Virgin Cocktails – For those abstaining from the joy of alcohol: Suffer no more.

So the Catholics have a new boss, a merry leader for their merry men. Well as we all know he’s all about opposing alcohol consumption (In large quantities at least). Well just for him, and in honour of his orders slightly outdated views, I have come up with some fantastic Non-alcoholic cocktails (commonly called ‘virgin cocktails’ or more popularly ‘mocktails’) with the assumption that anyone can then enjoy the process of cocktails and not become inebriated and cast shame upon themselves in the eyes of the roman catholic church…

But first; a bit about non-alcoholic cocktails…

Virgin cocktails (or Mocktails as they are commonly known) are becoming ever popular, especially in an age of the ever growing health conscious types.

Whether it’s because you are the designated driver and don’t want to be left out, or whether you just don’t like alcohol (What?) there is a ‘virgin’ cocktail for you.

From virgin versions of classics such as the Virgin Mary (a non-alcoholic take on the Bloody Mary), Virgin Daiquiris, Margaritas as well as hundreds of specially created recipes, there is bound to be something to your tastes.And to be completely honest, some of the non-alcoholic cocktails I’ve seen in my time are equally, if not more, impressive looking than a lot of their alcoholic relatives.

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A collection of ‘mocktails’ showing off their flair and exuberance, proving that they can look every bit as stunning as their alcoholic cousins…

Now just for clarity’s sake, virgin cocktails are not just fruit juice and lemonade, nor are they strictly non-alcoholic versions of actual cocktails, they are a mixture of specially created recipes that look and taste like cocktails would, but contain 0% alcohol. (Some example recipes can be found at the bottom of this post).

Now let us look at a few facts:

Our world is an aesthetic one, where women think a size zero is pretty (it’s really not) and cake tins double up as a facial mask applier (Hint: They don’t. Less is more trust me). So it makes sense that health conscious individuals would start up about alcohol consumption (it’s no secret too much is bad for you). With this in mind and especially when the Pope-Elect Francis I is now the actual Pope, I thought I would give you all a heads up on some of the best Virgin cocktails or Mocktails out there.

Recipes, Recipes for all!

Safe Sex on the Beach

3 measures Cranberry Juice

3 measures Grapefruit Juice

2 measures Peach Nectar

Build this drink over ice in a tall Collins glass, garnish with 1 maraschino cherry (Peach puree will do if you cannot get the nectar).

Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri

1 measure fresh lime juice

3 measures of sliced strawberries in syrup (or juice)

1-3 teaspoons of sugar (to taste)

Blend the ingredients over iced and serve in a chilled glass, garnish with some whipped cream.

Virgin Mary

75ml Tomato Juice

12.5ml lemon juice

1 dash Worcestershire sauce

Celery salt

Ground pepper,

Tobacco sauce

Celery stalk (optional)

Pickled gherkin (optional)

This cocktail is a classic but without the alcohol. You build it in a glass over ice as normal, and add the seasonings to taste. Garnishing with a celery stick and gherkin, this virgin recipe looks just like its alcoholic counterpart.

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Using the power of colour, mocktails can sometimes shock and awe. Losing absolutely no flavour to their design means they taste as good as they look…

Virgin Margarita

1 measures orange juice

1 measure lime juice

3 measures Sour Mix (lemon juice, caster sugar & water boiled down to syrupy texture)

Shirley Temple

1 measure Grenadine

Top up Ginger Ale

Build over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a wedge of lemon.

Virgin Caipirinha

1 lime, diced

1 lemon, diced

1 orange, diced

2 teaspoons caster sugar

Top up ginger ale.

Very gently muddle the diced fruit with the caster sugar. Top up with ginger ale and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Cranberry Quencher

1 part cranberry juice

1 part orange juice

2 parts lemonade

Build in a Collins glass, over ice and top up with the lemonade.

And now, one for all of you thrill seekers out there… there may be no alcohol involved, but after you knock it back, you may be glad of that fact…

Prairie Oyster

1 tablespoon tomato juice

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Pepper

Vinegar

1 egg yolk (only use eggs marked with lions)

In a small glass add the tomato juice and Worcestershire sauce. Add a grind of pepper and a couple dashes of vinegar. Float the egg yolk on top and try not to think too much when you drink it…

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Using no food colourings whatsoever, you can tweak traditional lemonade recipes and add in different fruits, sugars and other flavours. Why not try some herbs and spices? Experiment and come up with a new soda…

Hopefully this goes some way to helping out you non-drinkers. Whether you hold a party and want to join in, or just want an alcohol clean event that has something a little different. Either way the fact remains: cocktails = fun; alcoholic or not.

Next time on The Fervent Shaker:

What makes a great sangria? Traditional recipes? The best fruits? Or skilled techniques when making them? – All i know is that the next blog will give you a little information about both traditional and contemporary sangria recipes, including a couple of my very own white win sangria recipes. Look out, its touching down this Easter…

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