What are Mocktail Drinks ? Learn to make 4 common Mocktails
Gone are the days when creating a vibrant beverage for people not consuming alcohol was a herculean task. With an increase in the number of health shows and fitness freaks a good number of people in the metros have taken the healthy option of enjoying their evenings minus the alcohol. Mocktails, as the name suggests are virgin drinks (i.e. no alcohol) and are great ways to socialize keeping in mind the health option and also family events where alcohol may not be such a great idea. Fizzy beverages such as Coke and Pepsi, ciders, fruit juices and ice teas do not contain alcohol. Certain posh supermarkets also have non-alcoholic beer and wine but are available only in the metros in India. Certain spring and summer cocktails are a great retreat from the irritating summer heat and people who don’t drink alcohol have no reason to fret.
4 Very common Mocktails you should know about
1) Non Alcoholic Sangria
Recipe The Sangria is a Spanish punch and to explain its preparation in simple terms, it is an amalgamation of fruity flavour in a glass. The liquid is a combination of black tea a fruit juice and adding a little cinnamon for a dash of spice is optional.
- Boiling water (Quantity as per requirement).
- Tea bags or powder (Quantity as needed).
- Cinnamon sticks.
- 3 cups pomegranate juice.
- 1 cup fresh orange juice.
- 1 slice of orange.
- 1 slice of lemon.
- 1 slice of lime.
- 1 apple cut into pieces.
- 3 cups of carbonated water
Recipe : Make black tea with boiling water and put the cinnamon sticks to soak in the flavors for 5 minutes. Leave o for 5 minutes and mix sugar to dissolve. In a jar, make a combination of tea, cinnamon sticks and the juices. Add the pieces of lime, lemon and apple in them and allow it to refrigerate for 1 hour or preferably overnight. Right before serving, stir in carbonated water (Optional) and serve over ice.
2) Sparkling Rosemary Limeade
If you like lime juice with a punch, then this is the drink for you. Hydrating in summer and healthy for those regular exercisers sparkling rosemary limeade is not just lime juice and sugar. This drink has the fizz and intense syrup that needs dilution with soda (sparkling water). An added dash of rosemary herb prevents the drinkers from narrowing their eyelids after every sip.
- 1 bowl juice of lime
- 1 bowl of sugar
- Rosemary as per requirement
- Plenty of chilled sparkling water
Recipe : Make a mixture of lime juice and sugar and simmer it on medium heat and keep stirring till he sugar melts altogether. Add herbs of rosemary, lime peel and sparkling water to make a mixture. Serve over ice.
3) Rosemary Citrus Spritzer
Using syrups and herbs is a good way to maintain a good balance between keeping things sweet and yet adding a grown up machismo element. Rosemary citrus spritzer is that perfect afternoon mock tail for a kitty party or afternoon get-together.
- 2 lemons
- 2 oranges
- Fresh rosemary as per requirement
- ¾ cups sugar
- Sparkling water
- Garnishing of lemon and rosemary (optional)
Recipe : Peel a lemon and extract the juice enough to make a cup. Make a mixture of rosemary, sugar and honey and put in on medium heat on a saucepan. Boil for some time, enough to liquefy the sugars in the liquid mixture. Allow mixture to cool and strain. Serve over ice and add water or soda as per individual tastes.
4) Classic Meg Ryan
Since non-alcoholic beverages do not get trendy names like Shiraz and Redtail, this full-bodied berry mixture is named Meg Ryan. This is a no-fuss drink that does not need tedious amounts of effort or ingredients and quite apt for an evening with friends or a formal get together.
- 1 serving of berries (Seasonal)
- 1 tea spoon lemon juice
- 2 table spoon honey
- 1 cup soda water
Recipe : Add the berries, honey and lemon juice to a blender and mix until the mixture is smoothed. Voila, there is Meg Ryan special. Add water or sparkling water as per taste and serve over ice. This drink requires no fuss, no hassle and is rather easy to make.