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It’s Friday — time for a drink.

The Daily Proposition often suggests a tipple. We urged you to try a new wine, play a drinking game, or go to a restaurant with a great wine list. But there are some social occasions when you don’t want anything alcoholic. You might be driving home. Maybe you’re recovering from a big night out. Or perhaps you just don’t feel like drinking. What are you left with? Diet Coke or lemon squash? Not exactly inspiring choices.

In honour of Dry July, Crikey presents awesome mocktails that are delicious, easy to make, and promise all the fun of the night before without the pain of the morning after.

Two-tone punch

The MasterChef contestants made Neopolitan cake with two different coloured layers. It was a disaster. This is way easier.

  • Orange juice
  • Lemonade
  • Raspberry cordial

Mix equal parts orange juice and lemonade. Then gently add the raspberry cordial, a few drops at a time. It will colour the base pink and leave the top orange, causing your guests to ooh and ahh at your artistic skills.

Clear apple punch

This tends to be a popular choice at parties. Drink it quickly or you’ll miss out.

  • Sparkling grape juice
  • Apple juice (clear, not cloudy)
  • A lime
  • Fresh mint leaves

Pour equal parts apple juice and sparkling grape juice into a pitcher. Add the juice of half a lime, then tear up a small handful of mint leaves and add those too. Stir well.

No-Lynch Lemonade

A variation on the cowboy’s cocktail, Lynchburg Lemonade. You can drink heaps of them without wanting to lynch anyone.

  • Lemonade
  • Lime cordial

Fill a rocks glass with lemonade. Top with a slurp of lime cordial and stir well.

Almost Cosmopolitans

Cranberry juice may help cure cancer and heart disease. Dr Karl says so. Top tip: cranberry juice comes in both glass and plastic bottles. The plastic ones are the same size and not as heavy to carry.

  • Cranberry juice
  • A lime

Fill a pitcher with cranberry juice. Add the juice of a whole lime and stir well. Don’t be surprised when it doesn’t taste sweet. You could add some lemonade, but then you don’t get to feel quite as smug and self-satisfied about your healthy, sugar-free, alcohol-free, cancer-curing and thoroughly delicious beverage.

Mulled cranberry juice

I spent last Christmas in Paris, trudging through the snow to work at an international office. At the staff Christmas party, they drank mulled wine. With the help of the internet, I found an alternative.

  • Cranberry juice
  • An orange
  • Cinnamon (ground cinnamon is fine, but you could use cinnamon sticks and scoop them out before serving)

Pour the cranberry juice into a saucepan. Add a couple of thick slices of orange and a good dash of cinnamon. Let it simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it starts to reduce. Serve in mugs and drink while swapping tales of homesickness.

Shirley Temple

The classic mocktail, named after the child actress. Many recipes suggest adding grenadine but I prefer it without.

  • Orange juice
  • Dry ginger ale

Mix two parts of orange juice to one part of dry ginger ale. Stir well. Drink while sharing Shirley Temple trivia. Did you know that when she grew up she served as the US Ambassador to Ghana?

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