If your week has been anything like mine, you have been spending countless hours studying for midterms or putting the final touches on midterm projects. It’s stressful; trust me, I know. The good thing about spring semester midterms: spring break follows! Whether you’re hoping on a plane to Florida or having your very own staycation, the one thing on your mind is the awesome parties.
Hold up. You’re not 21? No problem neither am I. Us underage co-eds need to stick together! Your friends may be sipping on a cosmo or an appletini, but so can you with just a few mocktail recipes. What’s a mocktail, you ask? A mocktail is a cocktail without any alcohol and perfect for the younger crowd of college students. Here’s a list of my top 5 mocktails from drinkalternatives.com that I’ll be sipping on this spring break as I travel to the frigid state of Minnesota.
1. Strawberry Daiquiri Mocktail
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and halved
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 medium sized ice cubes
Crush ice cubes in blender. Add all other ingredients, blend until icy and mixed. Slice a whole strawberry half-way through and place on rim of glass. Sprinkle with sugar. Serve in a daiquiri or cocktail glass.
2. Sex on the Beach Mocktail (sometimes called Safe Sex on the Beach)
- 3 Tablespoons peach nectar
- 1/2 cup cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
Place ice at bottom of glass. Pour in peach nectar followed by cranberry and pineapple juice. Serve in an old-fashioned lowball glass.
3. Pink Shampagne
- 1 1/2 cups Sparkling apple cider, chilled
- 1 1/2 cups Sparkling cherry-flavored mineral water
(or club soda mixed with cherry flavoring syrup)
- 1 cup Cranberry juice
Stir all ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Serve in a champagne flute.
4. Chocolate Martini Mocktail
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 Tablespoons chocolate syrup
- crushed ice
Place milk, chocolate syrup, and crushed ice in blender. Blend until icy and slushy. Add ice as needed. Coat the glass rims with cocoa powder or chocolate sprinkles. Top with a chocolate covered cherry. Serve in a martini glass.
5. Pina Colada Mocktail
- 3/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup coconut cream
Crush ice in blender. Add pineapple juice and coconut cream. Blend briefly, until all ingredients are icy and mixed. Throw in a maraschino cherry and add a wedge of pineapple to the top of the glass. Serve in a Collins glass or margarita glass.
Kelsey Schirm is a junior at Iowa State University pursuing a double major in Journalism & Mass Communication and Art & Design. She loves exercising, cooking, and being outdoors.