I have been a host to many parties and I have served many cocktails at these soirees. But, I will be the first to tell you that one doesn’t have to drink alcohol to have the time of their lives at the festivities. There are many “mock-tails” out there that can have you blend in with the crowd, without having to worry about having even one drop of alcohol.
I must admit, there are some parties I wish that I had went that route. I am very happy to say that when I was keeping up with the big boys, doing the shots and getting crazy, there weren’t many smart phones with cameras and no social media, or I would probably be living under a rock somewhere, so no one could point at me and say, “There’s that guy who…”. In fact, there are many times nowadays where I go the route of sobriety when being part of the crowd. Why, you ask? Because there is nothing wrong with waking up in the morning, not only with a great state of mind and body, but also remembering and relishing every moment of every conversation; knowing that I kept me from chewing on the sole of my shoe, regretting something I said. Plus, I won’t be turning on my Facebook page to see me doing something I will regret explaining later; that is if I can remember what I was doing in the first place.
I wanted to share a couple Non-Alcoholic drinks with you that are very tasty and ones where, if you feel it’s important, you will look like you are having a couple of cocktails while enjoying time with friends and acquaintances. The mock-tail movement is in folks. Why not take the time to enjoy you and be high on life for the evening. These following easy recipes will have you doing just that.
I will post some more mock-tail ideas soon. Until then, get High on Life with Non-Alcoholic
Virgin Presbyterian (Virgin Press)
Juice of ½ Lemon
Lemon Twist for Garnish
Method: In a highball glass, squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. Add ice. Add equal parts of ginger ale and soda. Take a rind of a lemon and twist it over the drink. Rub it gently on the rim of the glass before dropping it into the drink.
A Clear Caribbean Sunset
2 oz. Orange Juice
½ oz. Grenadine
Lime Wedge for Garnish
Method: In a hurricane glass filled with ice, pour in the orange juice and grenadine to measure. Add equal parts of ginger ale and soda to top off. Add a wedge of lime to the rim of the glass.
1 oz. Orange Juice
2 oz. Pinapple Juice
2 oz. Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut
2 oz. Lemon – Lime Soda
Pineapple Wedge and Maraschino Cherry flag for garnish.
Method: Combine all ingredients into a blender. Begin blender on slow to break up the ice and blend the ingredients smoothly. Take a cocktail garnish sword and create a cherry/pineapple flag. Lay it on top of the cocktail for garnish.
Shaun Daugherty, aka Shaun the Bartender, is a twenty-five year plus veteran of the bar industry. He has a book on bar etiquette entitled, “Extra Dry, with a Twist: An Insider’s Guide to Bartending”, and has a website, www.ShaunTheBartender.com, where he introduces a `Drink of the Day`, every day, with videos showing you step-by-step how to prepare them.
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