Recipe by: Valerie Musser

Whether you are the designated driver or just want to be a little healthier, alcohol free mocktails make everyone feel a part of the party. One of the more exciting aspects of cocktails is the combining of different flavors, to create a drink that not only excites the tastebuds but looks amazing. Mocktails or “Zero Proof” drinks, do not have to be just juice. Here are three great alcohol-free recipes for you to try at your next social event, romantic dinner or just because you want to treat yourself. The beauty of these drinks is that they can be enjoyed any time of the day.

All three of the drink recipes included in this tutorial start with one similar ingredient. Apple Juice made from KORU® apples. KORU® apples are a fabulous cooking apple with hints of honey and spice making it an exceptional addition to most any recipe.

KORU® Apple Juice

Ingredients

  • 6- KORU® Apples cored and cubed
  • 10 cups water

Directions

Place the apples in a large pot with water and bring to a boil for 30 minutes. Strain with a colander or cheesecloth to remove the large pieces of cooked apple. Cool completely and refrigerate. Homemade apple juice has no preservatives and must be refrigerated and consumed within one week. After cooling completely, your apple juice is ready to be used in these three great mocktail recipes!

Appletini Mocktail

Ingredients

  • Sugar for rimming glass
  • ½ cup fresh KORU® apple juice
  • ½ tbsp. simple syrup
  • ¼ cup pink lemonade
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish
  • Apple slices for garnish

*KORU® apples are slow to brown making them excellent for garnish use!

Directions

Rim your cocktail glass with sugar. Pour your apple juice, simple syrup, lemonade and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker or mason jar (with lid) filled with ice. Shake it well. Strain into your prepared cocktail glass. Garnish with rosemary sprig and thin sliced apples.

Moscow Mule Mocktail

Ingredients

  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • ½ cup ginger beer
  • ½ cup fresh KORU® apple juice
  • ½ tbsp. lemon juice
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish
  • Sugar for rimming glass

Directions

Add all the above ingredients to a cocktail shaker or mason jar (with lid) and shake vigorously. Pour over ice, in a sugar rimmed mug, add a cinnamon stick and enjoy this spicy drink!

KORU® Apple Fizz

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of fresh KORU® Apple Juice
  • ¼ chilled ginger beer
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Sage leaves
  • Club Soda

Directions

Fill champagne glass halfway with club soda. Add apple juice, ginger beer, honey and sage leaves to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour entire contents over club soda. Garnish with an apple slice.

Enjoy!

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