I have been on a huge mocktail kick lately. I go through phases with drinking alcohol, and it doesn’t interest me right now. That being said, you can add alcohol to these mocktails, and they are just as good; they add a little kick!
A Balance of Flavors in a Mocktail
When I start to develop mocktails, I like to create a balance of sweet, bright, and bold. Without alcohol, the flavors of a mocktail need to stand alone and not necessarily complement the bold and often more bitter taste of alcohol. I find the balance of a mocktail comes from a fruit, a herb, and then citrus to balance it all out. So in this mocktail, we have blackberries for a bright fruit flavor, lime juice for citrus acidity, and ginger beer for sweetness and spiciness.
In a classic Moscow Mule the vodka adds a bitterness that the ginger beer plays off of, in this case we balance the alcohol with the blackberries, ginger beer and the lime, creating a unity rather than feeling like you are missing something.Print
Blackberry lime mule mocktail is the perfect summer non-alcoholic beverage. It is bright, semi-sweet and so refreshing for a hot evening.
- 4 washed blackberries
- juice from 1 lime
- 2 cups of crushed ice
- 1 can of ginger beer (optional: use diet ginger beer)
- Slice your lime and juice it into a bowl or a glass
- Add the blackberries to the glass and using a muddle stick or a flat object or even a fork press the berries to release the juice and mix into the lime juice
- Fill 2, 6oz glasses with crushed ice
- Using a cocktail strainer, strain the blackberry lime juice into each glass and top with ginger beer
- Enjoy cold
Keywords: blackberry lime mule mocktail, non-alcoholic drinks
Strain or not to Strain
Let’s talk about straining a cocktail/mocktail or not straining a cocktail/mocktail. Sometimes straining comes down to personal preference, but in some cases, the cocktail is traditionally developed to strain the extra items and create a smooth drink. For example, cocktails like Moscow mules have ice and pulp from the lime juice in the mug, whereas a martini is strained to make sure the ice in the shaker to chill the drink doesn’t dilute the cocktail over time. Some people prefer their drink with ice or without, which also comes down to personal preference. For this specific Blackberry Lime Mule Mocktail, I chose to loosely strain the muddled blackberries over the ice to catch the majority of the fiber from the fruit and allow mostly the juice to flavor the drink.