Food & Drink

35 of the Best Mocktail Recipes to Enjoy, No Matter the Occasion

written by BRETT NICOLE HAYDEN & KATHERINE BALLESTA-ROSEN
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best mocktail recipes
Source: The Real Food Dietitians
Source: The Real Food Dietitians

Let’s face it: we’ve known all along that there are benefits to cutting back or cutting out our alcohol consumption. Alcohol can affect our sleeping habits, our mood, our motivation, and pretty much everything in our lives if not used in moderation. At a time when ‘sober-curiosity’ seems to be everywhere we look, you may be starting to wonder how it might feel to forgo a cocktail at dinner, an event, or even on a weeknight at home. 

But trust us, we know it can be difficult to not join in when everyone around is you is enjoying a drink in a social setting (it’s a classic case of FOMO). And, sometimes, there’s an assumption that you aren’t drinking because you’re pregnant or trying to conceive. No matter the reason (it’s really no one’s business anyway), there’s still an easy way you can join in on the fun: drinking one of the best mocktail recipes around. These cocktails sans alcohol are a great alternative, no matter what your usual go-to drink is. Whether you’re pregnant, sober-curious, or simply looking to try something new, find new favorite mocktail recipes from the list below!

1. Easy Lemon Granita

When life gives you lemons… turn them into a sunny and happy mocktail. This trio of lemonade, pineapple, and fresh mint leaves is a pleasure to sip on.

best mocktail recipes
Source: Just a Taste

2. Pink Drink

Pretty in pink! Celebrate strawberries by creating this lovely and memorable mocktail, which is a blend of fresh fruit, hibiscus, OJ, and coconut milk.

best mocktail recipes
Source: Cookie + Kate

3. Rose Lemon Spritzer

This may end up being your spring/summer go-to mocktail! It doesn’t get much more refreshing than fresh lemon, floral rose, and sweet honey all mixed together. 

rose lemon mocktail
Source: Half Baked Harvest

4. Watermelon Slushies

When you just can’t get enough watermelon, this slushie mocktail will spoil you by packing in loads of this fresh and juiciest of melons.

best mocktail recipes
Source: Just a Taste

5. Creamy Blood Orange Mocktail

This fizzy, creamy drink is everything you could want in a mocktail. Refreshing juices like lime, blood orange, and coconut milk mixed with a splash of maple syrup and club soda make this the one of the best mocktail recipes of your dreams.

blood orange mocktail
Source: Jar of Lemons

6. Sparkling Blueberry Ginger Mocktail

Besides its spectacular purple-blue color, this fantastic mocktail offers a generous dose of antioxidants and digestive support. 

best mocktail recipes
Source: Minimalist Baker

7. Mandarin Spritz

Elevate your typical OJ mocktail mix-in by opting for fresh squeezed mandarin juice instead. By adding a bit more fun and tang, it makes for an extra thirst-quenching libation. 

best mocktail recipes
Source: What’s Gaby Cooking

8. Sparkling Hibiscus Mocktail

Berries aren’t the only source of antioxidant possibilities—hibiscus is treasured for having these free radical fighters too. Paired alongside blood orange, rose and honey, this sparkling hibiscus mocktail will quickly become your ruby red fave! 

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Source: Dash of Jazz

9. Cherry Bomb Mocktail

With less than a handful of ingredients, you’ll have the ultimate revitalizing mocktail that will no doubt put the cherry on top of your day!

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Source: Julie’s Eats & Treats

10. Orange Moscow Mule Mocktail

Squeeze a couple of oranges, crack open a bottle of ginger beer, and you’re nearly on your way to a scrumptious spin on this popular cocktail—sans impending hangover!

best mocktail recipes
Source: Skinnytaste

11. Sparkling and Fruity Virgin Sangria

When you can’t decide what kind of fruity mocktail you’re in the mood for, why not add them all? Full of bright fruits and sparkling with fizzy water, it’s a clean and pure recipe. Even if you finish off the whole pitcher yourself, you won’t feel bad about it!

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Source: A Sweet Pea Chef

12. Blackberry Lemon Mocktail

The only thing that makes the best mocktail recipes even more delicious is when it’s easy to make. This ultra-refreshing recipe will be ready to drink in a matter of minutes.

blackberry lemon mocktail
Source: Running to the Kitchen

13. Sparkling Apple Cider Mocktail

Just when we thought apple cider couldn’t get any more delicious, we found a recipe that makes it sparkling! While cider is great for around the holidays, this recipe with fresh lemon juice makes it’s a great option for all year round. 

sparkling apple cider mocktail
Source: What’s Gaby Cooking

14. Pineapple Mocktail Margaritas

A margarita like you’ve never seen it before! The flavors in this pineapple mocktail margarita will ensure you’re not missing tequila for one second. This makes for a great addition to taco Tuesday or a summer night out on the patio. 

pineapple margarita mocktail
Source: Grandbaby Cakes

15. Virgin Piña Coladas

“If you like piña coladas…” but could do without the effects of rum, this mocktail recipe is for you! You don’t have to hop on a flight to enjoy this sweet beach drink, you can make it in the comfort of your home and pretend you’re on island time. 

virgin Pina colada
Source: One Lovely Life

16. Coconut Ginger Lime Mocktail

If you ask us, a summer mocktail should be two things: light and refreshing. This is exactly what you’re signing up for with this recipe. 

coconut ginger lime mocktail
Source: Eat the Gains

17. Tart Cherry Juice Mocktail for Sleep

If you’re trying to wind down for the evening, this cherry mocktail’s a gem—tart cherries contain melatonin and tryptophan, both of which can help you get that better beauty rest. They also happen to taste really good, especially as they appear this recipe.

best mocktail recipes
Source: Dash of Jazz

18. Zero-Proof Jalapeño Paloma

If spicy’s your thing, then you’re going to adore this peppy paloma that combines muddled jalapeños, grapefruit, and lime juices.

best mocktail recipes
Source: Skinnytaste

19. Sparkling Cran-Apple Mocktail

This is the perfect holiday drink to allow you to join in on the festivities without drinking alcoholic beverages. All of the best flavors of the season are wrapped in one and you won’t be able to get enough, guaranteed! 

cran-apple mocktail
Source: A Night Owl

20. Easy Mocktail

This is, without a doubt, the easiest recipe on our list—and one you’re certainly going to love! With just three ingredients—orange juice, sparking water, and grapefruit juice—you’ll be sippin’ pretty in no time at all. 

easy mocktail
Source: Detoxinista

21. Pineapple Limeade

Indulge in your visions of paradise by whipping up this festive pineapple-forward mocktail. Its irresistible sweetness is nicely balanced out by the infusion of basil for a sipping experience you’ll never want to end! 

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Source: Eazy Peazy Mealz

22. Shirley Temple Drink

Good news: delicious Shirley Temples don’t have to just be for kids. The best part? The OG mocktail is even more delicious than you remember. 

shirley temple drink
Source: Bless This Mess

23. Sparkling Bellini

Your next event would simply be incomplete without a pitcher of this sweet drink. The peach flavor is perfect for summer so be sure to keep this recipe on hand for those warmer days ahead. 

sparkling bellini
Source: Girl and the Kitchen

24. Orange Juice Mocktail

If you have a taste for tequila sunrises, let us introduce something even better. This recipe has all of the flavors you love without the alcohol. Brunch just got even better!

orange juice mocktail
Source: The Worktop

25. Cucumber Ginger Mocktail

This recipe quite literally is ‘cool as a cucumber.’ The refreshing cucumber mixes with the spiced ginger in a fantastic way for one of the best mocktail recipes. Sweetened with sugar and topped with soda water, you’ll have a hard time finding another mocktail quite like this. 

cucumber ginger mocktail
Source: 40 Aprons

26. Lavender Lemonade

Lemonade is always a great choice during the warm summer months, but you can do better than store bought. This recipe includes lavender flavor that you’ll want to be sipping on all year long.

lavender lemonade
Source: Well Plated

27. Adrenal Support Signature Mocktail

Not only is this drink delicious, it also supports your adrenal glands that help regulate your heart rate, blood pressure, and other body functions. Alcohol could never!

adrenal support mocktail
Source: Cotter Crunch

28. Strawberry Basil Kombucha Mocktail

This recipe includes kombucha which is helpful for reducing inflammation and enhancing your immune system—something we can all use a little more of! The fermented beverage can often have a strong flavor, but it mixes in perfectly with the strawberry and basil for a tasty mocktail. 

strawberry basil kombucha mocktail
Source: Fit Foodie Finds

29. Blackberry Basil Kombucha Mocktail

Speaking of kombucha, if strawberry isn’t your flavor of choice, this recipe incorporates basil and blackberry for an added tartness. 

blackberry basil kombucha mocktail
Source: Nourish Move Love

30. Mint and Basil Lemonade

There’s something about basil that pairs well with pretty much everything. Just sweet enough, this lemonade incorporates honey simple syrup. 

mint and basil lemonade
Source: Our Salty Kitchen

31. Frozen Strawberry Margaritas

There’s just something about margaritas that always hit the spot. Now you can bring home your favorite Mexican restaurant beverage with this delicious winner—it’s definitely one of the best strawberry mocktail recipes we’ve encountered so far.

frozen strawberry margarita
Source: The Real Food Dietitians

32. Honey, Blackberry & Sage Refresher Mocktail

Exotic blackberries meet fresh sage in this creative shaken mocktail with an invitingly earthy flair. Plus, there are few extra pleasant surprises tossed into the mix!

best mocktail recipes
Source: Grandbaby Cakes

33. Coconut Water Mocktail

Turn that coconut water you use for rehydration into this incredibly quick and easy mocktail brimming with fresh mint leaves, lime juice, and ginger honey syrup.

best mocktail recipes
Source: Dash of Jazz

34. Sweet and Sour Mocktail

Forget the margarita, as far as best mocktail recipes go, this showcases sweet and sour mix in its best light too. And bonus, if you dig P.F. Chang’s Sweet and Sour Chicken, Rachael of Eazy, Peazy Meals has great pairing suggestions to make a meal out of this mocktail’s inspiration.

best mocktail recipes
Source: Eazy Peazy Mealz

35. Elderberry Pear Kombucha Mocktail

There’s no flavor quite like elderberry. The earthy tartness is balanced perfectly with the sweat pear in this mocktail recipe. 

elderberry mocktail
Source: Lively Table
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