Taking the kick out of cocktails

Zenoyise Madikwa

Zenoyise Madikwa

Cocktails don't necessarily need to have alcohol to make them fun and great tasting.

Cool mixes of non-alcoholic cocktails have an important role to play because they open the world of cocktails to those who are of sober habits. This includes children, drivers, pregnant women and people with religious or health constraints. They add to the variety of mixed drinks available to those who temporarily or permanently abstain from alcohol.

According to John Brains, a bartender at Liquid Chefs, many alcoholic cocktails can be turned into "virgins" by omitting the alcoholic ingredients.


2 large dessert apples

600 ml boiling water

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Chop the apples and place in a bowl. Pour the boiling water over the apples and add the sugar.

Leave to stand for 10 minutes, then strain into a jug and allow to cool.

Pour over ice cubes in a tall tumbler and decorate with an apple slice.

Serve with a straw.


Ice cubes

2 bananas

1 egg

1 teaspoon honey

A cup of milk

Blend the ingredients and pour into the glass.

Garnish with a slice of banana.

There are many variations of this drink.

Try it with different fruits and combinations of fruit. It is also nice as a breakfast drink if you add muesli.


Ice cubes

Equal parts grape juice, cranberry juice and soda water.

Build the ingredients in the glass over ice cubes.

Garnish with lemon twist.


Ice cubes


1 part orange juice

1 part lemon juice

Martini glass

Shake the ice and juice and strain into the glass. Top up with cola.