After December’s endless binge, that resolution to detox for the month of January sounded like a great idea, until we actually had to do it. How are we supposed to get through our workdays, especially after a break, with no happy hour at the end of the tunnel? We can. But the secret may be finding mocktails that are so good, we won’t feel like we’re being cheated out of the good stuff. (Obviously, we are. But let's make it easier to lie to ourselves.)
1. Booze-less sangria
Sangria, usually a mix of wine and a splash of some kind of liquor (plus tons of fruit), packs a serious punch. But it’s also quite delicious in its own right, sans the alcohol. The Kitchn’s sangria uses tea, juice, and lots of fresh fruit. Carbonated water even adds the fizz you'd typically get from sparkling wine.
2. Cherry Bomb Mocktail
Way before we knew we liked our martinis dirty, Shirley Temples did the trick. Julie’s Eats and Treats takes a bit of inspiration from that with the Cherry Bomb, a mix of lemon lime soda, grenadine, lime, and maraschino cherries. Should someone want to make this into a cocktail, Julie recommends adding some rum during the mixing process.
3. Rosemary, Lemon, Apple & Cranberry Mocktail
Adding lots of flavor is key when trying to replace a cocktail with a mocktail. Here, Great British Chefs use rosemary and lemon verbena with juices of apples, cranberries, fresh raspberries and an orange peel. You may not even miss the booze. That much.
4. French 75 Mocktail
A party favorite, a French 75 is usually a mix of gin, lemon and sparkling wine. Always Order Dessert switches things up by mixing sparkling tonic water with fresh lemon and a splash of citrus bitters. The flavor will be surprisingly similar to the real thing.
5. Moscow Mule
The Moscow Mule is a classic, here turned virgin by Never Homemaker via ginger brew, fresh lime and ice. Won’t pack quite the same punch, but this booze-free spin tastes pretty darn delicious.
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