Having a cheeky cocktail at the end of the working week to help celebrate the arrival of the weekend is something that many of us might look forward to. And with so many different flavour combinations and recipes out there to try, it can be hard to pick your favourite. (Although, for me, a Basil Grande on a special occasion does go down a treat!) But if you don't drink, there's no reason to feel left out. With a whole host of delicious drinks out there to take your fancy, there is sure to be something for everyone. Here are some of them mocktails that sound particularly yummy. And with a number of recipes out there to follow, before you know it you'll be creating your own!
Virgin Pina Colada: Perfect for those who like drinks with a tropical twist, a virgin pina colada is the perfect pick, and rather easy to make. (There are lots of recipes out there to follow.) Simply add pineapple chunks (or juice,) coconut milk and crushed - or ice cream if you're feeling decadent - into a blender, and mix until smooth and creamy. Pour in to a glass, garnish with a small slice of pineapple or a marachino cherry, add one very sparkly umbrella, and you'll be transported in to a world of tropicana bliss. It's a great drink for summer months, when you need to cool down, and with ice cream added it's sure to keep little ones happy too. Feeling super-swish? Why not go the whole hog and hollow out a pineapple to pour your drink in to?
Virgin Mojito: For the longest time, a mojito was never one of my "cocktails of choice" on a night out. The minty flavour was just too strong, and some of the ones I sampled were just too sugary and left that gritty, furry feeling in my mouth. But now, I love them. If you're in need of a refresh, a mojito can really cut the mustard. And a non-alcoholic version is really easy to achieve. In a pestle and mortar, muddle together a handful of mint leaves, a sprinkling of sugar, and some lime juice. Pour some sparkling water - or even lemon/limeade into a tumbler, and add your minty concoction. Add ice and test for tartness. Add more sugar if required and there you have it. Simple, easy, zesty and zingy.
Tropical Mocktail: If you're after something that taps in to your creative side, then how about mixing up your own tropical drink? Pick your favourite juices, and play around with flavours to choose your own bespoke juice. Good ingredient options are orange juice, pineapple, mango and passionfruit. Add crushed ice, and a slice of your favourite fruit on the side and you're all set. I've tried creating my own mocktail concoctions before, and they really do go down a treat - especially if you get little ones involved too.
Non-alcoholic Peach Bellini: I just had to finish off with one of my favourites. On a night out with the girls, you can bet your bottom dollar that a bellini is going to feature at some point. The non-alcoholic version is incredibly easy to make. All you need is some peach juice, sparkling grape juice, and a swizzle stick. Pour a little of the peach juice into a glass or champagne flute (if you're feeling extra fabulous.) Chill for a little bit, then sit back, relax and enjoy. If you're getting ready for a night on the tiles, why not make up a jug and treat yourself to a few not-so-cheeky tipples before you head out?
Have you got a favourite mocktail recipe?
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