After all the festive indulgence, many of us are now looking to make healthy tweaks to our lifestyle, choosing to cut down on alcoholic drinks or abstain altogether for Dry January. Here at The Mixer, though we love our classic cocktails, we can’t help getting excited about the growing mocktail trend that offers a delicious sipping experience, minus the alcohol.

We’ve identified five key reasons as to why many people are choosing to enjoy mocktails instead of cocktails, both occasionally or as a rule: 

1. Feeling fresh the morning after

When you have a big day the next day, or simply want to feel fresh when you get up after a night out or in with your mates, the mocktail route is a great way to go. You get to have a bunch of fun, and the next day you are still ready to tackle that presentation or hop on your bike to hit the trails without any lingering side effects. 

2. Keeping things clean

Not everyone is well suited to drinks that contain alcohol. Some don’t like the way it makes them feel, while others may have addictive tendencies that make mocktails a better option for them. Whatever the case may be, non-alcoholic cocktails provide these fine humans with a grown-up drink option that looks fancier than a soda or a smoothie. 

3. Boosting your diet with extra nutrients

When you choose mocktails with the right kind of ingredients, you can actually boost your daily nutritional intake. At this point it has to be said, however, that while fruit is wonderful (LOVE that vitamin A and C journey for us!), fruit sugars are still sugars. Keep that in mind when you choose your non-alc cocktail. 

4. Staying hydrated

Since alcohol is a diuretic (very simply, something that makes you go to the loo more often), it can be a bit of a hurdle if you’re trying to stay hydrated. Mocktails, on the other hand, can actually up your hydration levels if you enjoy the right kind.  

5. Being budget-savvy on the town

Mocktails are also often quite a bit cheaper than their full-force cocktail counterparts since they do not contain any alcohol. This is a nice way to save some pennies if you have a tight budget when you’re headed out, or making drinks for guests at home. 

 

The Mixer’s top three mocktail recipes

Whether you are going sober or just keen to try something different, non-alcoholic cocktail recipes are a great way to build out your drink-making repertoire. Here are our favorite recipes for you to try at home:

Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri

If you love serving a refreshing cocktail, but want to steer clear of alcohol, this Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri recipe is sweet, tart, cool, and delicious — tailormade for daytime shindigs, baby showers, and big lunches.

Ingredients per person

  • 2 large strawberries, hulled
  • 0.25 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 0.75 cup chilled lemon-lime soda
  • 4 cubes ice

Method

  1. In the container of a blender, combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and lemon-lime soda
  2. Add the ice and blend until smooth
  3. Pour into a pretty glass to serve

Virgin Mojito

This not-too-sweet fizzy cocktail is minty and super refreshing. Make a good one with this recipe and no one will miss the rum!

Ingredients per person

  • 12 large mint leaves, thoroughly washed
  • 2 limes, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 0.5 cup club soda or ginger ale,
  • a slice of lime to garnish
  • ice

Method

  1. Add mint leaves to a jug or mason jar with the sugar syrup and freshly squeezed lime juice
  2. Muddle them briefly until fragrant and tip into a highball glass with a handful of ice 
  3. Stir briefly to chill and top up with club soda or ginger ale. Garnish with a slice of lime 

Grapefruit & Rosemary Mocktail

This zesty and refreshing mocktail is perfect to enjoy over brunch with friends.

Ingredients per person

  • Juice of 1 freshly squeezed grapefruit
  • 6 Deseeded cherries
  • ½ Oz Simple syrup
  • Club soda
  • 2 Rosemary sprigs

Method

1. Add the cherries and simple syrup to a highball glass, and muddle with a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon.

2. Add the grapefruit juice and fill the glass with ice

3. Top with soda and garnish with rosemary

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