Making Halloween mocktails can be a frightfully fun way to avoid overindulging in alcohol this 31st. With this in mind, our team shared and tested some of the best and spookiest alcohol-free witches’ brews out there, and these are our top picks! If you find you need more help with stopping drinking this Halloween, then Desistal could give you that extra physical and mental boost to stay on track.
Leechee Eyeball Blend
This is a favourite because it is so versatile. As long as you add the leechee eyeballs and green food colouring, you can use your favourite sparkling clear drink. As long as the drink is clear or light-coloured, it will work. I went for ginger ale, but we also had lemonade, ginger ale, soda and lime.
Clear soft drink of your choice
Leechees in Syrup (3-4 per drink)
Purple Grapes (3-4 per drink)
A few drops of green food colouring
Method: Stuff the grapes into the leechee fruit, 1 each to create the eyeballs. Pour your choice of soft drink with the leechee syrup to taste into your chosen glass. Add the green food dye to the drinks a few drops at a time until they are a bright green colour. Drop the leechee eyeballs into the glasses for the desired eyeball effect.
When it comes to fruit mocktails, seasonal is always best. Blackberries are great for their tart and strong flavour, and of course, they look the part for Halloween, too. Again, it also lets you choose your clear soft drink, except this time, the dye is all natural from the berries. You can decide how healthy to be. Choose between sugar and honey, or use a sweet soft drink.
Ripe blackberries (5-6 per drink)
Soda water or clear soft drink
1 tbsp sugar or honey (optional)
Method: Pour the ice, blackberries, mint and honey into a cocktail shaker, or if you do not have one, use a no-spill travel mug or two plastic cups with one upside down as a lid and shake. Divide between the glasses, then top up with your soft drink of choice.
The Pumpkin Phantom
Seasonal parties are about indulgence, and if you are staying away from alcohol, it can be helpful to indulge in something else. Again, variety is the spice of life, and this mocktail can be made with any type of milk or cream. Coconut cream or whipped dairy cream are top choices, and the milk can be anything from full-fat dairy to almond, cashew or oat milk.
1 cup milk (dairy, almond, oat)
1 cup coconut milk
Blended pumpkin (candy roaster is best)
6 tbsp of honey or maple syrup
2 tsp Madagascan vanilla extract
2 tbsp apple juice
Whipped cream (dairy or vegan) for topping
Chocolate sauce for topping
Method: Mix all the ingredients, excluding the toppings, in a blender until smooth with no chunks. Pour into a tall glass or Kilner decorate with cream to your own style, then use the chocolate sauce to make eyes and a mouth on the ‘cream ghosts’. If desired, you can paint an additional spooky design on the inside of the glass with chocolate sauce. Pour carefully if you do this so as not to smudge the design.
When you are trying not to drink, whether it is for health, mind or body or just to be more present in your life, seasonal parties can be a challenge. if you need a bit of extra help with cravings or side effects of stopping drinking, Desistal could help you stay on track.