There’s nothing like winding down after a long day with a cocktail in hand. After all, you deserve to treat yourself every once in a while. There are those moments, however, where you’d like to treat yourself sans alcohol while still keeping your taste buds happy. Whether it’s a new resolution, a gathering with a mother-to-be or you’re simply not in the mood for alcohol aftermath, it’s a great time for mocktails.
So, What Exactly is a Mocktail?
The mocktail imitates some of your classic cocktail favorites without any liquor. Pinterest forecasted trends for 2019 and saw a huge upswing in searches for “sober living”. And honestly, with all the delicious recipes and new mixes available, it’s no surprise that people are catching on with excitement.
Why Skip Out on the Alcohol?
Having a few mocktail recipes up your sleeve can really come in handy. Here are just a few situations you may encounter that are telling signs you’re in need of a mocktail:
- You’re hosting a party with a mother-to-be. You won’t want to leave her feeling left out.
- Your party is a family-friendly affair and you’re wanting to keep the event light and fun.
- You are changing your habits for a healthier lifestyle.
- You have something important to do the next day and don’t want to deal with a potential hangover.
- It’s the weekend and you want a little something tasty to celebrate.
- It’s been a long, rough day and you need a little midweek pick-me-up.
- It’s been a totally normal, great day, but you just gotta treat yourself with something yummy—because why not? You deserve it.
Our Favorite Mocktail Recipes
We wouldn’t leave you hanging without any recommendations. Here are a few yummy mocktail recipes to try out:
It’s a refreshing choice for those who love notes of citrus. And even better, it’s so simple to make. All you’ll need is grapefruit, fresh mint leaves, honey, grapefruit flavored water and ice—and voila! You’ve got yourself the next big hit at any girl’s night or baby shower.
Dreaming of a tropical paradise? This mocktail may just take you there. Made with coconut milk, pineapple juice and vanilla, it’s a burst of beachy nirvana you’ll love. Set a few pina coladas on a Caribbean styled bar cart pool-side and you’ve got yourself a mini-staycation.
Light, subtly sweet and fruity. It’s the ideal choice for weekend brunch, a patio party with the girls or for Mother’s Day. Peach, orange, grape, lemon and lime flavors dance around the sparkling water for a drink that’s simply divine.
Is there any better way to cool off than with a margarita? If you agree, then you’ll soon discover that this mocktail is made of pure magic. Made with just five ingredients, it has a sweet-tart kick to it that may have you favoring this booze-free rendition over the classic.
There’s always one friend that’s dreaming of the holidays year-round. If you’re spending an evening with them (or perhaps that friend is you), then spread a little holiday cheer anytime of the year with this refreshing drink. Ginger and rosemary pair so nicely with cranberry, and the addition of kombucha makes this a healthy option filled with probiotics.
Are you ready to join in on the mocktail magic? Let us know what you thought of these recipes, or share your own personal favorite with us. Just make sure to snap a picture and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #MyAshleyHome.