4 Honduran “Mocktails” to Sip On When You Don’t Feel Like Getting Tipsy
By now you probably know that diving and alcohol just don’t mix. Even experts suggest that knocking back a few before putting on your scuba wetsuit is one of the poorest choices you could ever make. But, hey, you are finally on vacation in one of the most beautiful islands in the world, the enchanting Roatan, Honduras. Sipping on rum-based cocktails by the beach comes with the “job,” right? We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but that’s no excuse; not if you are planning to explore the underwater world of this Carribean island.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should pass up your hotel’s bar because… mocktails. These alcohol-free drinks help you get the best of both worlds without putting your diving plans (or life) on the line. So, if you want to avoid diving under the influence, these four Honduran mocktails are a great place to start. Cheers!
Thanks to their fruity flavor, creamy texture, and refreshing ingredients, liquados are one of Honduras’s most iconic “mocktails.” This delicious non-alcoholic drink is usually made with milk, fruits or fruit juice and lots of ice. But, don’t mistake it for a smoothie. This Honduran mocktail goes way beyond the blended beverage as it often contains out-of-the-box ingredients such as granola, oatmeal, honey, nuts and even yogurt. Talk about a party in your mouth!
2. Semilla de Jicaro (Honduran Horchata)
Chances are this is not the first time you hear of horchata. This delicious rice-based drink is a top choice for people in Spain and Mexico and various Central American countries. However, every country adds its own twist to the mocktail, and let us note that Honduras’s version is drool-worthy AF.
So, besides the usual ingredients (milk or water, sugar, cinnamon, ground rice, and almonds), the Honduran horchata also contains jicaro and sesame seeds as well as various flavorful spices and nuts. Some of these include ground cocoa, nutmeg, tiger nuts, sesame seeds, peanuts, and cashews. Since all these ingredients add lots of bulk to the drink, remember to ask for the bartender to strain it before serving. Bottoms up!
3. Atol de Elote
Corn is hands-down one of Central America’s most beloved foods. But, Honduran folks have found an interesting and somewhat unique way to incorporate this delicious grain into their lives. Ever heard of Atol de Elote? This non-alcoholic drink may look like a distant cousin of the tried-and-true smoothie, but it comes nowhere close regarding flavor, preparation, and consistency. Specifically, Atol de Elote is a well-blended mixture of fresh ground corn kernels, milk, sugar and cinnamon and is usually served warm. For the mocktail version of this must-try Honduran drink, ask the bartender to swap milk for ice-cold sparkling water. You won’t regret it!
4. Virgin Ponche de Pina (Pineapple Punch)
Pineapples and Honduras go back a long way. So, it was only a matter of time before this exotic fruit made its way to locals’ drinks, and boy, are we glad it did! Ponche de pina, Spanish for pineapple punch, is a Honduran cocktail that uses rum as a base. However, if you are on the market for a sans alcohol version of the drink, virgin ponche de pina has you covered.
Taking rum out of the equation, this mocktail delivers exactly what it promises; a pineapple explosion (punch) in your mouth. Plus, since it has zero alcohol, so there’s no need for you to consume it as it’s usually served; hot. Just add a couple of ice cubes in your glass and go about your sunny day like a boss.
Which one of these Honduran mocktails intrigued you the most? Let us known in the comments section down below!