Hot and cold mocktails to keep you going through lockdown

If nothing else, the colours and flavours of these non-alcoholic drinks will trick you into believing they're the real deal. Cheers!

17 May 2020 - 00:00 By Hilary Biller and Capsicum Culinary Studio
Mulled red grape juice.
Mulled red grape juice.
Image: 123RF/David Cabrera Navarro


If stocks of red wine are running low, try this trusty winter chill-busting recipe that uses red grape juice instead.

Serves: 4-6


1 litre red grape juice

Zest and juice of 2 oranges

1 sliced orange

250ml (1 cup) cranberry or pomegranate juice

1 sliced lemon or lime

1 stick of cinnamon

5 cloves

5ml (1 tsp) ground nutmeg

1 bay leaf

3 allspice berries

1 star anise

A generous knob of finely sliced ginger

30ml (1 tbsp) pomegranate molasses or syrup


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 15 minutes over a low heat.
  2. Remove from the heat and allow to stand for at least 30 minutes for the flavours to infuse.
  3. Just before serving heat through and serve with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries and extra citrus slices. 
Ice-o-lation mocktail.
Ice-o-lation mocktail.
Image: Capsicum Culinary Studio


Run out of spirits to give your mixed drinks a boozy kick? This mocktail still hits the spot sans alcohol.

Serves: 2


250ml (1 cup) fresh orange juice

5ml (1 tbsp) lemon or lime juice


250ml (1 cup) soda or sparkling water (or ginger ale or bitter lemon)

A dash of sugar, optional

Pinch of salt

Handful of mint leaves


  1. Mix the orange and lemon or lime juice in a jug.
  2. Fill two glasses with ice and pour the juice mixture in the glass till half full.
  3. Add the soda or sparkling water, a dash of sugar if desired and a pinch of salt.
  4. Lightly crush the mint leaves and divide between the 2 glasses.
  5. Pop in an eco-friendly straw and garnish with a slice of orange and enjoy.