Ginger Apple Fizz Mocktail

A fresh fruity mocktail with a refreshing sweet apple juice and spicy ginger beer, balanced with the coolness of mint and the warmth of vanilla. It's super versatile, insanely yummy and it looks and smells divine, making it perfect for any occasion!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
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This mocktail offers a refreshing and complex flavour profile, blending ginger beer, apple juice, mint, and vanilla. A bangin’ alternative for those who prefer not to consume alcohol, yet crave a flavourful and refreshing beverage like me! The spicy kick of ginger, sweetness of apple, coolness of mint, and warmth of vanilla harmonise perfectly, tantalising the taste buds.

Glass mason jar on pink plate surrounded by lime slices, apples and ginger beer.

Why This Recipe Is Amazing

  1. Refreshing Ingredients: The combination of ginger beer, apple juice, and mint creates a refreshing and cooling effect, making it ideal for hot summer days. The crispness of the apple juice and the invigorating spice of the ginger beer provide instant relief from the heat.
  2. Light and Hydrating: Unlike heavy alcoholic beverages, the ginger apple fizz is light and hydrating, making it a great choice for staying refreshed and quenching thirst during the warmer months. It helps keep you hydrated while also offering a burst of flavour.
  3. Versatility: This ginger mocktail is versatile and can be enjoyed by all on various occasions. Whether you’re hosting a gathering with friends, relaxing at home, or seeking a non-alcoholic option at a party, this mocktail is sure to impress. Its simple yet sophisticated flavours appeal to a wide range of tastes.
Apple, lime slices and ginger - all the ingredients used for this mocktail recipe

What ingredients are needed

  • Ginger Beer:
    • Ginger beer is a non-alcoholic carbonated beverage made from ginger, sugar, and water. It’s known for its spicy and zesty flavour profile, which comes from the ginger root. Ginger beer provides the dominant ginger flavour, giving the drink its characteristic kick and depth.
  • Apple Juice:
    • Apple juice adds a sweet and fruity element to the mocktail. It balances out the spiciness of the ginger beer and provides a refreshing and crisp taste. We prefer a ‘cloudy’ apple juice as it offers a more pronounced apple taste compared to clear varieties, thanks to its natural pulp. The bonus is that it is less processed meaning it retains more nutrients, including fibre and antioxidants, than its clear counterpart.
  • Mint Leaves:
    • Mint leaves bring a refreshing and aromatic quality to the drink. Muddling the mint releases its essential oils, which infuse the drink with a cool and herbaceous flavour. The mint also complements the sweetness of the apple juice and adds a hint of freshness to each sip.
  • Vanilla Extract:
    • Vanilla extract adds a subtle but distinctive flavour to the mocktail. Its warm and sweet undertones complement the spicy notes of the ginger and the fruity sweetness of the apple juice. The vanilla extract enhances the overall complexity of the drink, providing depth and richness to the flavour profile.

How to make this Ginger & apple Mocktail

Make It Boozy

  1. Add Spirit: The most straightforward way to make this ginger mocktail alcoholic is to add a spirit of your choice. A vodka is a neutral option that won’t overpower the existing flavours. Alternatively, rum or whiskey can complement the ginger and vanilla notes nicely. Start with 1-2 ounces of your chosen spirit and adjust to taste.
  2. Ginger or Liqueur: Instead of or in addition to ginger beer, you can use ginger or apple liqueurs. It will add both sweetness and a more intense ginger/apple flavour to the cocktail. Adjust the amount based on the desired level of sweetness and ginger kick.
  3. Vanilla Vodka or Liqueur: If you want to accentuate the vanilla flavour, you can use vanilla vodka or vanilla liqueur instead of regular vodka. This will add a sweet and aromatic touch to the cocktail.

Remember to adjust the proportions of the other ingredients accordingly when adding alcohol to maintain the balance of flavours. Always drink responsibly!

Bright fruity and iced drink in mason jar

Setting You Up For Success – Tips & Tricks

  • Adjust Sweetness: Depending on your preference, you can adjust the sweetness of the mocktail by adding more or less apple juice. Taste the mocktail as you mix it to achieve the desired level of sweetness.
  • Experiment with Ginger Beer: Not all ginger beers are created equal. Some are spicier or sweeter than others. Experiment with different brands to find one that suits your taste preferences best. In Australia, we use the ‘Bundaberg’ brand commonly. It is usually available at Amazon or World Market.
  • Fresh Ingredients: Whenever possible, use fresh mint leaves and high-quality vanilla extract for the best flavour. Fresh ingredients will enhance the overall taste and aroma of the mocktail.
  • Chill Ingredients: For an extra refreshing mocktail, chill the ginger beer and apple juice before mixing. You can also chill the glasses in the freezer for a few minutes before serving.
  • Garnish Creatively: Get creative with your garnishes. In addition to sliced apple and mint leaves, you can add a slice of lime or lemon for an extra citrusy twist. Edible flowers like lavender or rose petals can also add a touch of elegance.
Bright and light mocktail garnished with mint and apple.

Frequently Asked Questions

When I made this dish on our live cooking show, some community members asked:

Can I use ginger ale instead of ginger beer?

While ginger ale can be used as a substitute, it typically has a milder ginger flavour and has a different sweetness compared to ginger beer. This may alter the taste profile of the mocktail, but it can still be a refreshing option.

Can I make a larger batch of this mocktail?

Absolutely! Simply adjust the quantities of the ingredients accordingly to make a larger batch. Keep the ratio of ingredients consistent to maintain the flavour balance.

Can I make this ahead of time for a party?

Heck yeah! You can prepare the drink in bulk, ahead of time and assemble the mocktails just before serving. It will be even better as it will allow the fresh fruit and mint to release their flavour more. Simply pour into glasses and garnish when needed.

Is there an alternative to vanilla bean paste?

Yes, you can use vanilla extract or vanilla essence. Extract will give you a better, more natural vanilla flavour. Even better, try to get the one with seeds for improved flavour.

What can I use as a garnish if I don’t have apple slices?

If you don’t have apple slices, you can garnish the mocktail with a lemon or lime wedge, a sprig of fresh mint, or even a slice of ginger for an extra kick.

Can I make this mocktail sweeter?

If you prefer a sweeter mocktail, you can add a splash of simple syrup or honey to taste. Alternatively, you can use a sweeter variety of apple juice or ginger beer.

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Bright and light summer mocktail in mason jar topped with fresh fruit and mint.

Ginger Apple Fizz Mocktail

Servings 1 Glass
A fresh fruity mocktail with a refreshing sweet apple juice and spicy ginger beer, balanced with the coolness of mint and the warmth of vanilla. It's super versatile, insanely yummy and it looks and smells divine, making it perfect for any occasion!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 thin apple slices
  • 2 ginger slices
  • ¾ cup apple juice
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste/ extract
  • 1 cup ginger beer
  • Ice cubes
  • Sliced apple and additional mint leaves for garnish optional

Instructions

  • In a cocktail shaker or a mixing glass, gently press/muddle the mint leaves, apple and ginger slices to release their flavour. If you don't have a muddler, you can use the back of a spoon.
  • Add apple juice, and vanilla extract to the cocktail shaker or mixing glass with the muddled mint.
  • Shake the mixture well if you're using a cocktail shaker, or stir thoroughly if using a mixing glass, to combine all the ingredients.
  • Fill a glass with ice cubes and strain the mixture into the glass. Pour over the ginger beer.
  • Optionally, garnish the mocktail with a slice of apple and a few fresh mint leaves for an extra touch of fancy. Enjoy your refreshing beverage while it's cold.

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 497mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 66g | Vitamin A: 257IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Recipe Published: March 17, 2024 Last Updated: April 2, 2024
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