List of non-alcoholic mixed drinks

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A Shirley Temple "mocktail" is traditionally made from grenadine and ginger ale. Modern versions like this one may use orange juice or 7-up, and be served with lime.

A non-alcoholic mixed drink (also known as virgin cocktail,[1][2] boneless cocktail,[3] temperance drink,[4][5] or mocktail)[2][4] is a cocktail-style beverage made without alcoholic ingredients.

Also called "zero proof" drinks, the non-alcoholic drink dates back to the earliest days of the cocktail age, appearing as 'Temperance drinks' in the first American cocktail books, including Jerry Thomas's Bar-Tenders Guide (1862). Merriam-Webster cites the first mention of 'mocktail' as appearing in 1916.

While the name of the non-alcoholic drink, as well as its style, has evolved over time, it is often a reflection of cocktail culture at large. The 1980s saw the resurgence of a 'mocktail' movement with often sugary drinks. Following the sophistication of cocktail culture of the 2000s, the zero proof drink also became more refined.[6]

Mocktails, an portmanteau for "mock cocktails", are festive, non-alcoholic party drinks. The word "mock" implies a facade of the alcoholic cocktail without any of the alcoholic content. In the 2000s, it has become so popular that it even finds its place on the cocktail menu in many restaurants and bars, especially temperance bars.[7] According to Mintel, alcohol-free mixed drinks grew 35% as a beverage type on the menus of bars and restaurants from 2016 to 2019 in the US.[8] In 2019, "The Providence Journal" reported that there were at least 4 bars in New York City that served mocktails only.[9]

Zero proof drinks can be made in the style of classic cocktails, like a non-alcoholic gimlet, or can represent a new style of drink altogether. There are innumerable lists across the Internet that detail unique mocktail recipes that get even more creative than those listed below. The popularity of drinking abstinence programs like Dry January, coinciding with the rise of the health and wellness culture has pushed non-alcoholic drinks to wider acceptance. Like the vegetarian food movement or the popularity of oat milk, zero proof drinks are now seen as valid choices for all types of drinkers.[10]

List of non-alcoholic cocktails[edit]

A Roy Rogers, made with cola and grenadine syrup, garnished with a maraschino cherry

Others[edit]

  • Basil Lemonade – from Oscar's Steakhouse at Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, contains basil simple syrup and sweet and sour.[15]
  • Faux margarita – a mix of spicy jalapeño and pineapple.[16]
  • Keep Sober – from The Underground Speakeasy at Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, contains grenadine, lemon, and elderflower tonic.[15]
  • Molossolini – Molossian signature soft drink, mixed drink with Sprite, grenadine, and pineapple juice. With cherries added and slices of banana, orange, and pineapple.[17]
  • Rosemary grapefruit fizz – from The Underground Speakeasy at Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, contains grapefruit, rosemary, and tonic.[15]
  • Strawberry Refresher – from Oscar's Steakhouse at Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, contains strawberry puree, lime juice, and Sprite.[15]

List of traditional non-alcoholic drinks[edit]

List of branded non-alcoholic drinks[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Virgin". Thrillist. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b Allen, Peter (22 February 2019). "The Best LA Water Drink Mix You'll Ever Taste". onthegas.org. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Boneless cocktail: antonyms". classicthesaurus.com. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b Felten, Eric (4 April 2009). "Why Do Mocktails Fall Flat?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Temperance". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Wall Street firms swap alcohol for mocktails this holiday season". Aljazeera.com. Reuters. 28 January 2020. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  7. ^ Coughlin, Daniel (22 September 2014). "Booze-free bars: join the mocktail revolution". MSN. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  8. ^ Italie, Leanne (11 September 2019). "Hold the booze: Mocktails taking hold among the young and sober". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  9. ^ Ciampa, Gail (15 October 2019). "Newfangled mocktails are so good, you might not miss the alcohol". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  10. ^ Davis, Susan; Evstatieva, Monika (26 May 2019). "A Mixologist's Guide To 'No-Proof' Cocktails". NPR. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  11. ^ Maynard, Micheline (16 December 2018). "Beyond The Arnold Palmer: Intriguing Non-Alcoholic Drinks Are A Bar Trend For 2019". Forbes. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Like a virgin: mocktails and other soft options for new year". barmagazine.co.uk. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  13. ^ a b Conrad, Marissa (15 January 2020). "Nonalcoholic Cocktails' Most Unexpected Fans: Kids". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  14. ^ Rice, Elle May (3 January 2019). "18 of Liverpool's best mocktails for Dry January 2019". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  15. ^ a b c d Stapleton, Susan (October 23, 2019). "Skip the Alcohol With These Boozeless Cocktails". Eater Vegas. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
  16. ^ "Enough With the Seltzer: The Booze-Free Cocktail Has Arrived". The New York Times. October 14, 2021. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
  17. ^ Baugh, Kevin. "Molossia's Tiki Hut Bar & Grill". Republic Of Molossia. Retrieved January 11, 2022.