7 Classic Cocktails Recreated Alcohol-Free
In the essence of showcasing some of our best-selling non-alcoholic alternatives going to shake things up with our top 7 classic cocktails recreated with no alcohol at all!
From a classic Martini to Gin & Tonic, cocktails have been a staple in bars, clubs and restaurants for centuries.
The origin of the cocktail is widely disputed with some references claiming the term was first coined in the 1700’s. Other sources say the 1800s is where the initial cocktail was crafted as a mixed brandy drink in an apothecary in New Orleans.
Regardless, cocktails are delicious, celebratory concoctions that come in almost too many flavours, shapes and sizes. In the essence of showcasing some of our best-selling non-alcoholic alternatives to spirits we’re going to shake things up with our top 7 classic cocktails recreated with no alcohol at all!
What is a non-alcoholic cocktail?
A non-alcoholic cocktail, also known as a mocktail, is a combination of mixers and non-alcoholic drinks including spirits, beer or wine. This is just the base though. Non-alcoholic cocktails can be so much more than that. Depending on the type of cocktail, the extravagance of the recipe and the taste you’re going for, additional ingredients tonics and mixers, fruit and other fancy garnishes.
Mocktails generally rely on spirits like vodka, gin, rum, bourbon and flavoured liqueurs to provide a tasty base. Certain recipes like Micheladas or Sangrias ask for beer and wine as the star beverage though. They may be a little out of the cocktail norm, but they are super tasty, nonetheless.
Some of the more experimental cocktails and mocktails take on the flavours and characteristics of milkshakes, smoothies and ice creams. They usually feature non-alc drinks like Amaretto, rum and flavoured vodkas and liqueurs.
Traditional cocktails and mocktails focus more on the flavour of the base drink being used. The additional ingredients are added to highlight and accentuate the flavour of the base, rather than take the spotlight. A classic Martini, Gin & Tonic or Whiskey Sour are great examples of cocktails where the flavour of the vodka, gin or whiskey go hand in hand with the additional mixers without diluting the base flavour to the point of no return.
Where does the name mocktail come from?
The name “mocktail” is more of a play on words than anything else. If you think about it, the removal of alcohol from the picture means a mocktail is just a “mock cocktail”. Hence the name “mocktail”. Simples!
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary notes that the first known use of the word mocktail was in 1916. I can’t find any sources to support this, but I’m pretty happy to put my faith in Merriam-Webster. If you can find any other facts about the history of the mocktail, let me know in the comments.
A quick history lesson in cocktails
The history surrounding cocktails and mocktails is highly disputed. It appears everyone wants a slice of the mixed drink pie. What I have found, however, are the following points:
Some believe the cocktail was first invented by “Professor” Jerry Thomas a flamboyant and innovative American bartender who also ended up publishing the very first bartenders’ manual in 1862.
An account of cocktails being crafted even earlier than 1862 is the story of James Ashley, the owner of a famous “punch house” in London from 1731 to 1776.
Possibly the most famous cocktail origin story though is that of apothecary owner Antoine Peychaud in New Orleans. He used a combination of Sazerac French Brandy and other mixers to create what most people believe to be the first cocktail, the Sazerac.
The first cocktail party was allegedly thrown by Mrs Julius S Walsh Jr. Although she does have her own Wikipedia page, her first name is nowhere to be found as it was customary at those times for wives to be addressed by their husband’s names (yep, that’s 1917 for you). The party consisted of around 50 guests who gathered at her home on a Sunday to get a little tipsy before lunch was served. Thank you, Mrs Julius S Walsh Jr. You’ve done us all a great service. I don’t think anyone can resist the allure of a cocktail party with friends.
The prominence of cocktails waned a little from the 1960s to the 1970s but picked right back up again in the 1980s with the introduction of vodka as a popular cocktail base. From then until now, the cocktail and mocktail game has 100% kicked off. Nowadays, it’s difficult to find a bar or restaurant that doesn’t have at least one or two cocktails on the drinks list. And thank gosh for that!
7 favourite cocktails, re-created sans alcohol
You can make pretty much any cocktail into a mocktail, with a non-alcoholic base spirit, wine or beer and a mixer of your choice. It’s that simple. Any additional garnishes are a bonus. You might want to pick up some pineapple chunks for a Pina Colada, olives for a classic Martini or a few mint leaves for a Mojito.
You'll need a blender of some sort and a cocktail shaker is usually a must, although some cocktail and mocktails are easily mixed with just a long-handled spoon in a glass or jug. Another thing you’ll need: ice, and lots of it. For cocktails that call for ice, you’ll want to pack that baby full of it to ensure a super chilled and refreshing finish. Here are our top 7 non-alcoholic classic cocktails
1. The Espresso Martini
Espresso Martini's are all the rage right now. Bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants throughout Australia have their own version of this classic cocktail on their menus since this drink spiked in popularity in 2016. One thing’s for sure: people love coffee!
We love this energised non-alcoholic Espresso Martini recipe from Lyre's, using Lyre’s Coffee Originale and White Cane Spirit in the place of traditional vodka
Better known as a Cosmo, this perky cocktail was made famous by the Sex & The City girls! Traditionally it combines vodka, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice to create a tingly, tangy surprise. In this non-alcoholic version from Seedlip, they swap out the vodka for the Seedlip Grove 42. Get yourself an orange disc or lime leaf to garnish and you’re ready to sip in style.
3. Classic Gin & Tonic
Now, a successful G&T should be made with care and precision. You can’t just throw in a bunch of gin and some tonic and expect to create a masterpiece. You need to choose the right non-alcoholic alt-gin to mix perfectly with a natural, pure tonic. I’d recommend pouring a splash of our Lyres Dry London over ice and topping with a premium tonic from Strangelove like their Tonic No. 8 and garnish with a sliver of orange.
But if you want the perfect pre-mixed non-alcoholic G&T we have that too thanks to Monday Distillery who have perfected the taste better than anyone so far!
Tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice generally make up this refreshingly chilled, sometimes frozen cocktail. This Seedlip non-alcoholic Margarita recipe substitutes tequila for the Seedlip Grove 42 alt-spirit. Grove 42 combines elements of sour, bitter and tangy citrus that make up one hell of a non-alcoholic Margarita.
If you’re a mint and lime lover from way back, you’ll likely have downed your share of Mojitos over the years. The five main ingredients of a Mojito are white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint but we’ve taken out the white rum and substituted for Lyre’s White Cane Spirit, a deliciously smooth non-alcoholic rum alternative. This Lyre’s Mojito recipe gets a big ooft rating from me.
6. Pina Colada
Do you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain? Hell yeah, you do! Take a trip to Puerto Rico with this coconutty, fruity, devilishly delicious drink! We’ve taken away the rum and the milky aspects you’ll traditionally find in a Pina Colada and replaced them with Lyre’s White Cane Spirit to make a refreshing, clean, non-alcoholic version of this classic cocktail. Blast the Pina Colada song as you mix up your very own non-alc Pina Colada