What is a mocktail, and how is it different?
Simply put, a non-alcoholic cocktail is called a mocktail. Although it is not something entirely new, since non-alcoholic cocktails have been around for ages, their current popularity and the growth in new ready-to-drink alcohol free drinks is one of the hottest trends in the beverage industry.
In this article, you’ll learn about mocktails, and we’ll point you to a marketplace where you can shop for them and other non-alcoholic beverages such as NA beers, alchol free wines, zero-proof spirits, and many more “no and low” options.
Crafting a Mocktail
Mocktails are non-alcoholic mixed drinks that look and feel like cocktails. They are not only great for people choosing to be sober but also ideal if you are someone who wants to moderate alcohol consumption. The mocktail trend speaks to people who want to maintain good health without giving up the fun of having a rewarding drink. You will even find some very healthy mocktail options packed with nutrients, adaptogens and antioxidants.
If you have not encountered the mocktail trend, you can shop for the best na-spirits, mixers, functional drinks, and ready-to-drink (RTD) mocktails at Proof No Moore.
Some more background on mocktails
The word “mocktail” comes from the sum of the terms mock (to imitate) and cocktail, which comes to mean “imitation cocktail,” and visually and aesthetically, they are just as attractive as traditional cocktails. It is about making a drink that is just as delicious and fun but without alcohol. This trend is becoming more and more mainstream due to different factors such as:
- The interest in leading a healthier and alcohol-free lifestyle;
- For people with medical conditions;
- For pregnant women or mothers who are breastfeeding;
- To be sober when socializing and having to drive a car;
- They can be enjoyed at any time of the day and on any occasion.
It was in North America that the first mocktails —called as such— began to be made at the beginning of the 20th century and are now part of the cocktail menus of most bars and restaurants.
The growing trend has even brought forward bars that serve only zero-proof drinks, such as the Hekate Café & Elixir Lounge in New York’s East Village, where you’ll never be in doubt that your next drink is really alcohol-free.
Mocktails are equally complex non-alcoholic concoctions that are made using zero-proof spirits such as the original and versatile alcohol-free spirit FERAGAIA from Scotland. They may further include non-alcoholic bitters, tonic waters (such as Franklin & Son’s range of mixers), and of course fruits, creams, syrups, herbs, and spices.
How to prepare a mocktail and the different combinations
The preparations of mocktails can be simple or complex, whatever you prefer. The combinations you can make are infinite. Here are some of the most popular mocktails:
Add 50ml Feragaia, 15ml fresh pink grapefruit juice, and a pinch of salt to a highball glass. Stir until dissolved, add ice, top with tonic, and garnish with pink grapefruit.
Smokey No-Old Fashioned
Add 50ml Feragaia, 15ml lapsang souchong tea, 10ml ginger syrup, and 5ml fresh lime juice to a rocks glass. Add ice block, stir for dilution and garnish with an orange twist.
First Light & Tonic
Fill a highball glass with ice, and add one large measure of New London Light’ First Light’. Add 150ml of premium light tonic water; garnish with a slice of fresh orange and a sage leaf. Gently stir and serve.
45 ml FLUÈRE Smoked Agave, 50 ml Fresh grapefruit juice, 15 ml Fresh lime juice, 50 ml Soda water, 15 ml Agave Syrup, and a Pinch of Salt.
Shake all the ingredients, except soda water, over ice. Double strain into a highball glass and fill the glass with ice. Top with soda water and garnish with a grapefruit wedge. Torch the wedge for smoky citrus aromas.
Ingredients: 2 ounces of Seir Hill Mashville, a dash of soda water (to give that fizz), a fresh lemon wedge to garnish, and Ice cubes.
Put one ice cube into your highball glass. Squeeze in a bit of that fresh lemon and rub it on the edge of the glass. Pour the Seir Hill Mashville into your highball glass. Add an ice cube or two to further chill it down; next, finish it off with a dash of soda water.
Everything seems to indicate that the mocktail trend is here to stay. The abundant media coverage suggests that the consumption of “better for you” food and drinks is increasing, and non-alcoholic cocktails marry perfectly with the new times of healthier living.
Mocktails and other non-alcoholic beers keep increasing in popularity and will become a long-term trend. Making fun mocktails at home with the right recipe is also possible. And now, you can shop for these mocktails and other non-alcoholic wines and zero proof spirits at your number-one store for zero-proof beverages, Proof No More.