When you’re planning an evening out, it’s important to decide on a designated driver to stay on the right side of the law, ensure that everyone gets home safely and avoid invalidating your insurance policy. Staying sober for the evening doesn’t have to mean resigning yourself to plain soft drinks, however – why not get adventurous with a few delicious non-alcoholic ‘mocktails’ instead?
1. Mock margarita
To make 8 servings, combine 6 oz. of frozen concentrated lime squash, 3/4 cup of orange juice and 3/4 cup of unsweetened grapefruit juice in a blender until smooth. Gradually add 4 cups of ice cubes until the mixture is slushy, before pouring into margarita glasses and garnishing with lemon or lime wedges. This is the perfect refreshment for a balmy summer evening.
2. Faux champagne
Take a champagne flute and mix together equal amounts of ginger ale, white grape juice and pineapple or orange juice. Pop a few frozen grapes in to keep your drink chilled without watering it down. Faux champagne is a great way to celebrate a special occasion, without having to sacrifice your sobriety.
3. Watermelon lemonade spritzer
Take about 8 cups of diced watermelon and blend until smooth. Stir in 12 oz. of pink lemonade and frozen lemonade concentrate until everything is melted together. Cover and place in the fridge overnight. When you’re ready to serve, pour over ice, top up with sparkling water and garnish with lime slices for a beautifully light and refreshing drink.
4. Mock mojito
Use a pestle to muddle a sliced whole lime, a teaspoon of sugar and a sprig of fresh mint together in a bowl. Take a glass and fill it halfway with ice cubes before pouring the mixture over the ice and adding 1/3 of a cup of apple juice. Top it off with 1/3 cup of sparkling water, stir together and then garnish with a mint leaf for a non-alcoholic version that you’d struggle to tell apart from the real thing – you might want to use a straw for this one though, as getting a mouthful of mushy mint leaves is never desirable!