To distill it down, a mocktail has no alcoholic spirits, while a cocktail does. But the true difference between mocktails and cocktails is much more than that. We all know cocktails are delicious–take our Tangerine Margarita, for example–but do not sleep on mocktails. A proper mocktail is perfectly mixed to account for the lack of alcohol and can slay just as hard as its alcoholic counterparts. In this article, we’ll share some of the secrets behind mixing a fierce mocktail and cocktail and how we’ve created ready-to-drink cocktails and mocktails that keep the crowd cheering even after the show is over.
How to Mix the Perfect Mocktail
Creating a perfect mocktail is no easy task. Simply removing the alcohol from a classic cocktail will often leave your palate uninspired…and we need the drama, mama. So, how does the team at HOUSE OF LOVE mix their perfect mocktails? One classic mocktail combination is sparkling water and lime, which helps trick your brain into thinking you are drinking a cocktail, as this is a pairing often used in classic cocktails. The Ginger Mule Mocktail is a great example of this. It mixes ginger and fresh lime in a sparkling water base and makes for a drink as fabulous as Mother RuPaul herself.
What Makes a Great Mocktail?
It’s hard to find great mocktails, especially when you’re out at bars, restaurants, or the liquor store. When you’re evaluating mocktails, look for drinks that were mixed as mocktails first, and if it’s an LGBTQIA-friendly brand…well, that’s a winner, baby. Our Colada mocktail is a perfect example of a beautifully branded LGBTQIA drink, minus the alcohol. It’s a ready-to-drink mocktail that serves charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent as it balances the sweetness of the pineapple with the creaminess of the coconut, perfect for long days at the beach.
The Perfect Cocktail
There are two main categories of cocktails. Category is: sour and aromatic. Aromatic cocktails often use bitters, vermouth, or other spirits to add that star-factor to a drink. A stunning example of this is an Old Fashioned. Sour cocktails use fruit juices as their base, creating a refreshing and sweet experience. Because of the fruit base, the perfect sour cocktail uses high-quality ingredients and real fresh fruit juice. Match real fruit juice with top-shelf alcohol, and you’ll be ready to sissy that walk. Our Strawberry Daquiri is perfection, made with real fruit juice and a rich white rum. Apart from the spirit and fruit juice or bitters, most cocktails add a little bit of sugar or simple syrup to leave a sweet aftertaste.
Mixing an LGBTQIA Cocktail or Mocktail
Looking to have an LGBTQIA cocktail or mocktail with your squirrel friends and Good Judys? A pomegranate lime vodka is a classic go-to that never disappoints. To mix your own, use 2 parts vodka, 1 part lime juice, and 1 ½ part pomegranate juice. If you’d rather enjoy a professionally mixed canned cocktail, check out our Pomegranate Lime Vodka to get your life.