Whether you’re doing the 28 day challenge or not, this selection of mocktail recipes offers a more exciting route to the classic non-alcoholic drink.What’s your sun sign? There’s a cool concoction for that.
ARIES: Spiced Mango Mockarita
Aries is best known as the fiery and highly passionate sign of the zodiac, so it comes as no surprise that their food and drink of choice always contains plenty of spice. Ruled by Mars, which is referred to as the “Red Planet,” this is the perfect drink for a spicy Aries. To create this mocktail, start by rimming your glass with lime juice and then dipping it into chili powder. In a blender, mix together 2 oz mango juice, 2 oz orange juice, 1 small lime, half a chili pepper, 1.5 oz soda water and 0.5 oz simple syrup. Add ice to your glass and pour the mixture over. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!
TAURUS: Mock Champagne
Tauruses belong to the Earth element of the zodiac and are ruled by the planet of Venus. Sharing in Venus’s traits of beauty, artistry, luxury and comfort, nothing makes a Taurus happier than the classic take on an ever so elegant glass of bubbly. To create this mocktail, pour 0.75 oz chilled white grape juice concentrate into a champagne flute, fill the remaining portion of the glass with chilled Ginger Ale. Garnish with a citrus peel for extra luxury!
GEMINI: Sweet Sunrise
Geminis are definitely the most high-spirited of the Air sign bunch, with big personalities you can’t miss. Ruled by the planet of Mercury, it’s not shocking that this sign is known to be smart, witty and versatile, often marked by their dual personality. This drink contains the sweet and tart side of a Gemini. Start by pouring 1 oz grenadine syrup to the base of your glass and fill with ice. Then pour over equal parts of orange juice and lemon juice to fill your glass. Add an orange slice and a maraschino cherry for garnish.
CANCER: Virgin Winter Sangria
Cancers are Water signs best known for their nurturing and compassionate personalities. Ruled by the Moon, Cancers are happiest when they have something or someone to care for; and what screams born nurturer more than serving sangria – a drink truly made for everyone. To make this mocktail, combine 1.5 oz white grape juice, 2 oz pomegranate juice, 2 oz cranberry juice and 0.5 oz simple syrup. Add in sliced apples, cinnamon sticks, a fresh rosemary sprig and top off with sparkling water. Serve over ice and enjoy!
Leo: Peach Non-Bellini
Fire sign Leos are famously known for their enthusiasm and exuberance. Given that the Sun is the ruler of the sign, their presence is known to literally light up a room, and what’s more of a show-stopper than a peach non-bellini. To create this drink, start by blending together 3 oz frozen peach slices, 2 oz sparkling apple juice, 0.75 oz lime juice and 0.5 oz simple syrup. Pour into a glass and top off with more sparkling apple juice. Garnish with a peach slice and a sprig of mint!
VIRGO: Elderflower Blueberry Spritz
Virgos, alike Geminis, are ruled by Mercury, prompting them into a life of practicality and calmness. Virgos are also Earth signs that enjoy sophistication, simplicity and anything in relation to their element, making this drink the perfect tribute to our Virgos. To create this mocktail, begin by combining 1 oz elderflower syrup, 1 oz lime juice and a handful of blueberries into a glass. Muddle these ingredients together and add ice and soda water to fill the glass. Garnish with extra blueberries and a sprig of mint.
LIBRA: Rosewater Pomegranate Spritzer
Libras are known for their love of balance – keeping everything in their world harmonious. This sign is also ruled by Venus which has a certain hold over beauty, love and pleasure. This is a sign certainly born with a taste for the finer things in life, hence this specific mocktail. To create this drink, start by adding a few dashes of rose water and 1 oz of pomegranate juice to a glass filled with ice. Top off with soda water and garnish with pomegranate seeds and a rosemary sprig.
SCORPIO: Black Magic
Emotional and intense, Scorpios are another member of the Water sign gang. They are ruled by two planetary influences –Pluto and Mars, explaining their dark, dangerous and mysterious personalities. This mocktail perfectly brings out the intensity that lies within this sign. Start by breaking apart two capsules of activated charcoal and discard the outer layer. Mix the charcoal with 1 oz simple syrup. In a shaker combine this mixture with 2 oz lime juice, 2.5 oz blueberry juice and ice. Shake and strain into a glass filled with fresh ice. Garish with a dried orange slice for a pop of colour.
SAGITTARIUS: Floral Daiquiri
Sagittarius’ are big characters that love life; being a Fire sign will do just that. Ruled by Jupiter, restless and adventurous, they cannot stand to be contained and love their freedom. As an ode to Sagittarius’ adventurous personality, this floral drink will hold them over until their next voyage. To create this mocktail, start by combining 2 oz white grape juice, 2 oz lime juice and 1 oz honeysuckle rose syrup into a shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a glass. Garnish with edible flowers and enjoy.
CAPRICORN: Virgin Old Fashioned
Capricorns, members of the Earth sign crew, are known to be practical and self-reliant. They are ruled by Saturn, always working hard and keeping things simple, with a touch of sophistication. This drink is the perfect ode to their serious nature. To make this non-alcoholic concoction, combine 2.5 oz dark Ginger Ale, 1.5 oz lemon juice, 1 oz simple syrup and 2 dashes of non-alcoholic orange bitters together. Add a square ice cube to the glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.
AQUARIUS: Virgin Pineapple Mojito
Aquarius, belonging to the Air element of the zodiac, is all about being unique, cool and marching to their own drum. This sign is also ruled by Uranus, with a powerful intelligence marking every Aquarius. This mocktail is refreshing, cool and smooth – all the things we love in a good Aquarius and a good virgin pineapple mojito. Start by muddling 8 mint leaves and 0.5 oz simple syrup at the bottom of your glass. Add ice and then combine 3 oz pineapple juice and 0.75 oz lime juice. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a sprig of mint and a pineapple wedge.
PISCES: Blue Lagoon
Pisces is the zodiac’s dreamer. Belonging to the Water element, this sign is ALL about feelings. The emblematic fish is ruled by the Neptune, named after the Roman god of the sea, and is considered the magician of the universe representing imagination, creativity and a magical world. This drink is the perfect tribute to our water-loving friends. To create this bright blue mocktail, pour 2 oz blue Curacao syrup and 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice to the base of your cup. Add ice to your glass and pour Sprite over the mixture. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon slices.
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