28 Easy Mocktail Ideas for Celebrating without Alcohol
Our nonalcoholic cocktail recipes are delicious, refreshing and packed with fresh flavor. Whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ or looking for a festive way to celebrate without alcohol, these mocktails are the perfect drink. These easy mocktail recipes—like our Mojito Mocktails or Basil Lemonade—are cool, tasty and something everyone can enjoy.
These minty mojito mocktails would be great at a luncheon, a brunch, a baby shower, a pool party--basically whenever you find that a cool, refreshing beverage would be welcome. Be sure to add the ice cubes and sparkling water just before serving to avoid diluting this pitcher cocktail (which is easily doubled to serve a crowd, by the way). Source: EatingWell.com, April 2019
Strawberry Shrub Mocktail
You can easily multiply this strawberry shrub mocktail recipe to serve a whole party: just muddle the strawberries, basil and lemon in a pitcher, then vigorously stir in the shrub and ice. Top each serving with seltzer. Source: EatingWell Magazine, June 2019
Cucumbers and mint pair delightfully in this refreshing spritzer that's perfect for a summer afternoon on the porch.
Watermelon Cucumber Basil Seltzer
Watermelon, cucumber, fresh basil, and lime juice flavor a summer drink that's fancy enough for guests. The soda takes only minutes to put together. Keep the fruit concentrate, simple syrup, and seltzer water separately in the fridge, then mix just before serving.
Basil and lemon pair beautifully in this refreshing summer sipper, sweetened with a touch of honey. Make ahead and allow the mixture to infuse for 30 minutes to 1 hour before straining for a stronger basil flavor.
Virgin Layered Strawberry-Mango Margaritas
This frozen mocktail is so delicious and beautiful! Layers of blended strawberries and mango with a touch of zesty citrus flavor combine for a fun nonalcoholic drink without all the extra calories and sugar of a traditional restaurant margarita.
Summer Berry Citrus Spritzer
A fresh berry puree and zippy citrus juices come together with bubbly seltzer for an exceptionally refreshing beverage for hot days. It's also a great alternative to sangria if you'd prefer to skip the alcohol. Double the recipe if you are expecting a crowd.
Raspberry Ginger Lime Seltzer
Raspberries, lime, and ginger sparkle in a homemade soft drink that's the taste of summer in a glass. This homemade soda has three parts: fruit concentrate, simple syrup, and seltzer water. Store all three components in the fridge separately, then mix just before serving.
Honeydew Melon Agua Fresca (Agua de Melon Verde)
We've knocked back the sugar quite a bit in this healthier Mexican agua fresca recipe. This refreshing drink is often a way that Mexicans use up their leftover fruit, so feel free to use this technique with whatever fruit you have, especially other melons and tropical fruits like pineapple and mango.
Nonalcoholic Strawberry Margaritas
A frozen virgin strawberry margarita is a refreshing way to cool down on warm days. This margarita mocktail, which calls for only five ingredients, uses a bit of agave nectar to blunt the tartness of lime juice and fresh strawberries.
Peach Sunrise Refresher
This beautiful beverage is perfect for serving at brunch, but it's also a great mocktail for non-drinkers at your next cocktail party. If you have leftover peach nectar from this recipe, pour a splash into hot tea to add sweetness and satisfying fruit flavor.
Virgin Banana Pina Colada
This lower-calorie, nonalcoholic version of pina colada uses ripe bananas blended with fresh pineapple and coconut milk. Serve it in festive tropical-drink glasses.
Fizzy Rosemary Cider Mocktail
Many types of mocktails are high in sugar, but this easy mocktail cuts down on the calories and carbs by using club soda and our sugar-free simple syrup recipe. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Winter 2020
Derby Dry Mocktail
Crafted beverages aren't just for cocktails anymore. This alcohol-free drink is just as special as its alcoholic cousin--the classic Derby cocktail made with bourbon, vermouth, orange and lime. Whether you're skipping booze for the night, month or a lifetime, this mocktail recipe is worthy of a toast.
Celebrate the first cherries of the season with this mint-infused mocktail. Black cherry-flavored seltzer gives the drink the most cherry flavor, but plain seltzer also works well. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2009
This gorgeous fruity punch is perfect for any party--serve it on its own for a fun mocktail that will please kids and adults alike. Or, set out optional alcoholic mix-ins, like tequila and/or vodka, for a mix-your-own cocktail station.
This "cocktail" looks just like its tequila-laced counterpart but is alcohol-free! With only 58 calories per drink it's perfect for dieters.
Citrus Mock Mimosas
No alcohol is needed for these refreshing, citrusy drinks.
Peppy Virgin Mary
Ready in just 10 minutes, this spicy tomato juice drink is perfect for brunch or a summer party.
There isn't anything more refreshing than this combination of honeydew melon and lime juice. It's topped off with club soda, and just looking at the drink will cool you off.
This easy sparkling fruit drink will please both children and adults. Choose a juice--either grape, cranberry or pomegranate--and mix it with sparkling water and fresh fruit. Delicious and refreshing!
Pick up rosemary, cucumbers and lemons to concoct this grown-up lemonade that will keep you cool on a hot day.
SHED's Blood Orange Champagne Vinegar Shrub
Refreshingly tangy, this shrub drink recipe combines fruits, vinegar and sparkling water. This cocktail recipe from Healdsburg SHED mixologist Jordan Lancer in California takes advantage of in-season blood oranges for a brilliantly colorful drink.
In this nonalcoholic sangria recipe, we've skipped the added sugar and used 100% juice and tons of fresh fruit to create a delicious, yet healthy mocktail perfect for adults or kids.
This scrumptious nonalcoholic punch adds pear, cranberries and vanilla to the traditional hot cider.
This festive peach cooler uses sparkling grape juice instead of wine. Serve it in a wineglass for a lovely presentation.
Watermelon Agua Fresca
This refreshing drink is served by roadside vendors all over Mexico. Not too much fruit, not too much sugar, just a beautiful way to quench your thirst on a summer day.
Crystallized ginger--also called candied ginger--is the key ingredient in this fruit-flavored drink. By soaking it with pineapple juice for at least two hours, it gives this spritzer an added zing.