Whether you’re new to recovery or you’ve been sober for years, social occasions where everyone is drinking can be tricky waters to navigate. When everyone else is drinking adult beverages, it can feel very uncomfortable being the only non-drinker in the room. One great way to keep people from offering you alcohol is to have a tasty mocktail in your hand.
If you’ve got a party or holiday gathering on the horizon, don’t fret. Bring along a sober friend and whip up some non-alcoholic drinks for the occasion.
Socialize Sober With These Mocktail Drink Ideas
Mocktails are cocktail-style beverages made with tasty non-alcoholic ingredients. It can feel awkward when you’re the only one without a drink in hand. It can also put your sobriety at risk as you may be tempted to partake in some of the alcoholic beverages getting passed around.
Here are a few mocktail recipe ideas that are fun to make and fun to drink for almost any type of gathering.
The Moscow mule is an increasingly popular drink because of its combo of sweet and spicy. Plus, it’s traditionally served in a copper mug that takes on the cold, refreshing temperature of the drink within. You can keep the Mule and nix the alcohol with this delicious Mock Mule recipe.
Fill your copper mug with crushed ice. Then blend 6 ounces of spicy ginger beer, 3 ounces of lime-flavored seltzer, and some roughly chopped candied ginger. Be sure to add a lime wedge to the rim of your mug to complete your Mock Mule.
Sparkling Pomegranate Margarita Mocktail
The classic margarita makes for a great party drink. This non-alcoholic pomegranate-inspired version is tart, tasty and the perfect complement to tacos at a Cinco de Mayo party.
First, prep your margarita glass by rubbing the rim with lime and dipping it in some kosher salt. Then blend 2 tablespoons of zesty lime juice, 1/2 cup of pomegranate juice, and about 1 1/2 cups of some lime-flavored sparkling water.
Sunrise Grapefruit Mocktail
This beautiful mocktail will make the perfect complement to your Sunday brunch. Fill a champagne flute with about 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice, 2 tablespoons of simple syrup, and top it with 1/4 cup of club soda. Then, slowly pour 1 tablespoon of grenadine syrup into your juice mixture and allow it to settle at the bottom of your glass.
Your friends sipping mimosas are sure to want a sip of your lovely, two-toned sunrise grapefruit mocktail.
While the Shirley Temple is a classic go-to when it comes to non-alcoholic drinks, you may be tired of this party staple. The Shirley Ginger is a new twist on this old favorite.
Fill a pitcher with 4 cups of lemon-lime ginger beer, although traditional ginger beer will also work. Then add 1 cup of club soda or seltzer water, 3 tablespoons of lime juice, and 1/4 cup of grenadine. Blend your concoction with ice and garnish with some colorful lime wedges or maraschino cherries.
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