Love cocktails but don’t feel like having a drink? You’re in good company! The growing popularity of the “mocktail” presents a great opportunity for you to head to your bar cart, grab your shaker, and mix up a tasty treat….without the nasty side effects of alcohol.
These are three of Stonehenge NYC’s favorite ‘mocktails’ to try next time you’re craving a drink. Whether you’re pregnant, driving, or just trying to stay healthy, these are fun to make and easy to enjoy.
The cucumber is one of those veggies that is best enjoyed when altered in some way, at least if you ask the pickle-fans out there. This drink just might be the best way to use those cucumbers you’ve got on the shelf. You’ll find the cucumber sour to be a refreshing cocktail perfect for the end of summer. The ingredients of this recipe are super simple and easy to find at most any NYC store. The most obscure ingredient is a fresh sprig of Oregano which is a bit harder to find than the typical dried stuff.
Start by dropping 4 slices of cucumber into your cocktail shaker and muddling well. Next, take your fresh sprig of oregano and hold it in the palm of your hand. Clap hard, once, to release the flavor and then toss it in. Finally, add a pinch of salt and 1.5 ounces of fresh lime juice. Finally, add a squirt of agave nectar. This will add sweetness to the drink. You can play around with the sweetness level you like but we recommend about ¾ of an ounce of nectar.
Finally, add ice cubes and shake well. Strain your cucumber sour into an old fashioned glass over some fresh ice. Garnish with another sprig of oregano and a wedge of lemon and enjoy!
The Moscow Mule is an all-time favorite recipe here at Stonehenge NYC. Although typically considered a holiday drink, there’s just something so refreshing about this drink that makes us want to enjoy it all year round. Besides, fall is just around the corner, so we can get away with busting this one out a bit early.
A traditional Mule is served in a copper mug, which makes this cocktail instantly recognizable to any cocktail aficionado. You simply add ½ cup of Ginger Beer and 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice to your copper mug. Normally, you’d finish this recipe with a shot of vodka, but really good vodka is so smooth that you’ll barely notice it in this drink anyway.
That’s why it’s so easy to finish this recipe with a shot of your favorite sparkling water instead. Stir it all up with some crushed ice and a wedge of lime or mint leaves (or both) for garnish. You won’t be able to taste the difference!
The Cinderella is the perfect cocktail for those who love a sweet drink. This one will be served in a martini glass rimmed with sugar. Getting the sugar to stick to the edge of the glass is simple. Just rub a bit of lemon or lime juice around the edge of your martini glass and sprinkle some sugar on a plate. Turn the glass upside down on the plate and make a few circles. The sugar will bind to the rim of your glass.
Next, fill your cocktail shaker with ice and pour in 25 milliliters of both orange juice and pineapple juice. Finally, add another 25 milliliters of grenadine. Fear not, grenadine is actually totally non-alcoholic, despite being a very common ingredient in cocktails. There’s no alcohol to speak of in standard grenadine.
Shake until ice cold and pour into your glass. You’ll notice that this doesn’t entirely fill your cocktail glass. Fill the rest of the way with sparkling water and stir gently. This will give your Cinderella a slight bite. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and enjoy this effervescent summer treat!