With all the crazy stuff happening in the craft cocktail scene, it can be easy for an alcohol abstainer to feel left out. It's not necessarily the alcohol you may be missing, but having a beautiful glass of tasty liquid made just for you. To combat ethanol-fuelled FOMO, Natasha David of Nitecap has a few choice mocktails that even a booze hound would enjoy.
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According to Vogue, David makes sure teetotalers feel just as well tended to as drinkers by using interesting, fresh ingredients and infusions:
Mocktail making comes naturally to David; she's long made it a point to offer more than bare-bones seltzer or lemonade to mothers-to-be, so they "feel like they're part of the party," she explains. It helps that Nitecap has a well-stocked arsenal of alcohol-free ingredients. "We're always using fresh, seasonal things to make syrups or infusions," she says.
Click the link below for David's recipes — including the Spring Fling, which combines 85.05g of chilled hibiscus tea with muddled strawberry, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and soda water — but just a few little extras can make a non-alcoholic beverage feel as special as a booze-y one. Some ideas:
- Add fresh mint, lavender, or rosemary sprigs to lemonade or tea (or Arnold Palmers).
- Slice up or muddle fresh fruit like cucumbers or strawberries and mix with fruit juice and seltzer.
- Add super tasty lime leaves to everything!
- Make your own flavored simple syrup (I'm thinking ginger) and stir into seltzer for fancy homemade sodas.
- Don't forget garnishes. A fancy Luxardo cherry or even just a strip of citrus zest can elevate a mocktail from "meh" to "amazing."
Once you've crafted your super fancy, tasty mocktail, make sure to serve it in a super fancy glass. Everyone loves drinking from a super fancy glass.