The Mocktail Grows Up!

Mixologists -- or bartenders, as they used to be known -- have gotten serious about creating non-alcoholic cocktails. The concoctions are so delicious, you’ll want to be the designated driver. Mocktails are also great if you don’t drink alcohol, are taking a break from booze, or have already hit your limit for the night but don’t want to switch to plain seltzer.

Here are two easy mocktails to make at home.

Virgin Coconut Margarita
from Casa Vega, Los Angeles

1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice

1 ounce coconut cream, such as Coco Lopez

1 ounce pineapple juice

1 ounce sweet-and-sour mix

1/2 cup ice

whipped cream (optional)

Place all ingredients, except for whipped cream, in blender. Puree. Serve topped with whipped cream.


from Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, California

1 apple (cut into six or eight pieces if you’re using a blender that isn’t very powerful)

Handful of kale

2 cups sliced or diced pineapple

1 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Place ingredients one at a time into juicer or blender. Puree. Strain into a mason jar and serve over ice.