4 delicious mocktail recipes to see you through the holidays & dry January

Love our Private Collection fragrances? We used 4 of your favourite scents as inspiration for these chic mocktails.


Ever wondered what a Rituals candle would taste like if it was a drink? Probably not, but I bet you’re wondering now. I’ve created four non-alcoholic cocktails based on the Private Collection ranges – Fresh, Floral, Rich and Comfort - and I can tell you now, they taste as great as the ranges smell.


Whether you’re doing dry Jan, giving up the booze for good or just fancy a refreshing drink, this festive season, less alcohol is not only good for your physical health, but also for your mental health! And once you discover how delicious mocktails are, a universe will open up – one that proves you can make exciting drinks without alcohol and where you can let your creativity run wild. 

Fresh mocktail


Fresh grapefruit cocktail with sage


Serves: 1


This mocktail is particularly rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system, aids in wound healing, and contributes to skin and connective tissue health. Plus, it tastes dreamy.


- Juice of 1 grapefruit

- 1 sprig of sage

- 100 ml sparkling water

- Handful of crushed ice

- 1 lime


  1. Put the grapefruit juice in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Add the sage sprig and simmer for 5 minutes to allow the flavour of the sage to soak in. 
  2. Let the juice cool completely in the refrigerator. 
  3. Fill your glass with crushed ice and add the grapefruit juice. 
  4. Dilute with sparkling water.
  5. Use a peeler to take a piece of the lime peel and use it for the finishing touch.


Prep time: 10 minutes

Floral mocktail


Jasmine cocktail with mandarin and rose


Apart from being alcohol-free, this cocktail is based on green tea, which has been associated with potential heart health benefits, including reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Tangerines are a great source of vitamin C and the aroma of roses adds to the soothing experience. 


Serves: 1

Prep time: 10 minutes

Tools: kettle, juicer


- 1 bag of jasmine tea

- 2 tangerines

- 1 tbsp rose water

- 1 tbsp rosebuds

- Crushed ice


  1. Brew a cup of jasmine tea and let cool completely.
  2. Squeeze the juice from the tangerines and collect it in a bowl. Stir the rosewater into the tangerine juice. 
  3. Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour in the tangerine-rose mixture. Top up with the jasmine tea. Finish with the rosebuds. 


Rich mocktail


Mocktail with kombucha, fig and juniper


If you haven’t tried it before, kombucha is a fermented drink that has numerous health benefits attached to it, especially because of the probiotics that are beneficial to the intestinal flora. Its taste is also more mature than other soft drinks, making it the ideal base for mocktails. 


Serves: 1

Prep time: 10 minutes

Tools: mortar and pestle


- 1 fresh fig

- 200 ml ginger kombucha

- ½ tsp maple syrup

- 100 ml sparkling water

- 3 juniper berries


  1. Remove the flesh from the fig and pound to a pulp in a small bowl or mortar. 
  2. Spoon the pulp into a glass and drizzle the maple syrup on top. 
  3. Dilute with ginger kombucha and sparkling water. Finish the cocktail with the juniper berries. Serve with a straw.


Comfort mocktail


Violet-cherry fizz


This mocktail is pure comfort in a drink. The rich flavours of cherry and violet provide living proof that alcohol is not a requirement for an engaging thirst quencher. Get ready to enjoy every sip.


Serves: 1

Prep time: 10 minutes

Tools: cocktail shaker with strainer

Note: best to use a smaller glass, full coupe not filled with this serving


- Handful of cherries, halved

- Juice of 1 lime

- 1 tbsp violet syrup

- 1 egg white

- Ice cubes

- Violet leaves (optional)


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half with ice cubes and half with cherries. Add the lime juice, violet syrup and egg white and shake well, until you see a frosting on the shaker. 
  2. Strain the cocktail out into a pretty glass and garnish with a fresh violet leaf, if desired. 


Winnie Verswijvel

Winnie Verswijvel

Trading her psychology books for cookbooks, Winnie Verswijvel now creates recipes and writes culinary articles for various clients. A woman of many talents, she also doubles as a food stylist and steps behind the camera to shoot pictures of the delicious plates she makes.  

This Flemish food lover fell in love with Amsterdam, where she has been turning her kitchen upside down for several years now. Often found strolling local markets carrying a huge pile of vegetables, Winnie does not shy away from a little spice and is always on the lookout for surprising flavours.