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The best alcohol free cocktails that you can make at home

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More and more of us are concluding that our drinks don't have to feature alcohol to be delicious. Stylist's article on the New Sobriety caused a stir (sorry) this week, reporting that many of us just aren't bothering with the sauce any more, choosing to stay alcohol-free.

Whether you're popping out to one of the UK's healthiest cafes and restaurants or cooking up a storm for friends at home, it's definitely possible to enjoy several cocktails without the hangover at the end.

And making your own cocktails at home without alcohol is not only a lot cheaper than heading to a bar, it's a lot easier too. Whether you're taking part in Dry January, trying to cut back on drinking, or just understand that alcohol-free doesn't have to mean taste free, take a look at our gallery to see some of the best virgin cocktail recipes around.

  • Frozen Banana Colada

    The recipe for this banana and pineapple drink calls for the inclusion of rum, but it's just as cool and tasty without it.

    Ingredients

    • Banana
    • Pineapple chunks
    • Cream of coconut
    • Ice

    Find the full recipe here

    Image courtesy of anightowlblog.com via Pinterest 

  • Blackberry Moscow Mule

    This beautiful combination of blended blackberries and ginger beer doesn't even need the vodka that usually accompanies it.

    Ingredients

    • Blackberries
    • Sugar
    • Ginger beer
    • Ice
    • Mint

    Find the full recipe here

    Image courtesy of serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com via Pinterest

  • Cocoa peanut butter smoothie

    This delicious drink claims to be a smoothie, but we know what it really means. Throw in the fact that there's no alcohol within the mix of chocolate, peanut butter and bananas and you can even claim it's good for you.

    Ingredients

    • Bananas
    • Egg whites
    • Smooth peanut butter
    • Cocoa
    • Maple syrup
    • Ice

    Find the full recipe here 

    Image via soberjulie.com via Pinterest

  • Virgin Sangria

    Fruit-infused sangria is flavoursome with or without the wine that is traditional as a part of it. Simply mix an equal ratio of citrus fruit and berries with some lemonade or ginger beer. 

    Ingredients

    • Citrus fruit (oranges, lemons, limes)
    • Berries (strawberries, raspberries)
    • Apples, peaches, grapes
    • Lemonade/ginger beer
    • Apple/grape juice
    • Ice

    Find the full recipe here

    Image via sweetcdesigns.com via Pinterest

  • Mint Mojito

    Anyone who knows their cocktails knows that mint, not rum, is the key ingredient in a good mojito, and this refreshing booze-free version proves it.

    Ingredients

    • Soda
    • Sugar
    • Mint
    • Limes
    • Ice

    Find the full recipe here

    Image via cookingwithruthie.com via Pinterest

  • Cranberry Rosemary Refresher

    This rosemary-infused mix of cranberries and apples had us salivating. It takes a little longer to prepare than others, but is worth it.

    Ingredients

    • Cranberries
    • Rosemary
    • Apples
    • Ice

    Find the full recipe here

    Image courtesy of fortheloveoffoodblog.com via Pinterest

  • Ginger Lemon Mocktail

    Many recipes can tend to substitute alcohol for vast quantities of sugar, but if you're more of a fan of bitter drinks, this is the mocktail for you: ginger and lemon, sweetened a little with honey.

    Ingredients

    • Ginger
    • Lemon
    • Honey
    • Apple cider vinegar
    • Sparkling water

    Find the full recipe here

    Image via traditionalcookingschool.com via Pinterest

  • Thai Iced Tea

    Drunk in Thailand to counteract spicy food, but makes a delicious after-dinner treat too. Simply mix a strong tea blend with coconut milk and ice.

    Ingredients

    • Tea mix 
    • Coconut milk
    • Sugar
    • Ice

    Find the full recipe here

    Image courtesy of whiteonricecouple.com via Pinterest 

  • Rhubarb Rosemary Bellini Smoothie

    This combination of rhubarb syrup and blended blueberries and raspberries can be enjoyed with either prosecco or sparkling water, but really it makes no difference to the fresh fruity taste.

    Ingredients

    • Rhubarb
    • Sugar
    • Mint
    • Blueberries
    • Raspberries
    • Sparkling water

    Find the full recipe here

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  • Safe Sex on the beach

    Just like its sister Sex On The Beach, this cocktail is a sweet mix of delicious fruit juices that will lift any evening.

    Ingredients

    • Grapefruit juice
    • Cranberry juice
    • Peach syrup
    • Cherry

    Find the full recipe here

    Image via momstestkitchen.com via Pinterest

  • Cucumber and lime mocktail

    Adding cucumber and lime to a minty mojito mix gives it a refreshing taste, and the beautiful green colour can make you feel all smug and healthy, too. This recipe is with rum, but subtract it for an equally tasty drink.

    Ingredients

    • Cucumber
    • Mint
    • Sugar
    • Ice
    • Soda

    Find the full recipe here

    Image via dailysqueeze.com via Pinterest

  • Turtle coffee cocktail

    And no one said cocktails can't be dessert too.  This coffee and pecan delight can be made with Baileys, but substituting it out takes none of the flavour away.

    Ingredients

    • Coffee
    • Non alcoholic Bailey's Irish cream (optional)
    • Vanilla ice cream
    • Chocolate syrup
    • Cream
    • Pecans
    • Caramel syrup

    Find the full recipe here

    Image via oneartsymama.com via Pinterest

  • Strawberry and Lime Tom Collins

    The Tom Collins is a cocktail every bartender can whip up, but substituting in an alcohol free cider for the traditional gin makes a just as tasty drink without losing the signature kick.

    Ingredients

    • Non alcoholic cider (Kopparberg Strawberry and Lime alcohol free is available at Tesco)
    • Strawberries
    • Agave nectar
    • Lime juice
    • Soda

    Find the full recipe here

    Image via cookincanuck.com via Pinterest

  • Alcohol-free mimosa

    Mimosas are a brunchtime treat in the US, but if you want a booze-free breakfast, this couldn't-be-simpler formula of replacing champagne with fizzy water gives the same amount of bubbles, alcohol free.

    Ingredients

    • Orange juice
    • Grapefruit juice (optional)
    • Fizzy water
    • Ice

    Find the full recipe here

    Image via ohmy-creative.com, via Pinterest

  • Virgin Cherry Daiquiri

    One of the best things about alcohol-free drinks is that they're so easy to make. For this version of a cherry daiquiri, just throw the ingredients in a blender and ta-dah!

    Ingredients

    • Cherry juice
    • Lemonade
    • Grenadine
    • Sugar
    • Ice

    Find the full recipe here

    Image via cravingsofalunatic.com via Pinterest

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