Non-alcoholic drinks might be called “mocktails” but there is nothing to mock about them. Mocktails are drinks designed to taste and look like a regular cocktail except for one key factor—it doesn’t have a stitch of alcohol. That’s why these cocktail impostures are oftentimes the go-to for many sober individuals. But they’re also a great replacement for individuals who are simply trying to be healthy.
There are some actual benefits of choosing a mocktail over a traditional cocktail:
- Without alcohol, mocktails have fewer calories*. This is the main draw for those trying to lose weight (although you still have to watch the added mixtures, which can contain a lot of sugar. More on that in this piece).
- You will act more like yourself. Without the alcohol, there is no impaired state on your mind or effect on your body, and you’ll be able to act more like yourself
- You’ll be more comfortable socializing. Most people drink to feel comfortable and, frankly, to have something to do with their hands at social events. With a mocktail in hand, you’ll still have the feel of drinking a regular cocktail but without the worry if you’re too tipsy or if your behavior is altered. It’s comforting, like coffee on a table.
- No hangover. Perhaps the best part about choosing a mocktail over a cocktail is that without alcohol you can’t wake up hungover the next day. Your mind will be fog-free and clear.
Getting back to the health benefits. Many wonder how many calories are in alcohol? Per serving, here’s a breakdown:
- Beer can range from 103 to 350 calories
- Gin at 80 proof is 97 calories proof is 116 calories
- Rum is the same as gin, with 97 to 116 calories
- Vodka is also the same at 80 proof is 97 calories proof is 116 calories
- Whiskey is similar as well, ranging from 97 calories to 116
- Meanwhile, coffee liquor is 160 calories for every 1.5 oz
- Creme de menthe has a whopping 186 calories each 1.5oz serving
Strangely, while listing the calories pertaining to food has become the norm for many menus it hasn’t been streamlined for drinks. You’ll see the entrees listed but not the cocktail specials. And that’s because there are so many variations in cocktails whereas food is more streamlined.
As for some of the most popular drinks out there, here’s a snapshot of what your favorite go-to beverage is packing calorie wise.
- That Bloody Mary at brunch will contain 120 calories
- And it’s sister drink the Mimosa is only 75 calories
- Your favorite Cosmopolitan has 146 calories
- If you’re feeling a beach day, the daiquiri is 137 calories
- Meanwhile, the delicious Mai Tai is 306 calories
- You may reconsider the Pina Colada, at 526 calories
- The margarita is 168 calories
- A highball is 110 calories
- Vodka tonic has 189 calories, so clear isn’t always better
- A White Russian will land you at 568 calories
Love wine? White wines typically range from 128 to 130 calories. Red wines go from 121 to 129 calories. And dessert wines are approximately 157 to 165 calories.
Now that you know, here are three healthy fall cocktails to impress and go guilt-free this season.
Using a herbal tonic, this is the perfect transition drink to go from summer to fall. Because when you say “lemonade” it’s hard not to imagine a hot day and a cool stand.
All you need are:
- 2 tsp Digestion Lemonade Superfood Powder (or you can opt for a different herbal tonic)
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 1 tea bag of choice
- 1 tsp honey
Mix these ingredients in your favorite mug, serve hot, and sip carefully!
A Rose Cacao Latte
As the temperatures drop you’ll love this drink either morning or night. Lattes are comforting during the week and rose can calm you down so quickly.
Grab your favorite mocktail glass and mix in the following:
- ½ cup hot water
- 1 tbsp sugar or agave
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp Cacao Clarity Superfood Powder
- 1 cup plant milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp rose water
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- Dried rose petals for garnish, optional
Serve warm and enjoy!
This Ginger Digestif will soothe your stomach after any meal. All you need is:
- 4 oz herbal tonic ginger
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- Splash of orange juice
- Rosemary or candied ginger for garnish
As you make these three fall mocktails that are certain to impress your friends, enjoy the moment with them. Each of these recipes, and the countless others out there, have a stereotype as being limiting. But it’s quite the opposite. A mocktail isn’t restrictive because it doesn’t have alcohol, it is opening a new gate of possibilities because you don’t have the worry about the negative aftermath of alcohol (hangovers and unnecessary calories). So stir, sip, and savor!