Alcohol free mocktails don’t need to be boring
We’ve probably all been to a party and been the designated driver, you see everyone else enjoying wonderful cocktails and your option is coke or some other ordinary drink.
Feel less than special? That your host hasn’t really thought of you? Us too.
So when we throw a party, we make sure that the mocktails or virgin cocktails are as special as their alcoholic cousins.
If you’ve decided to give up alcohol for life, for dry January or even just for the night, then the good news is that your drinks don’t need to be boring.
If you’re organising a party or gathering, you’ll need to have a glass of non alcoholic mocktail on the menu.
Let us introduce you to the whiskey sour mocktail, one of the best tasting whiskey mocktails that we’ve made!
Is there really no alcohol in it?
No there’s not. It’s totally zero proof, non alcoholic and alcohol free ingredients in our whisky mocktail recipe. Absolutely no booze in this beauty of a drink.
If you’ve seen the version with alcohol in it, be careful not to use the Angostura bitters to garnish as these bitters contain alcohol.
Should I use alcohol free whiskey or bourbon?
Bourbon is the most popular choice in the classic whiskey sour cocktails, so we chose alcohol free bourbon when we made our version of the recipe.
It’s entirely personal taste and so if you prefer to use zero proof whiskey instead then go ahead and do so!
What are the ingredients?
The good news is that there aren’t many ingredients to this tasty mocktail.
Alcohol free whiskey or bourbon, simple syrup (also known as sugar syrup), fresh lemon juice and egg whites.
How do I get a frothy top on my mocktail?
It’s all in the egg white. Our top tip for getting a sublime, silky frothy top on your mocktail is to dry shake the ingredients for 30 seconds before you add ice to the shake.
You’ll create your best frothy top ever if you follow these instructions, people will think you’re a professional bartender!
Fresh or bottled lemon juice?
Fresh lemon juice is a must! You just don’t get the same flavor if you use bottled lemon juice.
If you haven’t got fresh lemon juice but have a lime in your fridge then use fresh lime juice instead – that’ll be fine!
Can I make it without the frothy top?
Of course you can. Just fill an old fashioned glass with ice and set aside.
Fill a shaker with ice, add non alcoholic whiskey or bourbon, your fresh lemon juice and sugar syrup.
Secure the lid and give it a good shake, strain the mix and pour into your glass and you have a classic refreshing whiskey sour mocktail on the rocks ready to enjoy!
You’ll find it hard to believe that this drink is without alcohol!
What equipment will I need to make it?
You’ll need a cocktail shaker, a Hawthorne strainer and a cocktail strainer, that’s all.
Are mocktails and virgin cocktail drinks the same thing?
Yes, they are exactly the same thing, made alcohol free and using zero proof ingredients.
Is this vegan?
It’s easy to make this drink suitable for vegans. Instead of using egg white for the frothy top, simply use a cocktail foamer instead. We always recommend that you check the ingredients to make sure the brand you buy is vegan.
Is it suitable for children?
Being alcohol free then yes it is, in theory, suitable for children but we’ll leave it to you to answer any ethical questions surrounding children with drinks that replicate alcoholic cocktails.
What glass should I serve this in?
It’s personal choice. You could use a sour glass, an old fashioned glass, a coupe glass or a bar glass.
We’ve used a vintage champagne glass and we think the drinks look fabulous in them.
I don’t have any sugar syrup (simple syrup), can I make my own?
While the bottled sugar syrup (simple syrup) is really convenient, it’s actually incredibly easy to make your own.
To make your own sugar syrup (simple syrup) just take 300g of caster sugar and dissolve it slowly in 150ml of water over low heat.
Let it cook and you can then bottle it up so you can use it in other mocktails or cocktails.
Store your sugar syrup (simple syrup) in the fridge.
What should I garnish it with?
It’s always good to garnish your zero proof whiskey sour mocktail, it’s like the icing on the cake, it’s not complete until you add the garnish.
We used a maraschino cherry with a stalk to garnish our whiskey sour mocktail.
Other garnish ideas include a slice of lemon or a twist of fresh lemon rind. You could garnish with a slice of orange but we prefer to use ingredients in the drink.
Is it quick to make?
Oh yes, very quick indeed! You’ll love this, because this perfect whiskey mocktail takes just 5 minutes to make!
How do I make a whiskey sour mocktail?
We’re glad you asked! These whiskey sour mocktails are definitely worth making!
Take your cocktail shaker and add to it 50ml of non alcoholic whiskey or bourbon, then 50ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice, followed by 25ml simple syrup (sugar syrup), followed by 30g of egg white – don’t add any ice at this stage.
Firmly place the lid on your cocktail shaker and shake as hard as you can for 30 seconds, this is a key stage in the recipe as it’s this shaking that will give you the extra frothy top.
Once you’ve done that, then it’s time to add a handful of ice to the shaker and once again give it a good shake, you’ll feel the shaker getting really cold. Shake for approximately 30 – 45 seconds.
Then remove the lid and double strain your non alcoholic whiskey sour through a Hawthorne strainer and a fine strainer and pour into your glass.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry or a slice of lemon.
Cheers – enjoy you’re going to love it!
What can I serve this mocktail with?
Nuts always go well with our whiskey sour or you could serve some cheese or dried fruit.
We hope you love our alcohol free whiskey sour as much as we do, so please do leave a comment below and let us know how it tasted, we’d love to hear your feedback!
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WHISKEY SOUR MOCKTAIL
- Cocktail shaker
- Hawthorne strainer
- Fine strainer
- 50 ml Zero proof whiskey
- 50 ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 25 ml Simple syrup
- 30 g Egg white
- Take your cocktail shaker and add to it 50ml of zero proof whiskey, then 50ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice, followed by 25ml simple syrup (sugar syrup), followed by 30g of egg white – don't add any ice at this stage
- Firmly place the lid on your cocktail shaker and shake as hard as you can for 30 seconds, this is a key stage in the recipe as it's this shaking that will give you the extra frothy top
- Once you've done that, then it's time to add a handful of ice to the shaker and once again give it a good shake, you'll feel the shaker getting really cold. Shake for approximately 30 – 45 seconds
- Then remove the lid and double strain your non alcoholic whiskey sour through a Hawthorne strainer and a fine strainer and pour into your glass
- Garnish with a maraschino cherry or a slice of lemon
- Cheers – enjoy you're going to love it!