Cocktails and Mocktails: Meanings, Differences and SimilaritiesWritten by David MasifonPosted on 02 14, 2017
Today, alcohol is in the very fabric of almost every adult culture anywhere in the world. Wine and Beer are consumed at almost all times of the day, whether as ice-breakers when meeting new people or as an essential part of our celebration when with friends and family. Drinking is fashionable and trendy in today’s world. As a result, cocktails and mocktails are two different types of popular drinks which are often confused for each other.
Simply put, cocktails are mixed alcoholic drinks. They are mixed either as one type of alcohol with juices, as a soft drink and other fruits or as multiple alcoholic drinks with juices or ice tea. Mocktails, on the other hand, are any mixed drinks that don’t contain alcohol. The name “mocktail” is derived from the word “mock” meaning to “imitate or mimic”. Mocktails are imitations of cocktails in the sense that they seem similar to them, but do not have alcohol or any other spirits.
According to The Oxford English Dictionary, a cocktail must have at least one spirit, one sweet or sugary drink and one sour or bitter drink. Initially, cocktails were a mixture of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters but the definition has expanded to include any mixed drink that contains alcohol. Cocktails can include juices, cream, sugar, honey, fruits, herbs and/or soda.
Many mocktails are actually made following steps to create specific cocktails, but with all alcoholic ingredients left out. Such mocktails are given the same name as the cocktail with a “Virgin” in front. For example, Piña Colada, a coconut or pineapple cocktail containing white rum becomes a mocktail called Virgin Piña Colada, with the rum left out of the mix. Mocktails are made using juices, cream, sugar, honey, fruits, herbs and/or soda.
Cocktails and mocktails are both served in bars and restaurants all over the world. Popular cocktails and mocktails include Bloody Mary, Virgin Mary, Mimosa, Mockmosa, Mojito, Nojito, Sex on the Beach, Cuddles on the Beach, Hurricane, Hurricane Mocktail, and many more.