I love mocktail recipes. I really do. They’re pretty, colorful, and so much fun to make.
And since they’re alcohol-free, you can serve them for practically any occasion, including those times when serving alcohol would be entirely inappropriate, such as at a baby shower.
The key to making a good mocktail is to create a complex, layered flavor that’s more than just fruit juice.
Also, presentation is everything. If you don’t dress them up and make them look fancy, no one will ever see them as anything other than glasses of juice.
So don’t be afraid to go all out with these delightful drinks.
Salt the rims, garnish the heck out of them, and add the cutesy umbrellas, swizzle sticks, and straws.
Most of all, make plenty to go around because once people taste them, these mocktails will be a total hit with everyone.
Bubbly, fizzy, and with that delightful blackberry tang, these mocktails are the perfect combination of sweet (honey), tart (blackberries, lemon juice), and fresh (mint leaves).
It takes only 10 minutes to make four of them, and with their garnishes of blackberries and mint leaves, they look like drinkable works of art.
When it comes to mocktails, the more colorful, the better, and these orange-red glasses of yumminess are definitely vibrant and eye-catching.
With a base of hibiscus tea blend, some sparkling water or club soda for fizz, and a dash of lime juice and simple syrup for contrast, these might just become your new favorite drink.
This lovely drink has all the sweetness and bite of a real cocktail and requires only five ingredients to make.
Combine your pomegranate juice, sparkling water, freshly ground ginger root, and agave syrup in a shaker with some ice.
Shake it up and serve it in a martini glass for style.
Don’t forget to add a few pomegranate arils to the top and a slice of lemon or lime on the side.
This mocktail has so much going on that it’s hard to decide where to start.
It’s gorgeous for one thing, combining the deep purple of blueberries, the pink of pink lemonade concentrate, and the green of mint leaves and lime.
Plus, it has such a complex flavor, with sweet, sour, and earthy notes all in evidence.
Even the most die-hard whiskey drinker would be hard-pressed to turn down this lovely drink.
If you’re looking for a light drink that nevertheless looks festive and exciting, try the lemon basil spritzer.
The taste is more like sparkling lemon water than anything alcoholic, but it looks amazing, and the basil does give it a little extra something.
Make sure you pick an appropriate glass for this one.
Because it’s primarily clear and doesn’t use a ton of garnishes, it’s not as naturally lovely as some of the others on the list.
In the proper stemware, though, it’s elegant, classy, and sophisticated.
The things I love most about this pretty-in-pink drink are the chunky, slushy topping and the salted rim.
This drink truly is the closest you can get to a strawberry margarita without any tequila on hand.
Dress it up with a strawberry and some lime slices on the side, a pretty umbrella, and a colorful straw, and you’ll have a treat everyone will want to try.
If you like mocktails that are more sour than sweet, you’ll love the kiwi spritzer. It’s delightfully fizzy and insanely easy to make.
Simply mix lemon juice, club soda, and simple syrup.
Then add a few slices of kiwi and some crushed ice, stick your garnishes on the side, and you’re ready to go.
If it’s a bit too sour for you, adding a few mint leaves to the drink can help tame it a little.
The Blue Hawaii is a delicious tropical mocktail with a stunning blue-green color that’s perfect for the beach.
I can just imagine sitting by the sea, this charming drink in hand, enjoying its tart sweetness and munching on the large slice of pineapple on the side.
If this mocktail doesn’t scream summer beach vacation, nothing ever will.
The sweet sunrise mocktail truly lives up to its name. The beautiful peach, orange, and pink colors look just like the sun peeking over a mountain.
It also combines the sweetness of orange-pineapple juice with the slightly bitter tang of grapefruit, orange bitters, and grenadine.
It’s not the real thing, but it’s certainly close.
The crisp freshness of a mojito meets the tanginess of mango in this delightfully yellow mocktail.
Served over ice with mint leaves and lime slices, this is the ideal palate cleanser between courses.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to add the mint leaves.
They make the drink taste better, but more than that, those bright green leaves look phenomenal against the yellow of the drink.
Kombucha already treads that fine line between sweet and bitter, and when you add the cranberry juice, rosemary, and ginger, you’ll have a natural mocktail.
Of all the drinks on this list, this one was the hardest for me to believe that it didn’t have alcohol in it.
It’s also a stunning cherry red color, so add a few cranberries, and it’s the perfect choice for the winter holidays.
Traditional White Russians are phenomenal, but when you remove alcohol from the equation, they become pure, sensual decadence.
And I mean that in the best possible way.
Coffee, vanilla extract, sugar, cream, and caramel sauce – what more could anyone need?
I like to serve this with breakfast on special occasions as a unique, exciting way to start the day.
It also doubles as a marvelous after-dinner dessert drink.
The sparkling grapefruit mocktail always makes me think of the Red Hat Society.
I can just picture all these elegant, gracefully aging women sitting around a brunch table with their fancy red hats and tall glasses of these drinks in their hands.
I know I plan to make it a regular staple at my brunch table a few years from now.
14. Virgin Mojito
Mojitos make fabulous mocktails because they have such a unique, distinctive flavor long before you ever add the alcohol.
Between the mint leaves, limes, club soda, and Mountain Dew, there’s a lot going on in this glass, and it all tastes good.
This drink is rich and thick, and it reminds me more of deep merlot than a true mocktail.
Even so, once you add it to a tall stemmed wine glass, it’ll quickly become the star of the show.
It’s incredibly sweet, though, so prepare yourself for a bit of sugar rush.
I don’t really have a comparison for this mocktail. It’s cool, refreshing, salty, and tart.
It doesn’t taste like any cocktail I’ve ever had, but it’s incredible, nonetheless.
There’s a bit of cucumber water taste there, of course, but the lime, mint, and maple syrup add a whole other layer of depth and complexity that plain cucumber water just can’t touch.
I love to drink these when I need something fresh and cool that makes my tongue tingle.
Oh! Earlier I said the cranberry kombucha tastes the most like the real thing, but I forgot about the non-alcoholic Moscow Mule.
I don’t know if it’s the heat of the ginger burning your throat, the fizziness of the club soda, or the distinctive combination of lime and mint, but this drink tastes at least as strong as 30 proof liquor.
18. Sangria Mocktail
The trick to making a believable sangria mocktail is using plenty of different fruits and juices.
This one contains cranberry and pineapple juice, ginger ale, and an abundance of fruit chunks – orange, pear, raspberries, and cranberries.
Eating the pieces of fruit in the glass is just as yummy as drinking the mocktail itself.
As long as they have enough contrasting flavors, slushy drinks almost always make great mocktails.
This lemon pineapple kiwi sparkling mocktail is no exception.
The pineapple juice adds a touch of the tropical, while the honey brings some sweetness.
The kiwi and the sparkling lemon water add zest, while the mint leaves make it seem fresh and crisp.
Best of all, the whole thing is icy and slushy, which just makes it a pleasure to drink, especially on long, hot summer days.
A thick ring of salt around the rim and a chunk of ginger help round out the flavor in this tropical delight.
Rupert Holmes may like pina coladas, but my summer beach drink of choice has always been a bold-flavored margarita.
This one comes complete with coconut sugar and chunks of pineapple, and every sip helps transport me to an island paradise.
Plus, it only takes 10 minutes to make four drinks, and yes, all four of them are for me. 🙂
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