35 Mocktail Recipes That Go Beyond Seltzer and Fruit Juice (2024)

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35 Mocktail Recipes That Go Beyond Seltzer and Fruit Juice (1)

By Katherine Gillen

Published Jan 23, 2023

Additional reporting by

Marissa Wu

Mocktails: Great in theory, but more often than not, they’re just fruit juice and seltzer masquerading as booze in a punch bowl. Just because you’re not drinking alcohol doesn’t mean you should settle for something straight from a plastic jug (hi, fruit punch). From decidedly grown-up Shirley Temples to shrubs, tonics, muddles and more, here are 35 mocktail recipes that are delicious in their own right.

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1. Triple Citrus Kombucha Fizz With Salty Chili Sugar

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Endless kombucha flavor options mean you can play around

The kombucha adds just the right amount of fizz, and you can play with the flavors to find your favorite. Suddenly, dry January and Sober October don’t seem so bad.

2. Agua De Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)

  • Time Commitment: 22 minutes
  • Why We Love It: The hibiscus tea is a great mix-in for co*cktails and mocktails alike

Make-your-own-mocktail bar, anyone? This simple drink pairs well with flavored simple syrups and all kinds of citrus juice.

3. Grapefruit Lime Spritzer

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Italian grapefruit soda gives this virgin drink an elevated, fizzy touch

Who needs Champagne when you have fancy Italian soda? Don’t skip the sugared (or salted) rim—it makes this drink feel extra special.

4. Coconut Coolers

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Only three ingredients to paradise

If we didn’t know any better, we’d think we were on vacation. If you prefer a more piña colada-like consistency, try blending the coconut cream and coconut milk with ice.

5. Blood Orange Cooler

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Bright, colorful mocktail with an underrated citrus kick

The key to a really refreshing mocktail? Coconut water. That, plus lots of citrus, will have everyone coming back for another.

6. Vanilla Plum Shrub

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: It's equal parts tangy and sweet

What’s a shrub, you ask? It’s like a co*cktail, only it gets its kick from vinegar, not booze. Sound crazy? With sweet fruit and simple syrup, we promise it works.

7. Strawberry Basil Lemonade

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Sweet and tart

A light and refreshing mocktail that just screams brunch. Mix with some seltzer if you fancy a few bubbles.

8. Lavender Kumquat Shrub

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Summery, floral lavender notes plus happy orange kumquats give this drink an irresistible effervescence

Make the kumquat-lavender mixture beforehand, then set it out with ice and sparkling water and let everyone mix their own drink.

9. Cucumber Agua Fresca

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Tart, fresh and loaded with lime and lemongrass

Psst: This drink is blended with two whole limes, so it’s super refreshing.

10. Blueberry Ginger Mocktail

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Using fresh-pressed ginger gives the drink a lively kick

Purple bordering on burgundy, this blueberry and ginger concoction wows for any occasion, and you can mix it with water, seltzer or spirits to make your drink of choice.

11. Cherry Vanilla Maple Shrub

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes, plus resting time
  • Why We Love It: Think of it as an elevated Shirley Temple

We’d take a glass of this slightly sweet shrub over a bad margarita any day.

12. Ginger Beer Mojito

  • Time Commitment: 5 minute
  • Why We Love It: Just one step and plenty of mint make up this delightful, fizzy drink

FYI, most ginger beers aren’t alcoholic. That makes them the perfect fizzy base for a thirst-quenching mocktail.

13. Huckleberry Fig Shrub

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes, plus resting time
  • Why We Love It: Elevates the simple soda into a grown-up drink

If you can’t find huckleberries, any berry would make a fine substitute.

14. Rose Lemon Spritzer

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Gentle floral notes mingle with a little citrus in a bubbly, non-alcoholic drink

The rose water is optional, but since it’s what gives this drink its irresistible peachy hue, we think it’s worth adding.

15. Dirty Chai Mocktail

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Coconut milk, espresso and plenty of spices take chai from good to great

As a mocktail, this recipe calls for apple cider. If you want to offer a boozy take as well, Half-Baked Harvest blogger Tieghan Gerard recommends subbing equal parts Kahlúa and vodka. Permission to sip this at breakfast granted.

16. Watermelon Lime Mocktails

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Summery, sweet and fresh with a spicy, salty twist

The Tajín-dusted rim makes it feel extra fancy.

17. Refreshing Hibiscus Mocktail

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes, plus cooling time
  • Why We Love It: Not too sweet, floral and simple

You can thank hibiscus tea for the festive pink color and tart flavor.

18. Concord Grape and Coconut Water Smash

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Sweet and refreshing with a dashing purple hue

Omit the vodka and add more coconut water to make it booze-free.

19. Pink Drink

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Have the beloved Starbucks drink at home

This is so much tastier than store-bought mystery punch and carbonated water.

20. Shirley Temple

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Super easy, guaranteed crowd-pleaser

The value of a properly made Shirley Temple cannot be overstated.

21. Watermelon Ginger Sparklers

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Light and sparkling with a ginger kick and fruity vanilla

The candied ginger and vanilla bean really take it over the top.

22. Cranberry Orange Kombucha Sangria

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Low in sugar but packed with bright flavor

Because it’s fizzy and a little bit tart, kombucha makes an excellent substitution for wine in this fruit drink.

23. Rhubarb Shrub

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Make it ahead so it's always on hand for unexpected company

A little tart, a little sweet, a little bitter—basically, everything we want in a drink, alcoholic or not.

24. Mandarin Spritz

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Citrus and mint meet fizzy water for a fun drink that elevates any meal

It doesn’t get better than freshly-squeezed mandarin juice, don’t you think?

25. Lavender Citron Pressé

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Lavender simple syrup delicately perfumes this elevated take on lemonade

It’s like a sparkling lemonade, but chic and French.

26. Virgin Chocolate Espresso Martini

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: The mocktail version requires just four ingredients

The iconic chocolate and coffee duo meet in this delectably rich martini. But, the mocktail rendition instantly becomes something you might even serve at breakfast to change up your ritual morning coffee.

27. Honey, Blackberry and Sage Refresher Mocktail

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Woodsy sage meets tart blackberries and sweet honey

This one screams “summer in the backyard,” but we plan on drinking it year-round.

28. Sparkling Honey Lemon Gingerade

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour 15 minutes, plus resting time
  • Why We Love It: Ginger adds a little spice to this fizzy lemonade rendition

This is sure to put a pep in your step.

29. Citrus Sage Tonic

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Sweet, tart and a little salty

It’s as pretty as it is tasty, thanks to all that fresh grapefruit juice.

30. Blackberry Thyme Mocktail

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: This bubbly drink defines easy elegance

A homemade blackberry syrup makes this one taste like summer in a glass.

31. Vanilla Cinnamon Maple Sour

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Make it a mocktail by swapping bourbon for apple cider

This cozy co*cktail (or mocktail) is perfect for fireside sipping. It's loaded with all the comforting ingredients: Vanilla, cinnamon and maple plus a hint of lemon and rosemary for brightness.

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32. Non-Alcoholic Chocolate Cherry Martini

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special-occasion worthy, can be alcoholic by swapping crème de cacao syrup for vodka

Jazz up any get-together with this cool, sweet chocolate and cherry martini. It’s good at any time of the year thanks to frozen cherries, and the turbinado sugar gives the rims a satisfying crunch.

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33. Non-Alcoholic Moscow Mule Mocktail

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Packs a fresh citrus punch

In five minutes, you can have an ice-cold Moscow Mule mocktail with the help of some ginger soda. Make sure to have some extra limes on hand for the garnish—it’ll elevate the presentation.

34. Pineapple Banana Agua Fresca

  • Time Commitment: 12 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Fruity and refreshing with condensed milk for richness

One-up the fruit juice addition with actual fruit. Loaded with a super-ripe banana and fresh pineapple, this rendition of the agua fresca is exactly what you want on a warm day.

35. Firey Golden Mango Tonic

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Loaded with good-for-you ginger and turmeric

This drink can easily be made alcoholic with the addition of a generous amount of vodka, but even without it, this drink will wow a crowd. Do not, we repeat, do not skip the chamomile garnish.

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35 Mocktail Recipes That Go Beyond Seltzer and Fruit Juice (2024)

FAQs

What is the most famous mocktail? ›

The most popular mocktail right now is a Shirley Temple.

How many types of mocktails are there? ›

Mocktails are drinks without the alcohol. They are predominantly made of fruits and are nutritious ways to hydrate yourself. Here are 6 different types of mocktails.

What is a mocktail juice? ›

Consider making a “mocktail.” Mocktails are simply co*cktails without the liquor – they use a variety of tasty ingredients to create a flavor fusion, providing a sophisticated beverage sans alcohol. Whether you imbibe or not, mocktails can be a treat for any social gathering or night in.

What is an easy mocktail to order? ›

Ginger & Soda: This was my pregnancy go-to order mostly because it helped curb my nausea but it is also light, easy, and tasty. I ask for half soda water or seltzer and half ginger ale with lime. NoJito: Aka a virgin mojito made with club soda, muddled mint leaves, sugar/simple syrup, and lime.

What is 1 most popular non-alcoholic drink? ›

Water is, by far, the most consumed non-alcoholic beverage in the world.

What is the new name for mocktail? ›

Spiritfree, a Manifesto
  1. Virgin co*cktail.
  2. Soft co*cktail.
  3. Nonalcoholic co*cktail.
  4. Zero Proof co*cktail.
  5. Alcohol Free co*cktail.
  6. Virgin “iteration of a co*cktail”
  7. Soft Drink.
  8. Nonalcoholic Drink.

What are the golden rules of making mocktails? ›

The foundation is the same: blending disparate ingredients into a one harmonious drink. Think about the fundamentals of taste: sweet, sour, bitter, umami and salty. Unlike co*cktails which generally follow a ratio of 2 parts spirit to 1 part sweet and 1 part sour, mocktails require more nuance.

What gives you a buzz like alcohol? ›

Unlike traditional non-alcoholic beverages, the options below can give you a buzz without any alcohol.
  • CBD-infused beverages.
  • Cannabis/THC drinks.
  • Kava drinks.
  • Adaptogen containing beverages.
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What is the mocktail menu? ›

A mocktail menu is a selection of nonalcoholic drinks crafted to offer a sophisticated drinking experience without alcohol. It typically includes a variety of fizzy beverages mixed with fruit juices, herbs, and flavored syrups to provide delicious nonalcoholic options.

Can kids drink mocktails? ›

These fun, fruity mocktails are perfect for kids and adults alike. Our refreshing non-alcoholic drinks include lemonade, iced tea, smoothies and slushies.

Do mocktails give you a buzz? ›

Do non-alcoholic drinks give you a buzz? While it's nearly impossible to get intoxicated from non-alcoholic beverages, they might make you feel uplifted.

What was the first mocktail in the world? ›

The Shirley Temple is probably the most famous mocktail ever. This classic mix of ginger ale and grenadine with a squeeze of lemon or lime topped with maraschino cherries is believed to be the world's first mocktail. And it's still alive and well today.

What are the mocktail trends in 2024? ›

Expect to see an increase in low-sugar and health-focused mocktails that cater to various dietary preferences. Ingredients like natural sweeteners, fresh fruit, and superfood additions are making their way into mocktail recipes, ensuring a guilt-free indulgence.

What are the best mocktails for restaurants? ›

Looking for some popular mocktails? The top choices include the Shirley Temple, Virgin Pina Colada, Virgin Margarita, Virgin Mojito, Arnold Palmer, and Blueberry Mojito—you can't go wrong with any of these refreshing options!

What are mocktails called now? ›

A non-alcoholic mixed drink (also known as virgin co*cktail, temperance drink, "zero proof" drink or mocktail) is a co*cktail-style beverage made without alcohol.

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