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Grab 4 delicious mocktails!

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

I'm trying to cut down on my drinking as I know that as I get older, I struggle to tolerate it and its after-effects as well as I used to. Being the sober one on festive occasions can be dull, who wants to drink yet another lemonade or fruit juice? I thought I'd share with you 4 delicious mocktails that get the vote in my house, including from the cocktail-drinking teens who would probably normally choose a vodka-infused version!

Apple mojito – serves 1

mojito in glass jar with mint and lime

This refreshing mocktail is great all year round. It uses a non-alcoholic spirit called Amplify, but feel free to use any other.

You will need:

Ice cubes

1 measure Amplify Zing and Zest (non-alcoholic spirit)

A squeeze of lime juice

Handful of mint, torn into pieces

Slice of lime cut in two

Sparkling apple juice

Lime and mint to decorate


Half fill glass of choice with ice cubes

Pour over 1 measure of Amplify

Add a squeeze of lime juice

Add the mint and lime pieces

Top up with sparkling apple then mix with a bar spoon.

Decorate with a mint sprig and a slice of lime.

Chocolate Espresso Martini - serves 2

2 chocolate espresso martinis in coupe glasses

This is dessert in a glass! An indulgent mix of espresso, chocolate and vegan cream. I use decaffeinated coffee if I'm having this later in the day.

You will need:

Ice cubes

75ml espresso (I used decaffeinated)

50 ml chocolate syrup (made from 1 ½ tsp Rowes ChocoBee Honey dissolved in 50ml hot water)

100ml soya cream

Grated chocolate to decorate


Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

Add the espresso, chocolate syrup and soya cream.

Shake for 20-30 seconds until well combined.

Strain into martini glasses, leaving the ice in the shaker.

Decorate with grated chocolate

Hot Apple Cake - serves 2

Hot apple cake mocktail being poured from glass teapot into teacup

This warming mocktail reminds me of spiced apple cake eaten warm, hence the name. It is an indulgent treat due to the amount of butter and sugar. I like to serve it poured from a teapot into a fancy cup, it works equally well in a double-walled glass.

You will need:

400ml cloudy apple juice

1tsp lemon juice

50g salted vegan butter

50g brown sugar

½ tsp mixed spice


Pour the apple juice into a small saucepan and add the lemon juice.

Heat gently until steaming.

Add the butter, sugar and mixed spice, stir well to combine.

Serve hot in small glass mugs or from a teapot.

Peach (almost) Bellini - serves 1

peach bellini mocktail in champagne flute

My sister lives in a town near to Venice, which is of course the home to Harry's Bar, renowned for the Peach Bellini. I have been lucky enough to sample a perfect peach Bellini on more than one occasion. Traditionally the peach puree would be made from scratch using white peaches. However, I like to make things easy, so for my non-alcoholic version, I am using tinned peaches in juice (don't tell anyone!).

You will need:

1 can of peaches in juice

Sparkling cloudy apple juice


Pour the tinned peaches and their juice into a blender and blend until it becomes a smooth puree, alternatively pour into a jug and use a stick blender. This makes enough puree for many servings; it can be kept for a day or two in the fridge.

Pour the peach puree into a flute glass so that it is 1/3 full. Top up with the sparkling cloudy apple juice. Stir to combine.

This looks really pretty decorated with a little edible glitter if you have any.

I hope you enjoy trying out my mocktail recipes, all are quick and easy to do. I tend to make simple mocktails like the ones above as I am a bit lazy when it comes to drinks. However, when I want to push the boat out by making something a bit fancier, my go-to book is 'Alcohol Not Included' by Jassy Davis. She has some great recipes that are definitely worth a look!

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