You’ve probably been to a party where the host was on their A-game, offering a selection of delicious cocktails to guests as they arrived.
It’s an impressive display of hospitality and a great way to get the party started. But what if you don’t drink alcohol?
A good host will always have something delicious for designated drivers and people who simply prefer not to drink. But why not take it a step further? If your party is alcohol free, it may be time to start mixing up some fun, non-alcoholic cocktails for your guests.
There are plenty of flavorful and delicious non alcoholic spirits in Australia that you can whip up for your next party — no booze required. Here are some of our favorites.
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Sparkling Water with Lime
This is one of the simplest drinks on the list but it’s also one of my favorites. Just fill a glass with ice, add sparkling water and squeeze in some lime juice. You can also add extra flavor to this drink by using flavored sparkling water instead of plain seltzer. Some examples include lemon-lime, mixed berry, orange and grapefruit. The added flavor of these drinks enhances the taste without overpowering it and makes an otherwise dull drink really stand out.
Sparkling Cranberry Punch
If you love the tartness of cranberry juice, this punch is the perfect addition to your party menu. It has just enough fizz to replace champagne and cuts the sweetness of the ginger ale with a touch of lime juice and orange extract. You can even add orange slices as a garnish for an added burst of color and flavor.
Watermelon lemonade is a fun spin on classic lemonade, and it’s far more interesting than plain water or soda. This recipe combines pureed watermelon with fresh or bottled lemon juice for a beverage that’s sweet and refreshing without being overwhelmingly sour. To make it more festive, you can add crushed ice and garnish with mint leaves or watermelon balls before serving.
Ginger Champagne Mocktail
Do you want to make a sparkling drink that looks like champagne? You can create this ginger-infused treat using ginger ale and lime juice. You’ll also need strawberries, which will help make this drink look festive and appetizing. To make it even more special, try sugaring the rims of your glasses with both regular sugar and colored sanding sugar in red and blue (or whatever colors match your decor).
The lavender lemonade has a gorgeous color and delicate floral taste that makes it perfect to serve at a spring or summertime party. The recipe calls for lavender syrup, which is easy to make at home. Just combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat and add ½ cup of dried lavender flowers when it comes to a boil. Let it simmer for 10 minutes before you strain the mixture into an airtight container. You can also substitute simple syrup, which is equal parts sugar dissolved into water. However, the lavender will be missing from this version.
This limeade is delicious, refreshing and no one will guess that it’s alcohol-free — the rosemary adds a hint of mystery that makes this drink stand out from other mocktails.
Hibiscus Iced Tea
Hibiscus tea is a great way to make a flavorful drink without using any alcohol at all! You can buy hibiscus tea bags from most grocery stores, or pick up dried hibiscus flowers from your local bulk food store. If you use dried flowers, add about 2 tablespoons per cup of hot water and let steep for several minutes. Then strain out the flowers and refrigerate until cold before serving. Add some ice cubes and enjoy!