Mocktail recipes are basically like your favorite cocktail recipes, they just take the alcohol out of the equation. There are lots of reasons to make mocktails – for friends who don't drink, for parties where drinking isn't really practical, or even for parties that include underage guests. After all, the best thing about most cocktails is the taste, sans alcohol, so why not enjoy the flavor without the drinking? Of course, conversely, if you really like a particular mocktail recipe, you can just add your favorite alcohol to it and turn it into a cocktail, just like that! However, after trying some of these recipes for mocktails, you may not want to!
1. Virgin Grapefruit Mojito
The Mojito is probably one of the most popular cocktails right now, so it stands to reason that there are lots of mocktail recipes incorporating it. This one makes use of grapefruit, honey, soda or flavored water, and of course, plenty of mint! It will cool you down on any hot summer night, so it's ideal for cocktail – or mocktail! – parties.
1/4 ruby or pink grapefruit, cut into small chunks and seeds removed
2 tbs. agave syrup or honey
12 fresh mint leaves, roughly torn
1/2 cup pink grapefruit soda or flavored mineral water, plus more as needed
mint sprigs, for garnish
Put the grapefruit pieces, agave and mint in a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, smash the fruit until the juice is released. Add one cup small ice cubes to the shaker with the half cup soda; attach the lid and shake furiously until combined. Divide between two rocks glasses, add more ice if desired, and top off with additional soda. Stir, garnish with mint sprigs and serve.