No-fail mocktails for Dry July!


Want to enjoy the delightful and refreshing taste of cocktails – but without the alcohol?

In honour of Dry July – where participants give up alcohol throughout the month of July to help raise funds for people affected by cancer – we have sourced our favourite mocktail recipes to give you a tastebud-tingling, liver-loving experience. Bottoms up!


Snuggles on the Beach

As you may have guessed, this is the alcohol-free version of the infamous Sex on the Beach cocktail. Perfect for those times when you just want to spoon…

Version 1

  • 90mL cranberry juice
  • 90mL grapefruit juice
  • 60mL peach nectar

Mix the ingredients and serve over ice.

Version 2

Cuddles are nice, but are you starting to feel perhaps a tad frisky and want to spice things up? Simply add some fizzy drink for that extra sparkle!

  • 60mL cranberry juice
  • 60mL grapefruit juice
  • 60mL peach nectar
  • 60mL lemon/lime soft drink (or tonic/mineral water)

Mix the ingredients and serve over ice.

Link to the original recipes from mix that drink here.

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Virgin Mary

Virgin Mary knows that abstinence makes the heart – not to mention the liver – grow fonder. She is healthier than her more well-known cousin, Bloody Mary, but just as saucy (geddit?)

  • 2 ice cubes
  • 150ml tomato juice
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 3 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • Celery stick and tomato, to garnish

Place ice cubes in a tall glass. Pour the tomato juice over the ice, then add the lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.  Stir and serve with garnish.

Link to the original recipe from GoodtoKnow here.


Not toddy

An alcohol-free, crockpot (crocktail?) version of the hot toddy which will still warm your insides. Perfect for the cold weather and that Christmas in July feel.

  • 3.75 litres water
  • 8 herbal tea bags
  • 2.5-5 cm fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  •  cup honey
  • 2 lemons, sliced

Put water, tea bags, ginger, cinnamon and honey in a crockpot on the highest setting. Steep for a couple of hours until hot, then ladle into cups and add lemons. (Serves 12)

Link to original recipe from Elana’s Pantry here.



If you need a bit more pep in your step, here is a nice caffeinated mocktail. Introducing the coff-tail!

  • 60 ml of strong brewed coffee or a double espresso shot chilled
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 220ml coconut milk
  • 1 tsp raw honey (or maple syrup)
  • Ice cubes

Mix all ingredients either by hand or using a cocktail shaker. Pour over ice in a tumbler.

Link to the original recipe from Fitter Food here.


Warming Apple Cider

Cider is growing in popularity as an alcoholic drink. However, here is a non-alcoholic version that is warm, just as delicious and a decent contributor towards your 2 & 5!

  • 1 litre apple juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cloves
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, sliced (leave skin on)

In large pot, combine apple juice, water, cloves, cinnamon sticks and orange, and bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for at least 15 minutes.

Link to original recipe from Elana’s Pantry here. 




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