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Feeling thirsty? Here are 3 classy mocktails to try this festive season

Rock shandy. Picture: Supplied

Rock shandy. Picture: Supplied

Published Dec 27, 2021


Whether you are choosing to skip spirits due to age, health, or personal reasons, there is no sense in missing out on flavourful drinks. There's a wealth of non-alcoholic cocktails, whether traditional or modern, to satisfy any occasion or festive mood.

The Ice-O-Lation

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1 cup fresh orange juice

1 tsp lemon or lime juice

1 cup sprite club soda or ginger ale

Sugar (optional)

Mint leaves

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Ice cubes

Salt to taste


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Mix the orange juice with lime or lemon juice in a jug. Fill two glasses with ice cubes. Pour the juice mixture in the glass till half full. Add sprite or soda or ginger ale and a pinch of salt.

Lightly crush mint leaves and add to glass. Pop in an eco-friendly straw and garnish with a slice of orange.

Recipe from Capsicum Culinary Studio.

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Rock shandy


½ can soda water

½ can lemonade

4 - 6 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters

Garnish: fresh lemon or lime wedge


Build ingredients over ice, dash with Angostura aromatic bitters, stir, garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

Lemon, lime, and bitters


6 - 8 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters

30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

22ml lime cordial

22ml sugar syrup


Garnish: fresh lemon or lime wedge


Add Angostura aromatic bitters, then ice.

Add lemon juice, lime cordial, and sugar syrup.

Top up with Sprite.

Garnish by squeezing the lemon or lime wedge into the drink.


Non-alcoholic Aperol spritz


700 ml of Aperol

4g of malic acid

100 ml of water

Rhubarb soda

Ice cubes


Add the Aperol to a pan and reduce over low heat until it has a syrupy consistency – this will remove the alcohol from the liquid.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool before returning to a clean bottle​.

Dissolve the malic acid in the water and stir thoroughly.

Add to a dripper bottle.

To assemble the mocktail, add 15ml of the reduced Aperol to a glass with ice.

Add three drops of the malic acid solution and top with the rhubarb soda.

Stir and serve.

Recipe by Lee Westcott.

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