How to mix the perfect mocktail

Easy and delicious non-alcoholic cocktail recipe

More and more of us are opting for non-alcoholic drinks on a night out. And our new ‘drink-less’ attitude is leading to a change in, not only our diet, but our lifestyle habits, too. We’re ditching cocktails and clubs for non-alcoholic cocktails, super smoothies and yoga classes.

Easy mocktail recipe

This huge alcohol-free boom means no longer do you have to make do with a flat soda and radioactive-green lime cordial when staying sans booze. Try whipping up this super easy, yet delicious, tropical mocktail with a spicy kick; it’s the perfect non-alcoholic summer drink.  1. Pour 150ml of pineapple juice into a cocktail shaker; squeeze in ½ lime.  2. Add 1 chopped cayenne pepper, a handful of ice cubes and a handful of mint leaves.  3. Shake to mix well. Through a mini strainer, pour the mixture into a lowball glass filled with ice.  4. Using a teaspoon, spread a line of honey on the rim of the glass (or half the rim, if you prefer). 5. Cut a 2cm line lengthways through another cayenne pepper and add to the rim of the glass to garnish, along with a slice of lime. Serves one. 

Must-have mocktail making kit

To treat your gang to a tasty non-alcoholic cocktail you can make at home, you’ll need to stock up on the following: Cocktail shaker set Go for a novelty shaker or invest in a solid hard-wearing one. It all depends on how seriously you take your shaking! And don’t forget a mini strainer. Make like the professionals and use this to avoid any lumps and pips in your drinks.

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Our pick: LINEA cocktail collection 3-piece bar tool set, £25, House of Fraser Cocktail bar tool set For the complete mixologist look, kit yourself out with a specialized bar tool set – complete with everything from a stainless-steel strainer to ice tongs.

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Out pick: Linea Cocktail Collection 5 piece bar tool gift set, £35, House of Fraser Juicer or blender Haven’t got the time to juice from scratch? Update your kitchen gadgets for super-quick mocktail making.

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Our pick: Russell Hobbs Your Creations 2-in-1 jug blender 18995, £55, Debenhams Glassware Be prepped for both long and short mocktails, with a range of hi-ball, lo-ball and fancy cocktail glasses.

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Our pick: Set of four cocktail glasses, £19.50, M&S Serveware Serve up your mocktails in style on a mirrored tray.

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Our pick: Deco round mirror tray, £39.50, M&S