5 delicious low-calorie alcohol-free cocktails that you can make and enjoy at home for your virtual Friday (after work) drinks

“No amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well made cocktail.”

– David Sedaris

It’s Friday and even when you are working from home, this still means that your weekend is about to begin and looking at the above quote, let’s kick it off with some fantastic cocktails. Why not organise a virtual drink with colleagues or friends to enjoy them in good virtual company?

Because there is a tendency of drinking too much alcohol in stressful situations (and let’s face it: many of us experience the corona crisis as quite stressful), I have collected 5 magnificent mocktails for you and tried them out myself before posting them here. They are super easy to prepare, look awesome, taste delicious and are not only alcohol-free, but low on calories as well. What more do you want !?!

Read on for recipes, so you can kick off your weekend (and the next ones) in style, taking care of your emotional and physical well-being. Cheers!

Cute cucumber ginger ale cocktail

This cocktail does not only taste great, it looks great as well, thanks to the cucumber ribbons in your glass and that rosemary twig adding a special twist.

  • You need a cucumber, some ice-cubes, a bottle of ginger ale and a twig of rosemary.
  • Use a knife or mandolin (for my Dutch readers: gebruik een kaasschaaf) to slice two or three long thin ribbons. Roll them up, put them in a whiskey glass, add 2 ice cubes and the ginger ale and decorate with that twig of rosemary. Cheers!

Like a virgin Hugo

The Hugo is a highly popular drink here in Switzerland, normally prepared with sparkling white wine. It tastes very good without the wine too.

  • You need some elderflower syrup, sparkling mineral water and a lime and some mint leaves. When you prefer a somewhat sweeter taste, you can also use a combination of sparkling mineral water and something like 7-up or Sprite (or Elmer Citro for my Swiss readers). I am happy with mineral water only.
  • Crush a few mint leaves and put those with some elderflower syrup and some lime juice in the bottom of a wine glass. Top up with mineral water, add a few ice-cubes and decorate with some mint leaves and a slice of lime! Cheers!

Aperol Spritz look-a-like

Like the Hugo, the Aperol Spritz is highly popular, especially when the weather gets sunny and warm. That may have to do with the orange colour of the drink. The alcohol free version looks exactly the same and tastes equally delicious.

  • You need a bottle of crodino, some mineral water, some ice-cubes and a slice of orange. Like with the Hugo above, you can add something like 7-up/Sprite/Elmer Citro when you prefer a sweeter taste.
  • Pour the crodino in a wineglass, add mineral water and ice-cubes. Decorate with a slice of orange. I always put 2 small parts of orange in my glass as well, since it looks great. Cheers!

Ice-cold strawberry poptail

This one will be a hit with your children, because the cocktail contains an ice-lolly!

  • You need 2-3 strawberries, an ice-lolly (strawberry or other red fruit) and mineral water. In this recipe you can also add something like 7-up/Sprite/Elmer Citro when you prefer a sweeter taste.
  • Cut the strawberries in half, put them in a whisky glass, add mineral water and the ice-lolly and serve and enjoy right away. Cheers!

Espresso Tonic

Maybe you would like to have some caffeine to boost your energy level after a full working week. That’s why I have added this cocktail, the espresso tonic.

  • You need a cold espresso (30 ml would do), some tonic, 4-5 ice-cubes (and a slice of lime).
  • Take a long drink glass and fill it with the ice-cubes. Pour tonic in the glass so it is filled for around 3/4. Then you slowly and carefully pour the cold espresso over the ice-cubes.
  • It looks amazing, since you keep 2 different drinks in your class (or not since it does not always work out equally beautifully, but the taste is fabulous).
  • Decorate with a slice of lime. Cheers!

Let your weekend start in style!




(Dutch websites only this time)

  • I found the recipe for the cute cucumber cocktail and the strawberry poptail on the website of Allerhande. All information there is in Dutch (sorry dear Swiss and international readers). For the Dutch: Er zijn 39 mocktail reception te vinden daar!
  • The Espresso Tonic was one of several coffee recipes on the Linda website (again a Dutch one – sorry guys). Er staan nog 4 lekkere recepten in hetzelfde artikel. Allemaal absolute aanraders!
  • The other recipes and all photos are my own.


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  1. What a great idea! Gerben and I had a alcohol free month in Match. Not that we drink much but just wanted to try. I missed some wine at dinner. We only drink in the weekend at dinner and on Friday night I love some Tia Maria with my coffeee! Crodino is what I am going to order immediatly! And I will try that Expresso cocktail as In love a Expresso Martini! Enjoy your alcohol free weekend!

    1. Thanks Nancy, I will. Let me know what you think of the Aperol Spritz look-a-like.

      It’s very easy to have all the ingredients to make these 5 mocktails at home all the time by the way, since you only need so few of them. I often have most of it in my kitchen, so whenever I feel like it or get a spontaneous visit (this was pre-Corona of course) I can make something good looking and delicious tasting.

      Have a lovely weekend too! Love, Lieske

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