9 mocktails that will make your camping trip unforgettable
Whether you are not a drinker or just need a break from alcohol, there are plenty of mocktails you can make on your camping trip. Even if drinking isn’t your thing, there is no reason not to treat yourself. Sometimes a tasty drink is better without the booze in it. You can still enjoy your trip without alcohol being in the mix. Here are 9 mocktails that will make your camping trip unforgettable.
What is a Mocktail?
Mocktails are non-alcoholic mixed drinks that are supposed to have a similar appearance to a cocktail. They still include a beautiful presentation with the complexity of making the perfect cocktail without alcohol. A good mocktail tastes good and is crafted with the same care as a cocktail. Some attributes of the mocktail are:
- Presented in a cocktail glass to compliment the drink
- Uses decorative garnishes, salt, sugar or complimenting rim
- Perfectly blends unique ingredients to achieve a complex flavor
Best Mocktail Recipes for Camping
There is nothing like gathering around the campfire with your loved ones. The outdoors and fresh air can be the perfect setting to enjoy sipping on something fun. No matter your taste preferences, there is sure to be a mocktail that everybody can enjoy. Here are some of the best mocktail recipes for camping.
1. Mulled Cider
The comfort and coziness you feel when nursing a mug of mulled cider is unmatched. There are two ways you can go about making this recipe. You can buy premixed mulling spices or choose your own spices to customize them. If you do go with the choosing your spices approach, here are some spices you may include depending on your taste.
- Cinnamon stick
- Cardamom pods
- Star anise pod
- Allspice berries
- Ginger pieces
You can adjust the number of spices you add depending on your taste. Simmer apple cider with spices and a couple of orange slices for 15 minutes. You can taste it to see if it is flavorful enough for you; if not, let it have a little more time. Once it is done, you have the perfect virgin mulled cider. If others in your group want alcohol, it is easy to add it if they prefer.
2. Virgin Mule
Virgin mules are an easy and delicious drink creation you can make. All you need is granulated sugar, water and lime juice. Combine the ingredients in a saucepan and bring it to a simmer over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and let it cool. Add a tablespoon to a glass of ginger beer and garnish and decorate to your liking to enjoy your virgin mule.
3. Dark and Stormy
This is the perfect drink if you have leftover ingredients from your mule. All you need is ginger beer, lime juice and pineapple juice. When you combine them all, you have your drink ready to go. This is an excellent tip for drinks to remember during the holiday season when you often have leftover ingredients.
4. Golden Milk
Over the past couple of years, golden milk has got increasingly popular. The best part about this drink is that it can be prepared ahead of time. It brings the most delicious outdoorsy taste with its hints of chai. You will need almond milk, water, turmeric powder, thin-sliced ginger, honey, coconut oil, black peppercorns and ground cinnamon.
Once everything is gathered, combine them into a saucepan to a boil beside the ground cinnamon. Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes. Once it is done, you can serve it immediately or store it for up to five days if you bring it along.
Best Summer Mocktails for Camping
If your camping trip activities are during the day, you may be looking for a fruity, refreshing drink to sip on. These tasty mocktail recipes are perfect for enjoying anywhere.
5. Honey Blackberry Mint Mocktail
Sometimes it can be hard to find a healthier version of mocktail recipes. This is a great option if you are on a paleo diet or conscious of sugar in drinks. It is only sweetened with honey which makes it the perfect healthier drink.
All you need is blackberries, honey, mint leaves, lemon, water and seltzer. Muddle together blackberries, honey and mint until blended well. Add lemon juice and cover and shake the mix together. Add seltzer and garnish with mint leaves and blackberries.
6. Raspberry Lemon Virgin Mojito
Nothing is more refreshing than a mojito on a warm day. To make this recipe, you’ll need mint leaves, simple syrup, lime juice, sparking raspberry lemonade and garnish. Muddle mint at the bottom of the glass and add simple syrup and lime juice. Then add ice and top with sparkling raspberry lemonade with your garnishes and you’re good to go.
7. Frozen Peach Bellini
A frozen drink hits the spot after a long day in the sun doing outdoor activities. You can enjoy the taste of a bellini by substituting champagne with apple juice. To make this version, you will need two peeled frozen peaches, sparkling apple juice, sugar and lime juice. Combine the ingredients and blend until smooth. Then you can pour it into your glasses to enjoy and add more sparkling apple juice if needed.
8. Grapefruit Kombucha Agua Fresca
Another healthier mocktail you can enjoy is the grapefruit kombucha agua fresca. Grab your ingredients which are grapefruit juice, unflavored kombucha, maple syrup, fresh rosemary and sparkling water if you want to add it. Stir in grapefruit juice, kombucha and maple syrup into a pitcher and then add sparkling water if it is not bubbly. Use rosemary to release oils into each glass.
9. Virgin Stone Fruit Sangria
You can still enjoy the taste of sangria without alcohol. All you need to do is combine these ingredients into a large pitcher and refrigerate.
- Pitted cherries
- Sliced apricots
- Cherry juice
- Ginger beer
- Sparkling water
Enjoy Your Mocktails Camping
No matter if you prefer fruity summer mocktails or outdoorsy cozy mocktails around the fire, there is a flavor preference to fit your taste. Try out these tasty drinks to have an unforgettable camping trip experience.
Beth is the Managing Editor and content manager at Body+Mind. She shares knowledge on a variety of topics related to nutrition, healthy living, and anything food-related. In her spare time, Beth enjoys trying out new fitness trends and recipes.
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