Bollocks to staying in: 3 mocktails you must try

Mocktails?” I hear you roar. “Who are you and what have you done to our Kat!


Bear with me.


It can happen on the odd occasion. It’s a lovely night, all your friends are out, the drinks are flowing and you? You’re sitting at home because you just got prescribed some anti-biotics and the doctor specifically told you not to drink with them. Or you’re going through a detox for one reason or another. Or any other scenario where having even a few drinks is just not an option.


Weekend: ruined.


When nights like this are NOT an option.


Or is it?


I very recently had to go through a weeklong prescription of penicillin due to an infected wisdom tooth (yes, I’m serious. I’m post thirty and getting wisdom teeth. You may all laugh) and as it just so happened that was the weekend everyone was doing something fabulous.


No one wants to go out to drink diet coke or soda water until you burst, and even J20’s get boring at some point. So what’s a girl to do? Stay at home and silently resent everyone’s Instagram feeds or just suck it up and sup some stale pop in the pub?


And this is how I came across them: Mocktails.


Not only do these little babies look amazing, they also pack a massive punch in flavour. There’s no need to deprive yourself, so kiss goodbye to a slither of lime over too much ice and too little lemonade, and say hello to these fabulous creations!


Obviously, cocktail bar “mixologists” (you know what I mean) can craft you any kind of mocktail you can imagine, but what if you’re in the pub where the selection of ingredients is less than broad?


Fear not! I’ve collected three mocktails tried and tested by yours truly which can be mocked up (see what I did there?) in most pubs, bars and watering holes. You can even mix them at home instead of reaching for the old tap.


Go enjoy them already!


St Kitts - Picture credit


St Kitts

This beauty was originally a modification from one of the Difford’s guide cocktails. It’s sharp and refreshing and perfect for a hot summer’s day sitting in a beer garden or a sun lounge.

What goes in it?

75ml pineapple juice

25ml freshly squeezed lime juice

15ml grenadine syrup

Cold ginger ale to top up

Lime slice

Loads of ice cubes


Cranberry Cutie - Picture credit


Cranberry Cutie

A version of the traditional cosmopolitan, this baby also sports some superfoods so not only is it tasty, it’s also (probably) good for you! Sold? I thought so.

What goes in it?

85 ml red cranberry juice

82 ml apple juice

25 ml honey


Moscow Mule Mocktail - Picture credit Groupon


Moscow Mule Mocktail

This drink takes minutes to make and seconds to drink and you can be darn sure the ingredients can be found in nearly every pub you’ve ever ventured into.

What goes in it?

Ginger beer

Dash of lime juice and some lime wedges to garnish

To up with soda water


Have you tried a spectacular mocktail? Hit me up in the comments!


Picture credits here.


  • Aditi Malhotra

    Lovely recipes, and as I dont drink, these are simply perfect for me, gonna try them all soon.

  • I LOVE the name of this post!! Haha it made me laugh loads! I often can’t drink with the tablets I’m on, so these are really good ideas.

    Alice | Dainty Alice

  • So far so Sabine

    They look good! And it’s great that they don’t have alcohol, so I can have them now while being pregnant!

  • Jaime

    This is so good, I’m doing dry July so will keep these in mind!

  • Enricoh Alfonzo Naidu

    se manifique views and vibes! i love your photo journal and descriptions. looks thirst quenching

  • Jasmin N

    Oh my goodness these sound super tasty! Although, I’m pretty much spoiled with the whole Finnish alcohol culture, I’m still going to give these a go 🙂

  • Cynthia Nicoletti

    They all look delicious and refreshing but I really can go for a Cranberry cutie about now 🙂

  • Amy Victoria Baldwin

    Ooh these all sound yummy especially St Kitts! Mocktails are great if you can’t drink but are with people drinking cocktails! I have a elderflower one recently which was good!

  • I love mocktails! I can’t drink alcohol because of migraine medication, so I’m bookmarking these to have some drinks to try out 🙂

  • Bhupendra Singh

    I’m not great fan of mocktails, but these are looking amazing.
    So i really want to try Cranberry Cutie. 🙂

  • Kaitlynn Charalambopoulos

    These are such fun drinks for adults that need to stay away from alcohol for whatever reason. Who doesn’t love a treat once in a while?

  • Mocktails make me sad. But these are good ideas if you need to go that route and awesome images

  • This is actually such a great idea and I don’t really drink but I feel left out but maybe now I can join in and try these. I’ll have to save these to make for a party I go to next. Thanks for sharing.

  • Amanda Love

    Mocktails can be fun too! These recipes are pretty cool, I’d love to try them especially since they also look so refreshing, perfect for the summer weather!

  • Chloe

    Oh they all look soo tempting I want to try the cranberry cutie.

  • I love your photos! And yes, these sure sound delicious. I like mixing some juices with sodas and adding some fruits occasionally, it’s kind of like sangria with no wine. Doesn’t taste the same but looks same and tastes good though! 🙂

    Nora /

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I love a good mocktail in the summer! I am going to try the Cranberry Cutie as it sounds delicious and a great summer drink.

  • Mmm now all of those sound rather lovely! I hope your infected wisdom tooth cleared up quickly, ouch!

  • They all look delicious! I have none of the ingredient at home but I shall remember these recipe coz they look fantastic! xx corinne