The crisp autumn air sure has a way of making us want to curl up with a blanket, light a candle and pour ourselves a nice seasonal drink. But you don't have to compromise a flavourful drink for waking up feeling 100% the next day. While it doesn’t hurt to indulge in an alcoholic bev in moderation, chances are you just want something fun to sip on when you’re at home rather than the alcohol itself! Try one of these autumnal mocktails for your next cozy night in.
Cranberry Ginger Mule
- 2oz cranberry juice
- 1 bottle or 255mL ginger beer
- 0.5oz lime juice
- 1 sprig rosemary
- 3-5 frozen cranberries
Combine cranberry juice and lime juice in a copper mug. Fill with ice and top with ginger beer. Spank a sprig of rosemary to express the scent oils, and garnish with that and frozen cranberries.
🍯Black Tea Honey Sour
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 inch knob of ginger
- 2oz chilled black tea
- .75oz lemon juice
- 1 lemon, to zest
In a saucepan over low heat, combine water, honey, and ginger. Simmer for around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 10 minutes, remove the knob of ginger and allow syrup to cool.
While syrup is cooling, brew a cup of black tea according to the instructions of your chosen tea and allow to chill.
Combine 1oz of the honey ginger syrup, 2oz of chilled black tea, and 0.75oz lemon juice and shake with ice. Strain over ice and garnish with a lemon zest.
- 2oz apple cider
- 0.5oz lemon juice
- 2.5oz non-alcoholic prosecco, ginger beer, or soda water (Prosecco will give it a drier, breadier taste — ginger beer will make it sweeter and spicier — soda water will make it lighter and refreshing)
- 2 dashes angostura bitters (optional but recommended)
- Cinnamon sugar (equal parts ground cinnamon and granulated white sugar)
- Sprig of thyme
Rim a champagne flute with cinnamon sugar. In a separate mixing glass, combine apple cider, lemon juice, and bitters. Stir with ice and strain into flute. Top with non-alcoholic prosecco, ginger beer, or soda water. Spank a sprig of thyme to express the oils and garnish.
Behind us are the days of shiddy mocktails. Put on your bartender hat and give these a try!