While exploring mocktails, be aware of certain ingredients. Certain “non-alcoholic” bitters may contain trace amounts of alcohol.
Spooky season is here, which means it’s time to haul out Halloween decorations, scary movies, and delicious, autumnal mocktails. No matter the time of year, there’s a non-alcoholic beverage perfect for celebrating the season. Plus, like all things related to the spooky season, these mocktails offer a dramatic spin that makes them the ultimate showstoppers for Halloween parties and fall get-togethers. With serious flavor and flair, they’re a great way to get into the vibe while maintaining your sobriety goals. Here are 7 delicious mocktails to try this spooky season.
This classic non-alcoholic beverage gets a creative spooky spin—all from a little creative presentation. The ginger beer gives this drink a spicy twist that matches other major flavors of the season—and it’s completely alcohol-free.
2-3 maraschino cherries
8 ounces ginger beer, chilled
½ ounce grenadine
Add maraschino cherries and chilled ginger beer to glass. Pour ½ ounce of grenadine down the side of the glass and allow it to settle at the bottom.
Caramel apples are a hallmark of the season. The combination of sweet caramel and fruity apple is reminiscent of hay rides, harvest festivals, and town fairs—all rolled up into one crowd-pleasing mocktail.
2 ounces caramel sauce and ⅓ cup for garnish
⅓ cup white sugar
7 ounces apple cider
7 ounces ginger beer
1 cinnamon stick
Rim tall glass ⅓ cup warm caramel sauce and white sugar. Add 2 ounces of caramel sauce to the bottom of the glass, followed by apple cider. Top the glass with ginger beer and stir until well combined. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
With pale fog emerging from a dark purple drink, the Blackberry Witch’s Brew is perfect for maximum dramatic effect. The tart flavor of the blackberries, combined with a lift from seltzer water and a twist of lime, creates a delicate, sweet, and bubbly taste, and the dry ice provides the ultimate spooky vibes.
½ cup seltzer or club soda
½ cup ginger beer
Juice from ½ lime
Muddle blackberries in a shaker. Add lime and seltzer or club soda. Pour into glass and top with ginger beer. Lastly, add a small chunk of dry ice.
This drink is a non-alcoholic spin on a quintessential Halloween drink. With only a few simple ingredients, you can create an eye-catching pop of color, and, since the Dracula’s Kiss mocktail is made with familiar flavors, it’s a perfect option for parties. To heighten the spooky effect, serve in a tall, chilled glass.
½ ounce grenadine
½ cup colaCoca Cola
2 maraschino cherries
Pour grenadine into glass. Add cubed ice, then slowly add colaCoca Cola to get a gradient color effect. Garnish with two maraschino cherries to resemble two bite marks.
There’s nothing more iconic for fall decorations than the ubiquitous jack-o’-lantern. The Jack-O’-Lantern mocktail is all about simple flavors, but the creative garnish takes this one to the next level. Serve in a wide cup to ensure that the drink is still sippable without removing the creative pumpkin top.
1 ounce orange juice
4-5 ounces ginger ale
To make the garnish, insert the end of the lime twist into the center of the orange wheel to resemble a pumpkin stem. Add ice and orange juice to glass. Fill glass with ginger ale, and float orange wheel garnish on top.
Like many punch cocktails, this harvest punch is easy to make for a large crowd. It’s light, refreshing, and filled to the brim with familiar seasonal flavors. Together, the apple, orange, and cinnamon create a comforting mocktail that embodies cool autumn afternoons.
5 ounces apple cider or apple juice
1 ounce ginger beer
1-2 ounces seltzer or club soda
Wet rim of glass with orange slice, then coat the rim in cinnamon sugar. Add ice to glass, and top with apple cider, ginger beer, and seltzer. Garnish with cinnamon stick, apple slice, and orange twist.
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