15 Mocktail Recipes That Are Totally Refreshing
Lots of party people want to raise a glass that's buzzy but not boozy—from a mom-to-be at a baby shower to teetotalers who appreciate a well-crafted drink.
Free of alcohol doesn't mean free of flavor! Virgin versions of classic cocktails like margaritas, sangria, and boozy punches rely on fresh fruit juices and sparkling ciders for a pop. Plus, most of these juices are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants so you can feel good and festive at the same time. Have all the fun sans hangover-inducing booze with effervescent, citrusy concoctions like Sparkling Cider with Cara Cara Orange Punch or tart Ginger-Lime Fizz.
While faux-cocktails are popular for baby showers and family parties, you don't need a special occasion to indulge in these refreshing beverages. Serve them any night of the week. Stock up on an alcohol-free Riesling, the Italian soda Sanbitter that tastes like a virgin version of Campari for a nonalcoholic spritz, or an herbal tonic water like Fever Tree so you can serve gin-free G&Ts (like our Mediterranean Cucumber Tonic).
The best part is that these nonalcoholic drinks not only taste great but they can be made in a snap using your classic bar tools like a cocktail shaker or muddler (and some require no tools at all!). Shake up blackberry purée and white cranberry juice in our holiday-appropriate Cranberry Sparkler or create a frozen Pink Grapefruit Margarita, no tequila or salt in sight. Want a taste of nostalgia? Our Cherry Bomb mocktail is inspired by the little princess herself, Shirley Temple. During the summer months, there's no better time to take advantage of the abundance of fresh watermelon in this bright pink beverage, which gets extra zest from, not frozen lemonade concentrate, but freshly squeezed lemons. Top it all off with eye-catching garnishes like fruit segments, fresh mint leaves, or a classic cherry on top. Infuse your party with family-friendly flavor with these no-fail nonalcoholic drinks.
Mint, Lime, and Ginger Sparkler
Iced Passion-Fruit Green Tea
Blackberry-Plum Smash with Basil
Mediterranean Cucumber Tonic
Pink Grapefruit "Margaritas"
With pink grapefruit juice and pomegranate syrup, this booze-free margarita transports you to warmer climes. Serve in a martini or margarita glass for a sophisticated presentation.
Sparkling Cider with Cara Cara Orange Punch
This festive punch made with winter citruses is a fun holiday mocktail, but of course we love it year-round. For a special touch, garnish with candied oranges.
If you're feeling spooky, then this blood-moon punch will have you howling toward the moon. A vampy, virgin mixture of orange juice, grape juice, seltzer, ginger soda, and lime juice taste eerily delicious.
Who said club soda was boring? A generous splash of pomegranate juice, a touch of sugar, and a maraschino cherry on top create a very enticing bright pink drink!
Inspired by that classic beer cocktail, the Michelada, this mocktail combines kombucha, a popular fermented tea drink, with tomato paste and lime juice for tart refresher.
Prepare a batch of this pink drink and your summer celebration will be made in the shade.
Fruity Ice Wreath
The best and beautiful way to serve a non-alcoholic punch for a holiday party is with this icy wreath. It's made of cranberry juice and berries, plus orange and lemon slices—and formed in a bundt pan!