Whether you’re abstaining for health reasons or just because you want to, it can be hard to sip on sparkling water when everyone around you is enjoying an adult beverage. However, there is no reason you can’t spice up your sober life with some amazing mocktail options.
Doug Metchick, acting CMO of Regatta Craft Mixers, says that while sparkling water and club soda are great starts to building a mocktail, he encourages the use of ginger-based bases for more depth of flavor right off the bat.
“Ginger-based alternatives — like ginger ale and ginger beer — offer more depth of flavor and complexity for more unique and better tasting drinks,” he says.
The next step to creating a mocktail that will knock all its alcoholic counterparts out of the water is determining the style of mocktail you want to create — carbonated and refreshing, savory and full bodied or smooth and fruity. From there, create flavor pairings that work well together and add your mixer base.
“Like it’s full alcohol counterpart, an enjoyable non-alcoholic beverage must maintain a balance between sugar and acid, depth and complexity. Once you have established your flavor profile, it’s time to add the mixer. Whether tonic, soda, seltzer, ginger beer, juice or other, the mixer should complement, not overwhelm the flavors in the drink,” Metchick says.
Getting creative and fun with herbs, fruits and other ingredients is the last step to making a mocktail you will want to drink again and again. Use fresh herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables and even botanicals to create fuller, more unique flavors.
“A great tip when building a mocktail is to muddle two or more ingredients together — like cucumber and jalapeño, or watermelon and mint — to marry the flavors creating a more interesting drink,” adds Metchick.