If you’re counting down the days until the end of Dry January, it might be time to try out some easy and delicious gin mocktail recipes – that may even taste just as good as the original alcoholic versions!
It used to be that abstaining from alcohol, after indulging over the Christmas period, would be a monthlong event, and that come February we would go back to our usual drinking habits for the rest of the year. However, since Dry January began back in 2013, more and more people are now opting for a teetotal lifestyle, with an increasing number of young people choosing to avoid alcohol for a healthier and cleaner lifestyle.
If you’re a newbie to the world of non-alcoholic gin, now is the time to start exploring! There have never been so many choices available and luckily for us the big supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Ocado, are now well stocked with these alcohol-free alternatives.
Like with gin, these fabulous non-alcoholic versions allow you to create a wide and varied selection of tasty mocktails that can be enjoyed throughout the year – and not just over Dry January!
Here we take a look at 6 easy gin mocktail recipes to try, made with our choice of some of the best non-alcoholic gins currently available.
1. FIERCE SPRITZ (made with The Livener by Three Spirit)
50 ml Livener
25 ml Pink Grapefruit Juice
Top with Kombucha or Lemonade
Add all the ingredients to a large wine glass filled with ice cubes. Top up with soda and stir briefly. Garnish with a slice of fresh grapefruit.
Notable Botanicals: Guayusa, guava leaf, green tea, rosewater, hibiscus, schisandra berries, ginseng, cayenne chilli
2. ESPRESSO MARTINO (made with Seedlip Spice 94)
50 ml Seedlip Spice 94
50 ml Sandows Cold Brew Concentrate
15 ml Sugar Syrup
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with 3 coffee beans.
Notable Botanicals: Allspice berries, cardamom, grapefruit peel, lemon peel, oak bark, cascarilla bark
3. CALEÑO COLLINS (made with Caleño Light & Zesty Tropical Non-Alcoholic Spirit)
50 ml Caleño Light & Zesty Tropical
10 ml Fresh Lemon Juice
10 ml 2:1 Sugar Syrup or Gomme
Add all ingredients to a Collins glass filled with ice, top with soda and garnish with a slice of lemon zest.
Notable Botanicals: Juniper berry, lemon peel, coriander, papaya, pineapple and Inca berry.
4. TODDY (made with Seedlip Grove 42)
50 ml Seedlip Grove 42
120 ml Hot Assam Tea
1 bar spoon Coconut Sugar
Combine all ingredients in a teacup or Irish coffee mug.
Notable Botanicals: Blood orange, bitter orange, mandarin, lemongrass, lemon, ginger.
5. RADIANCE (made with Salcombe New London Light)
50 ml Salcombe NLL
25 ml Fresh Apple Juice
Add the Salcombe NLL, apple juice and oregano into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake for around 15 seconds. Strain into a highball glass pre-filled with ice, top with ginger beer and garnish with a few sprigs of oregano.
Notable Botanicals: Juniper, ginger, habanero capsicum, orange, sage, cardamom, cascarilla bark, lemongrass.
6. BASIL SMASH (made with Amplify Distilled Alcohol-Free Spirit)
50 ml Amplify
10 ml Lemongrass Syrup
10 ml Lemon Juice
Handful of Basil Leaves
Muddle basil leaves in the base of a cocktail shaker. Then, add the Amplify, lemongrass syrup, lemon juice and some ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with soda water and garnish with a fresh basil leaf.
Notable Botanicals: Juniper berries, coriander seeds, angelica root, lemon peel, lemongrass, ginseng root, orange citrus.
You can find out more about these non-alcoholic gins by clicking here.