• Sophie Schillaci

7 Easy Mocktails to Make and Order (So Bartenders Won't Hate You)

Updated: Dec 9, 2019


On a break from the vino? There's plenty more to enjoy without the booze.

At some point during pregnancy, there's a high likelihood you'll end up in a bar.


Whether it's at someone's wedding, a birthday party, or just a night out with friends, ordering plain water all night can definitely be a drag. And unfortunately, not all bars offer mocktails on the menu.


Also unfortunately, I've found it to be difficult ordering something non-alcoholic on the fly -- and busy bartenders are universally annoyed when you don't know what to ask for. Or, worse, ask them to just whip something up when they're slammed. Don't be that person.


(Unless, of course, it's a slow night, the bartender is friendly and has time to get creative. Then, by all means, let them create something delicious and unique. And tip them well.)


I called on a few of my bartender friends for easy to make and order* mocktail recipes, so you can whip these up at home or easily ask for them at a bar. (You're gonna want to bookmark this link on your phone for easy access!)


*Note: Many of these names are completely made up, so you won't want to order them by name. Order them by ingredients listed.


WHEN IN DOUBT:

Follow this pro-tip from a seasoned bartender

"Adding soda water and mint to any fruit juice combo is delicious. It's not too sweet and still satisfies because of the bubbles.
Most bartenders already have orange juice, cranberry juice and soda water right on the gun, so it doesn't take much added work."

THE MOCKTAILS


MOM-GARITA


Recipe No. 1

Lemon-Lime Soda

Lime Juice

Splash of OJ or Grapefruit Juice

Salt on the Rim

Garnish with Fresh Lime Wedge


Recipe No. 2

Juice One Lemon

1/2 Cup of Water

1/2 Cup of Seltzer

Honey

Garnish with Fresh Mint


FAUX-SECCO


Capri-Sun or Pink Lemonde

Sparkling Water


VIRGIN MOJITO


Fresh Mint, Muddled

Lime Juice with Simple Syrup (or Limeade)

Sparkling Water

Garnish with Fresh Lime Wedge


GINGER BUCK

(Recipe borrowed from Andaz Wailea)


Pineapple Juice

Lime Juice

Ginger


GINGER SODA


Ginger

Lime Juice

Soda Water


VIRGIN MADRAS


Orange Juice

Cranberry Juice

Soda Water

Mint



Personally, I am always craving lemonade during pregnancy -- so give me a lemonade faux-secco all day! What's your favorite mocktail? Hit the comments with any of your own tried and true recipes, too!


XO


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