Do you ever have trouble knowing what drink to get when you go out with friends because you just don’t like the taste of alcohol? It can be hard to find drinks you won’t even know are alcoholic, and wine and beer are definitely out if you don’t have the taste for them. So what should you get? Here’s our list of the top cocktails to order if you’re a picky drinker!
1. Bahama Mama
One of my favorite drinks that you won’t even know is alcoholic is the Bahama Mama. It tastes like summer and the beach and all things happy. To make a Bahama Mama, you’ll need 1/2 an ounce of both white rum (like Bacardi) and coconut rum (Malibu). You also need 1/2 an ounce of grenadine, and 1 ounce each of orange juice and pineapple juice. Mix the rums and juices together, and add the grenadine last to create those pretty layers. Serve over ice or blend to enjoy a nice, cool frozen drink!
Another great drink that you won’t even know has alcohol in it is a Screwdriver. Incredibly easy to make and super yummy, Screwdrivers are my go-to when I’m not sure what to order. All you need is 2 ounces of vodka (I like a good Tito’s) and 5 ounces of orange juice. If you wanna get a little wild, add an extra splash of pineapple juice or any other tropical fruit juice. Then serve over ice or blend, and add an orange or pineapple slice to garnish!
A drink I recently discovered that you won’t even know has alcohol is a Zombie (which doesn’t look like how you’d think it would – I imagined something green). You need 1 ounce each of white rum, gold rum, and dark rum (some people also add an ounce of apricot brandy, but that’s completely up to you). Then you’ll need an ounce each of pineapple juice and papaya juice, and a splash of grenadine. Mix together the rum and juices, then pour the grenadine over everything last to get those colorful layers. Serve over ice and garnish with the fruit of your choice. This will easily become your new favorite drink and you’ll never wonder what to order again!
A fresh, light drink, Bellini’s are incredibly refreshing and you won’t even know there’s alcohol in them! It’s also incredibly simple. Basically, you just need a glass of prosecco mixed with one tablespoon of peach puree. It’s the perfect brunch drink, and your mom will always be impressed with classy you are. Bonus points if you make it yourself and serve it the next time your family comes over.
5. Mai Tai
Another yummy, fruity drink you won’t even know has alcohol in it is the Mai Tai. Mai Tai actually translates to “out of this world” in Tahitian, so you know it’s good! For this drink, you’ll need 1 1/2 ounce of white rum, 1/2 ounce of orange curaçao, 1/2 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice, and 1/2 ounce of orgeat (almond syrup). Mix these together and pour over ice. Then pour 1/2 ounce of dark rum on top, and garnish with a lime. This is the perfect beach drink, so you’ll know exactly what to order the next time you’re sitting on the sand, reading a book, and looking for a drink to sip.
6. Moscow Mule
For those who want a drink that they won’t even know has alcohol in it but who may not be into super fruity drinks, the Moscow mule is the one for you. All you need is two ounces of vodka, 1/2 ounce of lime juice, and 6 ounces of ginger beer. Mix and pour over ice into a copper mug, then garnish with mint and lime. This drink is light and refreshing, and even has its own specialty cup!
One of my absolute favorite cocktails that you won’t even know has alcohol in it is a Mojito. This is another drink that just tastes like summer and is the perfect poolside cocktail. To make a mojito, you’ll need mint leaves, 1/2 ounce of simple syrup, 2 ounces of white rum (definitely Bacardi here), 1/2 ounce of lime juice, and club soda to top. You’ll want to use a shaker for this one to get the taste of the mint without having giant mint leaves taking over your drink. Add all the ingredients except the soda to the shaker and mix. Pour over ice, top with club soda to give it a nice fizz, and add mint leaves and lime to garnish.
8. Mary Pickford Cocktail
This one is new to me, but super delicious (so good that you won’t even know it has alcohol!). For the Mary Pickford Cocktail, you’ll need two ounces of Bacardi, 1 1/2 ounces of pineapple juice, 1/6 ounce of maraschino liqueur, and 1/6 ounce of grenadine. Shake the Bacardi, juice, and liqueur together and pour over ice, adding the grenadine on top. Then garnish with a maraschino cherry.
9. Blood Orange Spritzer
I love blood oranges, so one is a must-order for me. And for those of you who want a classy drink that you won’t even know has alcohol, this will be a must-order for you, too. For this refreshing wine spritzer, you’ll need 1/2 cup of blood orange juice mixed with 1/2 cup of white wine (I like a good Riesling or Pinot Noir, but the wine is up to you!). Pour these over ice and top with 1/4 cup of club soda, then garnish with a blood orange slice.
10. Tequila Sunrise
I first had this drink during my trip overseas, and it’s been a favorite of mine ever since. Honestly speaking, I used to hate the taste of alcohol, but this one is another drink you won’t even know has alcohol. For a Tequila Sunrise, you’ll need 1 1/2 ounces of tequila, 3/4 cup of orange juice, and 3/4 ounces of grenadine. Mix the tequila and orange juice and pour over ice, then slowly pour the grenadine over the top. Garnish with an orange slice and you’re good to go!