Top Tips for Stepping Up the Classic Mocktail or Cocktail
Nonalcoholic or zero mocktails can be just as exciting and flavorful as having a cocktail! Whether simply quenching your thirst with a beautiful and tasty beverage or enjoying Happy Hour, Chef Ryan Rondeno offers a variety of timeless tips and bonus recipe for mocktails.
Mocktails are building as a nutritious trend that’s beyond an Arnold Palmer or virgin cranberry mocktail. Take a closer look at some valuable tips for transforming a beverage into an experience by using fruit purees, flavored syrups, sodas, and herbs.
1. Don’t shy away from using glassware.
Do away with the traditional glassware for the normal cocktails. Mix up the glassware. Use beer glasses for exotic mocktails. Tall Collins glasses and champagne flutes are a great choice as well.
2. Have Fun with Ice
From large squared ice, spheres, or even soft crushed ice makes a beautiful presentation in a glass. If you like to be creative, make ice cubes with sliced fruit and fresh herbs.
3. Mix It Up with Mixers
Dare to be different. Use mixer that create a great conversation. Infused juices, syrups, and sodas are great additions to a drink. Seasonal fruit purees give the mocktail depth and flavor.
4. Add Fresh Herbs & Citrus for Flavor
Fresh herbs are essential to giving the drink a unique feel. It doesn’t have to be mint or basil all the time. Explore with many herbs of the world. Citrus zest and juice add a punch that allow the drink to wake up the palate. If you want to create, consult your local farmers market for unique items.
How are you going to finish your drink? Fruit, herbs or edible flowers are great finishing notes that send your mocktail into completion. Garnishes can give your drink balance. Use fruit to balance the sweetness of the drink. Fresh herbs and edible flowers add a bright touch that’s picture perfect.
Sparkling Passionfruit Raspberry Limeade
Try this passion fruit limeade you won’t be satisfied with anything else. Sparkling water makes this a sparkling limeade that everyone loves.
Cook Time: 10 minutes
2 oz. Passionfruit Juice
2 oz. Orange Juice
10 Raspberries, Muddled
¾ oz. Lime Juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup
1 oz. Sparkling Water
Lime Slices for Garnish
Raspberries for Garnish
Mint Sprigs (optional)
In a cocktail shaker, muddle raspberries for 10–20 seconds. Add ice, passionfruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. In a glass, add ice. Pour limeade mixture into a glass. Top off with sparkling water. Stir. Garnish with raspberry and limeade. Enjoy!
Chef Ryan Rondeno
Private Chef to the Stars, Ryan Rondeno, is a true master of his trade and is ready to shake up the restaurant industry by bringing elegant dishes, bold flavor, and simple technique to the home front. His masterful cuisine has been relished at large-scale culinary events, gala dinners, and as a personal chef to some of the most notable names in the industry.
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