The global celebration of cocktails falls on May 13, but if you're on temporary sobriety, consider preparing these 11 non-alcoholic recipes

This story was originally published on June 17, 2020, and updated on May 4, 2022.

World Cocktail Day falls on May 13 this year. But if you’ve opted for a sober curious lifestyle—which means taking a break from alcohol or giving it up completely—try making yourself one of these recipes that use non-alcoholic spirits as your base. They are zero-proof yet perfectly capture the taste and aroma of the traditional spirit, ensuring you still enjoy the full flavours of your favourite tipple without getting a hangover. That said, here are recipes shared by Lyre's, Kin Euphorics, Seedlip and Melato to get you started.

1. No-Groni

INGREDIENTS

  • 60ml Melati Classic
  • 30ml orange juice
  • Splash of tonic water
  • Ice cubes

METHOD

  1. Build all ingredients into a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Garnish with a blood orange slice.

2. Minosa

INGREDIENTS

  • 50ml Seedlip Grove 42
  • 35ml fresh chilled orange juice
  • 15ml  passionfruit pulp
  • Cold soda water

METHOD

  1. Add all ingredients to a flute, top with sparkling soda & stir gently.
  2. Garnish with an edible flower.

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3. Negroni

INGREDIENTS

  • 30ml Lyre's Dry London Spirit
  • 30ml Lyre's Apéritif Rosso
  • 30ml Lyre's Italian Orange
  • Orange slice (for garnish)

METHOD

  1. Add all ingredients to an Old Fashioned glass and stir briefly over fresh, cubed ice.

4. Grove 42 Margarita

INGREDIENTS

  • 50ml Seedlip Grove 42
  • 1tbsp agave syrup
  • 20ml fresh lime juice
  • Ice
  • Lime and salt (for garnish) 

METHOD

  1. Run a lime wedge around the outside of the tumbler glass rim, then roll the rim in salt.
  2. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake, then strain into the tumbler.
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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5. Espresso Martini

INGREDIENTS

  • 45ml Lyre's Coffee Originale
  • 15ml Lyre's White Cane Spirit
  • 45ml premium cold drip or fresh espresso
  • 7.5ml premium vanilla syrup
  • Coffee bean float

METHOD

  1. Dry shake and half fill the shaker with ice. Shake hard briefly, then fine strain.    
  2. Pour the mixture into a coupette cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with coffee bean float.

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6. Mojito

INGREDIENTS

  • 75ml Lyre's white cane spirit
  • 30ml lime juice
  • 15ml white sugar syrup (1:1)
  • 8 to10 mint leaves
  • 30ml soda water
  • Lime wheel and mint sprig (for garnish)

METHOD

  1. Add all ingredients into a Highball glass. Fill with fresh cubed ice, stir and add soda.
  2. Garnish with a lime wheel and plump mint sprig.

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7. Melati Sour

INGREDIENTS

  • 60ml Melati Classic
  • 20ml Lime Juice
  • 10ml agave syrup
  • Ice cubes

METHOD

  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled.
  2. Strain into a martini glass over ice and garnish with a lime wheel.

8. Garden Booch

INGREDIENTS

  • 50ml Seedlip Garden 108
  • Passionfruit kombucha
  • Ice
  • A sprig of mint (for garnish)

METHOD

  1. Build over ice, stir and garnish.
  2. Pour the mixture into a tumbler or tall glass.

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9. Kin Pomme

INGREDIENTS

  • 2oz Kin High Rhode
  • 1oz pomegranate soda
  • 1/2oz ginger syrup
  • 1/2oz lemon juice
  • 5 dashes of aromatic bitters
  • 1 spring of rosemary
  • Cubed ice

METHOD

  1. Add ice to a mixing glass. Pour in High Rhode, pomegranate soda, ginger syrup, lemon juice, and aromatic bitters. Stir for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain with a fine-mesh strainer straight up into a coupe.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

10. Kincolada

INGREDIENTS

  • 2oz Kin High Rhode
  • 1oz coconut milk
  • 1oz pineapple juice
  • 1 pinch of spirulina
  • 1 bar spoon of ginger syrup
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • Cubed ice

METHOD

  1. Pour all ingredients into a shaker, add ice, and shake mindfully for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into a wine glass or snifter over fresh ice. Top with a pinch of cinnamon and your choice of garnish.

11. Watermelon Daiquiri

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 parts Melati Classic
  • 1 part fresh watermelon juice
  • 1/2 part lime juice
  • Touch of brown sugar
  • Ice cubes

METHOD

  1. Dissolve sugar in the watermelon juice in a shaker.
  2. Add Melati Classic, lime juice and ice.
  3. Shake until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass over ice.
  4. Garnish with a watermelon slice.
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