Craft Cocktails, Minus The Alcohol: 4 Custom Mocktail Recipes

You don't have to give up the craft cocktail experience just because you're not drinking alcohol.

This summer, try one of these four custom, non-alcoholic cocktail recipes designed exclusively for Shatterproof by Devon Tarby. She's a bar owner and James-Beard-award-winning cocktail book author, whose recipes have been featured in Food & Wine, Refinery29, and more.

Cheers!

#1: The Cucumber Cup 

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  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz cold water
  • ½ lime, cut into six segments
  • 5 pieces sliced cucumber wheels 

In a mixing tin, muddle lime segments and cucumber wheels with simple syrup. Next, add lime juice, cold water, and ice. Shake hard with ice and pour entire contents of shaker tin into a large rocks glass (you can top with a couple of pieces of fresh ice, if desired). Garnish with cucumber wheels, a generous sprinkle of coarse sea salt, and a pinch of black pepper.

PRO TIP: Feel free to go wild with different types of salte garnish in the garnish. Tajin (or other chili salt) works great for a little spice, smoked Maldon salt for an earthy aroma, herb salt for brightness, etc.

#2: The Grapefruit Honey Collins

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  • 3 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 0.5 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz honey syrup (dilute 3 parts honey with 1 part hot water to make it easier to pour)
  • seltzer water

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a shaker tin, add ice, and shake very briefly to mix the ingredients and cool down, then strain into a tall glass. Fill the glass about halfway with seltzer water, add ice, garnish with a grapefruit or lemon slice, and enjoy!

PRO TIP: This drink works well with other drinking juices too! Try switching out grapefruit for pineapple, orange, or cold-pressed apple juice, or try swapping lemon for lime juice for added variety. Trading plain seltzer water for flavored (like La Croix!) is another way to add complexity and keep things interesting. 

#3: The Garden Gimlet

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  • 2 oz Seedlip Garden (nonalcoholic spirit)
  • 1 oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 0.75 oz Simple Syrup 

Combine ingredients in a shaker tin and shake hard with ice. Carefully strain into a stemmed cocktail glass (use a fine tea strainer to double strain, if you have one!), and garnish with a lime wedge.

PRO TIP: Throw fresh herbs like mint, basil, cilantro, etc. in the shaker tin if you’re feeling fancy! You can also try building the same ingredients into a tall glass over ice and top with seltzer or tonic water for an effervescent twist. 

#4: The Mocktail Mule

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  • 2 oz Seedlip Grove or Garden (nonalcoholic spirit)
  • 0.75 oz ginger syrup (vigorously mix 2 parts cold pressed ginger juice with 1 part white granulated sugar until sugar is dissolved)
  • 0.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Seltzer water

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a shaker tin, add ice, and shake very briefly to mix the ingredients and cool down, then strain into a tall glass. Fill glass about halfway with seltzer water, add ice, garnish with a lime wedge and ginger candy, and enjoy!

PRO TIP: If you can’t make or get fresh ginger juice, replace the ginger syrup with seltzer water and a quality store-bought ginger beer, keeping the Seedlip and lime juice measurements the same. 

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