Top 10 Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

Top Ten Non-Alcoholic Cocktails for Designated Drivers

Is it your turn to be the designated driver for your group’s next big night out? Don’t worry, just because you can’t drink alcohol doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. You also won’t be stuck sipping plain soda and lime or soft drinks; here are some of the best non-alcoholic cocktails you’ll be able to enjoy while assuring your party that everyone will get home safe and sound.
Sweet Drinks

10. Orange-Lime Mocktail

1 highball glass, chilled
2.5 ounces orange juice
1 ounce lime juice
5 ounces Sprite or 7-up
1 wedge of lime for garnish

Pour the sprite into a chilled cocktail shaker, add the orange and lime juices, and shake well. Pour into the chilled highball glass, and garnish with a wedge of lime or an orange slice.

9. Shirley Temple

1 Highball glass, full of ice cubes
Orange juice
Pineapple juice
Dash of lime syrup
Sprite or 7 up

Fill glass 1/3 with orange juice. Add some pineapple juice and a dash of lime syrup. Fill the glass with sprite or 7up. Top with grenadine. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

8. Roy Rogers

1 Highball glass, full of ice cubes
Orange juice
Pineapple juice
Dash of lime syrup
Coca cola
Fill glass 1/3 with orange juice. Add some pineapple juice and a dash of lime syrup. Fill the glass with Coca-cola. Top with grenadine. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

7. Strawberry Piña Colada Mocktail

1 Cocktail or wine glass or Highball glass
1 cup crushed ice
2 ounces coconut milk
3 ounces pineapple juice
2 tablespoons strawberry syrup
1 tablespoon sugar syrup
Handful fresh strawberries
Cinnamon stick and orange slice for garnish.

Put ice, coconut milk, pineapple juice, sugar syrup, strawberry syrup and strawberries into blender or shaker. Shake well, do not strain. Pour into glass. Garnish with orange slice and cinnamon stick.

6. Mock Margarita

Do not make the mistake of thinking that simply throwing some pre-made margarita mix into a blender with some ice will make a great non-alcoholic drink. Many of these mixes have strange aftertastes and are simply too sweet. The best solution is to make your own mock margarita from scratch.

1 cocktail glass, rimmed with coarse sea salt
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice (use more for a more tart drink)
2 ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice (adjust to your liking)
1 teaspoon or sugar (again adjust to your liking)
About 3.4 cup ice

Place all ingredients into a blender, and blend well. Adjust the amount of lime juice or orange juice according to your personal preference. Pour into the cocktail glass, and garnish with a slice of lime.

To make this a fruit margarita, simply add a handful of fresh or frozen fruit, and use a sugared rim instead of a salted one.

5. Karachi Lemonade

1 tall glass
1 ounce of lime or lemon juice, freshly squeezed
Sugar to taste
Pinch of salt
Carbonated mineral water
Ice cubes

Place the lime juice, sugar, and salt in the glass and stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Add the carbonated mineral water and ice cubes, stir and serve. An excellent drink when it’s hot outside.

4. Rail Splitter

1 tall glass
1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 teaspoons sugar syrup or plain sugar
Ginger ale

Mix the lemon juice and sugar together in a tall glass. Once the sugar has dissolved, fill glass with ginger ale and add ice cubes if desired.
Savory Drinks

3. Spicy Mock Salty Dog

1 cocktail glass, rimmed with coarse sea salt
3 ounces grapefruit juice
1 dash Tabasco sauce
1 small pinch cayenne pepper

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake well, at least 30 seconds, strain and pour into a salt-rimmed cocktail glass.

2. Tamarind Mocktail

1 tall glass
1 teaspoon of tamarind paste with seeds removed (see method below)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 generous pinch of salt
1 generous pinch of cayenne pepper
Water or soda water

Mix the tamarind paste with sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper in the bottom of a tall glass. Fill the glass with water or soda water, and add ice cubes if desired.

There are many tamarind pastes available on the market that do not contain seeds; however if the paste is hard are there are seeds, you’ll just need to follow a few short steps. Take about a tablespoon of the paste, place it in a bowl, and pour some hot water over it. Stir, and a few minutes later, you’ll be able to remove the seeds and the paste will be ready to use.

And our number one non-alcoholic cocktail is…

The Mock Caesar

This classic Canadian cocktail is the perfect non-alcoholic drink; it’s tasty without being too thick, it’s spicy without being overpowering, and it is excellent for those who want something other than the run-of-the-mill sugary non-boozy offerings. It’s also much more flavorful than the world-renowned Bloody Mary due to the use of clamato juice instead of plain tomato juice. If clamato juice is not available in your area, please see the note below.

1 Highball glass or tulip glass, rimmed with celery salt and filled with ice cubes.
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, not syrup
Clamato juice
3-4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
2-3 drops Tabasco sauce
Celery stick for garnish

Pour the lime juice, Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces and Clamato juice over the ice cubes, and stir. Add a dash of salt and pepper if you like, and garnish with a wedge of lime and a celery stick. For better visual effect, use a stalk that still has leaves on it.

If you cannot get clamato juice in your area, you can make your own by mixing tomato juice and the juice from a tin of prepared clams.

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