7 Incredible Non-Alcoholic Cocktails
Studies continue to show that the number of health-conscious drinkers continues to increase. And this has helped to lead to more low-proof drinks and non-alcoholic cocktails becoming more popular.
However, that doesn’t mean that these cocktails drinks will cost you less at the bar.
These drinks are often referred to as NA (non-alcoholic), spirit-free, and no-proof. And they’re a far cry from the previous generation’s not-so-tasty “mocktails.”
Mocktails often consisted of cheap soda and sugary fruit juices. Most of them were extremely unappealing to anyone who wanted the taste of a good cocktail without any of the alcohol.
The non-alcoholic cocktails of today are just as classy as their boozy brothers. These drinks have appealing tastes and look similar to alcoholic cocktails too. This makes them also incredibly helpful for people who are transitioning into sobriety.
These cocktails are fun and easy to make and they also taste amazing. So if you’re interested in learning more, then keep on reading and we’ll take you through everything you need to know!
1. Lemongrass, Hibiscus, Basil, and Honey Sweet Iced Tea
If you’re looking for a cocktail that’s delicious, healthy, and beautiful, then this is the drink for you. This cocktail syrup is made up of lemongrass, hibiscus, basil, and a spritz of lime. It’s also sweetened with honey, so you don’t have to worry about adding any extra sugar to it.
It’s also incredibly easy to make. And unlike the sweet tea that you get at the local fast-food restaurant, it’s full of natural ingredients that are actually healthy for you.
The ingredients are:
- five cups of water
- 1/4 cup of honey or more to taste (you can substitute maple syrup or coconut sugar for a vegan version)
- one lemongrass stalk thinly sliced, plus more stalks for serving
- 3/4 cup of loosely packed fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving
- one-half cup of dried hibiscus flowers
- 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice, plus some lime slices for serving
To make this drink, get a medium-sized saucepan and bring the water to a boil. Once it’s boiling, remove it from the heat and add the honey, basil leaves, hibiscus flowers, and lemongrass.
Cover the mixture and let it steep for twenty minutes or so. Then, drain it all into a pitcher and discard the used basil, hibiscus flowers, and lemongrass.
Now, stir the lime juice in and taste. If it’s not sweet enough, add more honey.
Chill the drink until it’s cold. Serve it over ice with lime, basil, and a fresh lemongrass stalk.
2. Beet-Sumac Soda
Beets are a popular root vegetable that is full of essential vitamins. They also contain many beneficial plant compounds and minerals. They can even help improve your digestive health and support cognitive function.
Sumac is a spice that’s used in all sorts of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. Ground sumac has a tangy, lemony flavor to it.
For this recipe, you’ll need:
- one medium beet, scrubbed
- two tablespoons of sumac
- one 12-ounce can of club soda
- six tablespoons of sugar
- six tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- one cup of water
You’re also going to need cheesecloth for this recipe.
The first step is to finely grate the beet on small holes of a box grater. Do this directly onto a piece of cheesecloth. Then, pull up the sides of the cheesecloth to make a bundle.
Squeeze the beet tightly over a small bowl and try to extract as much beet juice as you can. Transfer two tablespoons of beet juice to a small bowl and set it aside.
Bring the sumac, sugar, and one cup of water, to a boil in a small pot. Lower the heat and simmer.
Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves. This should take around five minutes. Let the syrup cool for a few minutes.
Next, strain the reserved beet juice, lemon juice, and sumac syrup through a fine-mesh sieve into a measuring cup and stir it all up.
Divide the concoction among four glasses, filled with ice, and then top with the club soda.
If you want, you can make the syrup one week ahead. Just make sure to cover and chill.
3. Homemade Tarragon Soda
Tarragon is a leafy green herb that’s used in many French dishes. It has a subtle yet distinct herbal flavor that makes a great addition to a variety of sauces and vinaigrettes. Tarragon works best when you use it sparingly.
For this recipe, you’re going to need:
- one cup of natural cane sugar
- three sprigs of fresh tarragon, plus some for serving
- one cup of water
- seltzer water
Instead of the seltzer water, you can also use sparkling water or any other non-sweetened carbonated drink.
Stir the water and sugar together in a small pot over medium heat. After the sugar has dissolved completely, remove the pot from the heat and add the tarragon sprigs to the pot. It should take around five minutes for the sugar to dissolve.
Cover the pot and allow it to steep for at least ten minutes. After the time is up, carefully (remember, it’s hot) taste the mixture. If you want it to taste stronger, then let it steep for another ten minutes or so.
I like to make my syrup fairly strong so I can dilute it or just use small amounts later.
Once you have the right strength, refrigerate the syrup. When you want to serve it, fill a glass with ice and a couple of tarragon leaves. Add a little bit of tarragon syrup and top it off with seltzer water or your beverage of choice.
Then, just stir well and add more syrup to taste.
4. Pineapple Coconut Water
For those of you who prefer more fruity and tropical drinks, this is the cocktail for you.
For this cocktail, you’re going to need:
- 3/4 cup of fresh pineapple juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of pure ginger juice
- one lime
- 1/2 cup of pure coconut water
- 1 teaspoon of honey, if desired
If you want to make your own pineapple juice, then it’s helpful to have a juice extractor on hand. You can also use a blender. You can also juice pineapple by pulsing cored/peeled pineapple cubes in a food processor and then spinning the puree in a salad spinner lined with cheesecloth.
To juice the ginger, peel the ginger and then grate. Then, press it through a strainer. You can also use a juicer.
In order to make this drink, combine the ginger juice, coconut water, and the pineapple juice in a mason jar or cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake it well and taste. If you want it a little sweeter, then add a few drops of honey.
You probably won’t need a lot of honey if your pineapple is sweet enough.
Then, fill small, chilled glasses with a lot of ice cubes and very thin slices of lime. Pour the pineapple coconut concoction into the prepared glasses and top it off with an extra squeeze of lime, if you want.
5. Tangerine Rosemary Soda
The tangerine is a kind of mandarin orange. It’s packed with vitamin C and vitamin A as well as helpful fiber. Not to mention, this drink is going to be much better for your heart than anything with alcohol in it.
Rosemary is a seasoning that’s used in all kinds of foods, soups, and drinks.
The ingredients for this drink are:
- 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed tangerine juice
- one tablespoon of rosemary simple syrup
- club soda
- two tablespoons of lemon-lime soda
- one tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
Fill your glass with ice and add in the lemon-lime soda, rosemary simple syrup, and juices. Then, top it off with club soda. You can then garnish the drink with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of tangerine.
Make sure to stir before you drink. And if you prefer drinks that are a little less sweet, then you can just leave out the flavored soda.
To make the rosemary simple syrup, you’re going to need:
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- four sprigs of rosemary
Combine the rosemary, sugar, and water in a small pot over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir it until the sugar has dissolved completely. Then, remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for around ten minutes or so.
Strain out the rosemary and let the mixture cool completely. Then, store the syrup in a bottle or lidded jar in the refrigerator.
6. Watermelon, Mint, and Cider Vinegar Tonic
The thought of drinking vinegar might put a bad taste in your mouth. But in this drink, it’s sure to do just the opposite. It adds greatly to a drink that’s sour and sweet and icy cold.
This drink is brimming with fruit and vinegar and it soothes the palate with mint and sweetness. It’s a perfect summer drink. And because there’s no alcohol in it, you don’t have to worry about breaking any rules when you take it to the park for a picnic.
To make this non-alcoholic cocktail, you’re going to need:
- three cups of water, plus more to serve
- one cup of honey
- one cup of tightly packed fresh mint
- 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
- six cups of coarsely chopped watermelon
- one cup cider vinegar
- spearmint, sliced unwaxed cucumber, and sliced watermelon, for garnish
To start this recipe, bring the three cups of water and the salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add in the honey and stir until it dissolves completely. Then, remove the pan from the heat.
Combine the mint and watermelon in a big bowl. Stir in the honey-water mixture and let it cool to room temperature. Then, go ahead and add the cider vinegar.
Let the mixture steep for several hours, or up to one day, in the refrigerator.
Strain the mixture and put the watermelon chunks aside. You can eat them if you so choose.
Pour the concentrate into a clean mason jar and store it in the refrigerator for no more than one week.
To serve this drink, pour 1/4 of a cup of the concentrate into a glass over ice. Then, dilute it with 3/4 cup of water.
Garnish the drink with mint, cucumber, and watermelon.
7. White Peach Maple Soda
Are you looking for more of a dessert drink? If so, then you need to try this white peach maple soda. It’s delicious and it’s a perfect substitute when you’re trying to abstain from alcohol.
To make this non-alcoholic beverage, you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup of maple syrup
- 1/4 cup of water
- two cups of unpeeled white peaches
- soda water
- freshly squeezed lemon juice
Over low heat in a medium saucepan, combine the maple syrup, water, and peaches. Make sure that the peaches have been cut into 1/2-inch chunks.
You just want the peaches to get warm and to soften a bit. However, you don’t want to overcook them. Puree the mixture with a hand blender.
Set the mixture aside to completely cool.
When you’re ready to serve, fill each glass with ice. Then, add three parts of soda water to one part peach puree. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to the mixture.
Finally, stir to combine everything and serve the drink with a sprig of fresh lavender.
Which of These Non-Alcoholic Cocktails Will You Try Next?
As we can see, there are all kinds of delicious and simple non-alcoholic cocktail recipes out there. These drinks make it easy to have something that’s mature, refreshing, and good for you. The only real question is, which of these non-alcoholic cocktails are you going to make first?
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