocktails is in the presentation. So, garnish your glasses with plastic toothpicks skewered with pineapple chunks, grapes, cherries, or olives, colorful straws, tiny umbrellas, or slices of lemon, lime, orange or kiwi.

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    Here are 5 mocktail suggestions, which are perfect for the entire family:


    1. Cran-Raz Spritz



    16 ounces cranberry-raspberry juice

    16 ounces soda water

    2 tablespoons lime juice

    Crushed ice

    Garnish — ½ cup frozen raspberries, 4 lime wedges


    Combine cranberry-raspberry juice, soda water, and lime juice. Divide between ice-filled glasses. Then garnish with frozen raspberries and lime wedges to serve.


    2. Mary V



    3 ounces sodium reduced V-8, or other tomato juice

    1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

    Tabasco sauce, to taste

    1 teaspoon lime juice

    Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

    Crushed ice

    Garnish — celery sticks


    Mix all the ingredients together, and pour into tall glasses, over crushed ice. Garnish and serve.


    3. Tropical Smash



    Garnish — finely chopped coconut

    3 cups frozen strawberries

    1 tablespoon sugar

    2 tablespoons lime juice

    3 cups ice cubes


    Place the coconut in a shallow bowl, moisten the rim of your glasses and press into the coconut, set aside. Blend the strawberries, sugar and lime juice until smooth. Add ice cubes, then blend until frothy. Pour the strawberry mixture into your already prepared glasses.


    4. Mint Zing



    5 springs of fresh mint

    1 ounce simple syrup

    Crushed ice

    1 lime

    8 ounces soda water

    Garnish — lime wedges and mint sprigs


    Mix the mint with the syrup in a tall glass, add crushed ice. Squeeze half of one lime into the glass, then add the soda water, and garnish with lime wedges and mint sprigs to serve.


    5. Cranberry Cooler



    Garnish — salt, sugar

    6 half-inch slices of peeled cucumber

    Crushed ice

    6 ounces cranberry juice

    Juice squeezed from half a lime

    Garnish — cucumber slices


    Mix a teaspoon each of salt and sugar in a shallow bowl. Moisten the rim of your glass and press the rim into the salt-sugar mix. In a separate blow mash (slightly) the cucumber, add to a shaker of ice, with the cranberry and lime juice. Shake well and pour into prepared glass, garnish with cucumber slices to serve.


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    Melanie Thomassian is a registered dietitian and author of Dietriffic.com. Check out her blog for healthy eating tips, and much more.


Published On: March 25, 2010