How to Make Delicious Alcohol-Free Cocktails—and 6 Mocktail Recipes You Need to Try
Don't get us wrong, there's nothing wrong with enjoying the occasional cocktail, but sometimes you just don't feel like drinking alcohol and dealing with the unpleasant hangover it can cause. On those occasions, knowing how to make an alcohol-free cocktail or mocktail can make all of the difference—because, let's face it, sometimes a glass of sparkling water just doesn't cut it.
Mercedes O'Brien is the queen of creative boozy concoctions, but even the Atlanta-based brains behind cocktail kit service Sippn at Home knows how important it is to make a killer alcohol-free cocktail. Dry January—aka Dryuary—became popular in 2013, and since then, there's been a growing interest in drinking less and the alcohol-free movement. In fact, according to data from Nielsen, non-alcoholic beverage sales have increased 33 percent to $331 million over the last year.
O'Brien agrees. "I've been transitioning more into non-alcoholic drinks. I think it's only going to rise more in popularity," she says. Whether you're hosting someone who doesn't drink or you don't want to drink, non-alcoholic cocktails don't have to be boring. Here, O'Brien shares several ways to make non-alcoholic drinks—aka mocktails—that wow without the booze.
How to Make Non-Alcoholic Cocktails
When it comes to whipping up a mocktail or a non-alcoholic cocktail, flavor is key. Crafting superior flavor can be achieved in a myriad of ways, including the use of a non-alcoholic spirit, grabbing a good garnish, and reaching for a tasty mix-in like a shrub or flavored syrup.
Mocktail Drink Recipes
Need some non-alcoholic beverage inspiration? In addition to the tips above, give the following non-alcoholic drink recipes a try.