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TIP OF THE DAY: Make A Signature Mocktail

A cranberry-lemonade mocktail. Photo by
Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.


Mixologists invent new cocktails all the time. They look at the ingredients around them, and start combining.

You can do the same with mocktails, mixed drinks without alcohol. One of the most historic is shandy, a 50:50 combination of beer mixed with a carbonated beverage: cider, citrus soda (like 7-UP), ginger beer, ginger ale or lemonade.

The shandy is also called a half-and-half. And then there’s the Arnold Palmer, a non-alcoholic shandy made of half lemonade and half iced tea.

So today’s tip is: Create your own signature mocktail.

Start with a half-and-half recipe of your favorite ingredients. Make a small test recipe—a half cup or so.

You can turn it into a family or friends activity by inviting others to join you as co-mixologists. If you enjoy the exercise, you can make it a party activity, with a prize for the best recipe.

What should you mix?

Start with fruit sodas (cherry, cranberry, lemon-lime, raspberry, etc.), club soda and fruit juices (apple juice, lemonade, pomegranate juice, etc.). Add bitters if you enjoy them (we love them!), and top off your creation with a squeeze of lemon or lime.


To start you off, here’s a mocktail combination from Whole Foods Market, an enhancement of the raspberry-lime Rickeys of our youth:

  • Half cranberry soda, such as Whole Foods Market Cranberry Italian soda
  • Half lemonade, such as 365 Everyday Value Lemonade
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Garnish: lime wheel or wedge, fresh raspberries
    For more lime flavor, juice a lime and add a teaspoon per eight-ounce serving.



    The Rickey (originally the “Joe Rickey”) was created in 1883 at Shoomaker’s bar in Washington, D.C. It was named for Colonel Joe Rickey, a Missouri statesman. Each morning, he went to Shoomaker’s for a Bourbon with sparkling water over ice.

    One day, the bartender added a squeeze of lime, and the Rickey was born. It’s evolved to include simple syrup and bitters. Omit the Bourbon and you’ve got a mocktail that you can layer with other ingredients (soda, juice, etc.).

    Ingredients Per Drink

  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 dashes bitters
  • 6 – 8 ounces club soda
  • 1.5 ounces Bourbon

    1. Combine first three ingredients in a collins glass.

    2. Top with soda, add garnish and serve.


    Just combine these ingredients. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.


    Long before we knew of the original Rickey cocktail, and long before the invention of the word “mocktail,” we enjoyed many a raspberry-lime Rickey at Brigham’s soda fountain in Harvard Square (alas, long gone).

    A sparkling blend of raspberry syrup, lime syrup and club soda, it was the Boston alternative to the New York egg cream. And, depending on your proclivities, it’s much more refreshing than the original.


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