It’s Dry July, the perfect time to test out some new mocktail recipes. Whether it’s an alcohol-free take on a classic, or something new entirely, sometimes a mocktail can be even better than its alcoholic counterpart.
Strawberry basil sodas
Recipe courtesy of Queensland Strawberries.
Prep: 15 mins, plus refrigerating time
- 2 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered
- 1/3 cup organic cane sugar
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Handful of fresh basil, roughly chopped or torn
- Sparkling water
- Fresh strawberries, to serve
In a large mixing bowl combine the chopped strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or even better, overnight.
To serve, add a heaping spoonful of the strawberries and syrup to a glass. Add a few torn basil leaves and muddle to combine. Add ice, and a shot of gin or vodka, as desired. Top with 200-250ml of sparkling water and garnish with fresh strawberries. Stir and enjoy!
Pina colada mocktail
Recipe courtesy of Nexba.
Prep: 3 mins
- 2 cups frozen pineapple (simply slice a fresh pineapple and freeze for 1-2 hours)
- 1 Tbsp coconut yoghurt, plus extra to serve
- 1 cup coconut and pineapple tepaché
- 1 small handful ice cubes
- Shredded toasted coconut (optional)
Combine ingredients in a high-power blender. Blend until creamy.
Pour into serving glasses and top up with additional coconut yoghurt. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and/or shredded coconut.
Passionfruit and watermelon margarita
Recipe courtesy of Australian Passionfruit.
- 500g watermelon flesh
- 1/2 cup fresh passionfruit pulp (7-8 fresh passionfruit)
- 1/4 cup (60ml) lime juice
- 1/4 cup (60ml) fresh orange juice
- 1 cup (250ml) sparkling water
- Lime wedges
Blend watermelon flesh until very smooth. Pass juice through a sieve if desired, discarding any solids.
Add watermelon juice, passionfruit pulp, lime juice, orange juice and sparkling water to a jug with a handful of ice. Stir well.
Divide margarita mixture across four glasses, garnish with watermelon and lime to serve.
Check out the original version of this one here.