Refreshing, grown up, and often good for you, mocktails are the ultimate beverage for those times when you want a little something fancy free sans alcohol. They're especially good when you want to be able to serve your kids exactly what you're eating at the dinner table, which can happen when you whip up these fancy non-alcoholic cocktails.
Now, with the coming summer being felt on the tendrils of the springtime breeze, is the best time to begin experimenting with combinations of sparkling water, flavored soda, fresh juices, and simple herb- and- fruit-distilled syrups.
That way you can make sure that your mocktail game is on point for those upcoming summer evenings when you find yourself with thirsty guests of all ages sitting on your patio.
So step away from the Coca Cola and the simple lemonade mix, and get out the coconut milk and coconut water. Here are 16 ways to practice.
1. Blood Orange Jalapeño Mock Margarita
The hint of heat in this sweet and spicy cocktail will make you forget that you're even missing that burn of liquor on the back of your throat. Besides, this drink is simply beautiful to look at.
The blood orange juice and lime juice combination is incredible. Get the tart drink recipe here.
2. Grapefruit + Rosemary Spritzer
This refreshing drink is also incredibly elegant with its artistic and flavorful sprig of rosemary. Loaded with fresh grapefruit, this cocktail will pack a punch of vitamin C while its classic flavor is a perfect complement to any brunch.
What can't grapefruit juice solve? You might never want a grapefruit cocktail again after having this mocktail. Get this good drink recipe here.
3. Sparkling Mint Meyer Lemonade
Take a break from the hustle and bustle with this no-fuss cocktail. No infusions, no mixology required. Just a few fresh mint leaves, a splash of lemon and some sparkling apple juice.
Simplicity can be beautiful, and it comes in the form of sparkling apple cider and lemon juice. Get the recipe here.
4. Sparkling Blood Orange Mocktail with Turmeric
Instead of infusing your body with liquor, pump in some good-for-you ingredients like turmeric, ginger, fresh squeezed juice, mint, and rosemary. You will thank yourself in the morning.
Club soda perks up the whole mocktail, and the color is totally worthy of Pinterest. Get the recipe here.
5. Tart Cherry Spritzer
Colored beverages are always exciting. Especially when they're low in sugar and high in antioxidants, you're going to want to serve these mocktails up to the whole family.
This would also be an excellent base for a non-alcoholic sangria with cherries and berry varieties like blackberry thrown in. Get the recipe here.
6. Pink Peppercorn Lemonade Mocktail
Infuse any day of the week with some sunshine with this delicate pink and sunny citrus cocktail. Oh yeah, those little pink peppercorns, they're not just for show. They'll put a little fire under you and have your mouth dancing.
Oh yeah, those little pink peppercorns, they're not just for show. They'll put a little fire under you and have your mouth dancing.
Who needs lemon lime soda when you can have a bright refreshing mocktail? Get the recipe here.
7. Ginger Beer Mocktail
Good for your gut and your taste buds, this ginger beer mocktail is like a Moscow Mule, but you can drink way more of them. The ginger also does wonders for calming your stomach after a large meal.
Not to mention, the ginger also does wonders for calming your stomach after a large meal. If you don't have ginger juice on the spot, you can swap in ginger ale. Get the recipe here.
8. Virgin Mojito
There is every reason to be drinking iced lime and mint spritzers all summer long. Just make sure you have a good recipe so that you have the exact right proportions of sweet, sour, and refreshing.
The simple syrup pulls the loose ends of this mocktail together beautifully. Get the perfect recipe here.
9. Minty Green Kombucha Smash
Pack a bunch of vitamins into each sip with this mocktail. After a tumbler or two of this, you're going to feel refreshed, invigorated, and ready to take on your day rather than end it.
This might be the favorite of your non-drinking guests. Get the recipe here.
10. Pomegranate + Cranberry + Rosemary Punch
Simple yet satisfying. This mocktail is an upgrade to your favorite childhood juice. A little bit tart and a lot of sweet, you'll sip slowly, letting the ice cube melt so that your drink seems bigger than it really is.
Cranberry juice is the star of this show, and the square ice cubes, one in each glass, make it fancy. Get the recipe here.
11. Sparkling Ginger Citrusade
When you combine five different citrus juices into one drink, you know it's going to be great. Add a splash of sparkling water and this citrusade will bring you back to life. Soon, you'll be drinking this anytime of the day.
Our tip for making it even better? A splash of pineapple juice. Get the recipe here.
12. Fennel Cucumber Spritzer
Fennel in a cocktail? Yes. Think of it like licorice. Now doesn't this cocktail sound fabulous?
The best part about making this fennel simple syrup is straining it all away from the medium saucepan. Get the recipe here.
13. Pear + Ginger + Sage Mocktail
Beautifully rich and herby in both look and feel, you're going to love this mocktail at first sip.
While this drink is best served on ice, it actually has a nice, soothing taste at room temperature where the ginger flavor really shines. Get the recipe here.
14. Moon Mother Elixer
A folk herbal remedy for new moms, this mocktail is nevertheless delicious. In fact, its description on the blog sums it up perfectly: "Earthy nettle, tart hibiscus, effervescent spice from ginger kombucha, and a feminine note of rose."
Simply crafting this mocktail will make you feel instantly zen. Get the recipe here.
15. Lemon Lavender Mocktail
A seven-ingredient recipe, if you count what's in the lavender syrup, this delightfully beautiful mocktail is non-alcoholic drinking at its finest. Club soda tops off this drink perfectly.
Ready to experiment with lavender? Find the recipe here.
16. Raspberry Italian Cream Soda
This tartly sweet recipe is perfect with half-and-half, adding a surprising creaminess that's typical of Italian cream sodas.
You could swap in any variety of the juice you prefer if you don't have raspberry simple syrup on hand. Find the recipe here.