With the majority of Delhi’s populace turning sober overnight, thanks to the navratras, it seems befitting that I veer away from my usual subject of choice — cocktails — this week, and write about their alcohol-free cousins, mocktails, instead.
But not the run-off-the-mill mocktails in garish blue or pink and sporting wilting umbrella garnishes, mind you. Nor the virginised versions of popular cocktails that sport decidedly unimaginative, putting-off titles such as No Sex on the Beach, Nojito (that’s a non-alcoholic Cuban Mojito), Virgin Pina Colada, Mocktini, etc. They may taste great in their own right, but let’s admit it — they’ve been overdone and overplayed.
No, I want to write about some hatke mocktails that can fill the aching void created by a lack of alcohol in the past four days (in as much as an aching void created by such a lack can be filled). So I scrounged around for exciting recipes and came up with a handful.
Strawberry Lemon Sunset is the simplest one. The recipe calls for you to blend a cup of fresh strawberries, with a tablespoon of lemon juice, three tablespoons pineapple juice, and whipped cream. Serve in a sugar-rimmed margarita glass to guests.
If that was a dainty concoction, the Apple Fizz is a refreshing one. You need to shake together half a cup of apple juice, half a teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of cane sugar syrup over ice. Pour into a glass and top with club soda.
If you like coconut in your drink, here are two whimsical creations I chanced upon. For Coconut Fizz, combine four parts coconut milk with an equal quantity of fresh lime juice, shake well, and pour over ice in a tall glass. Top with club soda and garnish with a sprig of mint. Give the recipe a twist by halving the quantity of lime juice and replacing soda with cola to get Coco Cola!
Try your own combinations with fresh seasonal fruits. While you do, forget that mocktails are simply mock-cocktails; see them as well-balanced, exquisite beverages that deserve to be enjoyed in their own right.