Refreshing summer mocktails made easy
We asked Andrew Seaward from Cocktail Shaker Boys for some tasty non-alcoholic cocktails. These creations may be without the booze but they don’t let down on the flavour and are a great addition to your summer BBQ. Take it away Andrew.
Virgin Apple Mojito
This mocktail is based on the classic Mojito. A mojito works well because it is a stunning combination of full-on natural flavours. The added sparkle from the soda water and a little sweetness gives it an added hit. I would always recommend pressed apple juice as it looks and tastes better in this mocktail.
This one has to be made in a highball glass as it just wouldn’t look right in any other type of glass.
They can be slightly fiddly to make first time around, but it’s well worth the effort in the end. One of the keys to making a great Mojito, is to make sure you’re only adding a little soda water.
Slap some mint leaves against the back of your hand first to release some of the oils. Add ¼ lime into the glass and drop in the leaves. Add couple of teaspoons of sugar and use a muddler to grind the sugar, lime and mint together. Throw in some ice cubes to about 2/3 way up the glass
Pour in 75 ml pressed apple juice and gently stir. Squeeze another ¼ lime into the glass and drop in the lemon before adding 50 ml soda water. Finally add some mint leaves on a stalk to the glass – ensure the leaves are sitting above the drink and you have the perfect mojito mocktail.
Based on the old 80s classic the Blue Lagoon, this mocktail is both tasty and stunning. It’s one of our in-house creations and a popular choice at the cocktail parties we run. Best served in a long glass such as a Sling, to keep the bubbles and to give your creation maximum visual impact.
I recommend a bit of ice in the glass, nice big, chunky ice is good. Pour 50 ml Rubicon lychee juice in first Then top up with lemonade (don’t use too big a glass otherwise the sweetness of the lemonade will overpower everything else). Pour pour 50 ml Monin blue curacao syrup in last. It gradually sinks through the liquid and looks pretty cool too…there’s no harm in showing off a little.
Merry Berry Cherry
This drink is long and fruity but with a slightly unusual flavour. This one is shaken with ice in your cocktail shaker. Start with a couple of good sized ice cubes in your shaker, and then add 75 ml orange juice, 75 ml cranberry juice and 35-50 ml of Monin cherry syrup (to taste)
Shake until your cocktail shaker feels cold to the touch. Pour into a highball glass and garnish with a cherry (optional).
This mocktail was created for a client named Dom. We simply rearranged the letters to reveal the contents of the drink; orange, mango and a dash of lime. I recommend serving this in a tall glass such as a highball and you will need a cocktail shaker for this one. Start with some ice in your shaker, then add 75 ml orange juice, 75 ml Rubicon mango juice, 15 ml Monin coconut syrup and shake vigorously before pouring into your glass. Top up with 50 ml of soda water, squeeze and then drop in ¼ of a fresh lime.