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What About a Mocktail?

The New Year is almost here and while some might like to enjoy a last cocktail or drink before the New Year, some of us might be ready to start our New Year’s resolutions early! So, it you are ready to get rid of the alcohol and go for something lighter, a mocktail might be your best option!

The history of the mocktail follows the history of the cocktail pretty closely. Since “mock” means imitation, mocktails are pretty much the same ingredients as a cocktail but with no alcohol. Some people want the delicious flavors of the drink without the effects of the alcohol! Sometimes these drinks are called “virgin” versions of their alcoholic counterparts.

Non-alcoholic mixed drinks have been around for a long time. Some people can’t drink alcohol because of religious, health or other reasons. Mocktails found their way into American culture during the Prohibition era. Because alcohol was largely banned, making mixed drinks without alcohol became standard. Using syrups, juices, sodas and other ingredients, mocktails began to take on a definition of their own. Crafting a perfect mocktail became an art.

Here are some of the most famous mocktails out there. That way if you are wanting something a bit lighter to sip, you can give one of these a try!

  • Citrus Fizz
  • Baby Bellini
  • Roy Rogers
  • Planter’s Punch
  • Arnold Palmer
  • Sangria
  • Egg Cream
  • Shirley Temple
  • Sweet Sunrise
  • Flavored Lemonade

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