Cocktails and mocktails

A good cocktail can bring the happy out of anyone. We've got some great cocktail and mocktail recipes for you.

The more elaborate the cocktail, the more profound the person!

What with an impending global economic meltdown, local politics in a bit of an upheaval, climate change happening faster and more destructively, oil prices going through the roof and the world running out of rice, it wouldn’t be surprising if your hotel bar suddenly has a lot more patronage. Many of these patrons may be business travellers who want to appear to be “drinking with the boys”, but in actual fact need to close a billion-rand deal at 6.30 the next morning and don’t really want to attempt it with a hangover.

There is a solution to this crisis, and it can come in the form of what trendites the world over are calling Mocktails – non-alcoholic cocktails. So don’t get left behind, don’t miss the style train, and be sure to impress your pregnant, under-age, slimming, fasting and teetotaller patrons. Add some of the following mocktails to your existing cocktail menu and ensure that you serve them in the same flamboyant manner as you do with any alcoholic cocktail.

The recipe ideas below were sourced by doing a Google search on the World Wide Web. Most cocktails can be modified by leaving out the alcohol and replacing it with a similarly coloured beverage, and sparkling juices always put a wild touch to a mocktail. Another good substitute ingredient is cranberry juice as its tart flavour can often mimic the taste of alcohol in a mix.

Beach Blanket Bingo

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz grapefruit juice
  • 3 oz cranberry juice
  • soda water
  • lime wedge for garnish

Preparation:
Pour the juices into a collins glass filled with ice. Top with soda. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Berry Sweetheart

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz red cranberry juice
  • 3 oz apple juice
  • 1 oz honey
  • maraschino cherry for garnish

Preparation:

Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add the juices and honey to a mixing glass. Stir the ingredients with a barspoon. Pour the contents of the mixing glass into the highball glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Cardinal Punch

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 2 oz ginger ale
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • lemon and orange slices for garnish

Preparation:

Pour the juices into a collins glass half-filled with ice cubes. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with orange and lemon slices.

Cinderella

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz ginger ale
  • dash of grenadine
  • pineapple and orange slices for garnish

Preparation:

Pour the juices into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a chilled collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with the slices of pineapple and/or orange.

Mango Julius

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen mango juice
  • 2 oz milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream

Preparation:

Place all ingredients in a blender with 1/2 cup of ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled hurricane glass. If the mix is too thick, add more juice or water. If it’s too thin, add more ice or ice cream.

Shirley Temple

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz lemon-lime soda
  • 3 oz ginger ale
  • 1 dash grenadine
  • maraschino cherry for garnish

Preparation:

Pour the lemon-lime soda and ginger ale into a collins glass with ice cubes. Add a dash of grenadine. Stir. Garnish with the cherry.

Virgin Mary
Ingredients:

  • 3 oz tomato juice
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • celery salt
  • ground pepper
  • hot pepper or Tabasco sauce
  • celery stalk for garnish
  • pickle for garnish (optional)

Preparation:

Pour the liquid ingredients into a highball glass over ice cubes. Mix well. Add the seasonings to taste. Garnish with the celery stalk.

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