Mocktail Recipes You'll Actually Want to Try

Bryan Gardner

Even if you're supplying booze at your bash, consider offering a drink sans alcohol, so that all guests—from your flower girl and ring bearer to your expecting sister-in-law—can toast, without getting toasted. Whether shaken, blended, or stirred, each of these nonalcoholic cocktails are imbibed with bold flavors and gorgeous garnishes, so they'll seem just as special as their distilled counterparts.

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Pomegranate Seltzer

Bryan Gardner

Pomegranate is the star of this alcohol-free drink recipe. Top the seeds and juice with ice and sparkling water to give the mocktail a pretty ombré effect.

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Lemon-Sage Seltzer

Bryan Gardner

Simple syrup spiked with sage gives this booze-free bubbly drink its fresh flavor. Garnish with a sage sprig to serve.

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Lavender-Lime Seltzer

Bryan Gardner

Boil fresh lavender with sugar to create the sweet syrup that flavors this nonalcoholic cocktail.

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Cherry Limeade

Paul Costello

This virgin refresher serves 20, making it the perfect big-batch recipe for hydrating guests of all ages with a balanced blend of sweet and tart.

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Apple and Rosemary Fizz


Garnished with a rosemary sprig, this sparkling sipper puts a kid-friendly spin on the real thing.

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Hot Apple Cider with Sugared Cranberries


For a cozy childhood favorite, make cider that's spiced but not spiked. Garnish with a skewer of sugared cranberries to complete the cocktail, which is perfect for cold-weather weddings.

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Agua Verde


A verde (and virgin!) version of the ever-popular Bloody Mary, these shooters are sure to satisfy—even sans liquor.

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White Peach Iced Tea

Johnny Miller

Simmer sliced fruit into a syrup, then blend with chilled white tea for a nonalcoholic option to help guests cool off before an outdoor ceremony.

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Honeydew-Jasmine Seltzer Cocktail

Johnny Miller

This wedding mocktail gets its green tint from melon balls and its fragrant flavor from jasmine tea-scented simple syrup.

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Cherry-Blossom Tea and Pink Lemonade

Con Poulos

Floral tea, lemon juice, simple syrup, and grenadine come together in this rosy, nonalcoholic version of the Arnold Palmer.

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Red-Apple Sangria

Anna Williams

A medley of four fruit juices is the secret to our seriously satisfying virgin sangria.

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Pomegranate-Citrus Juice


Just because a beverage is booze-free doesn't mean it has to be boring. A variety of fresh fruits, including grapefruits, oranges, tangerines, and lime keeps this concoction exciting, while a topping of pomegranate juice, which settles to the bottom, gives the drink its ombré look.

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Black-Currant Cider Sparklers

Con Poulos

Swap sparkling cider with Champagne to concoct this bright, bubbly beverage for your big day. We used black-currant juice, but you can switch up the mixer to match your color palette—or your taste palette.

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Sparkling Cider and Cara Cara Orange Punch

James Wojcik

Omit the optional Calvados for this punch that lacks booze but not flavor. For a fancy finish, we crowned the glasses in ground crystallized ginger and adorned the drink with a candied citrus peel.

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Cranberry Sparkler

Courtesy of The Martha Stewart Show

Vodka isn't the only option for cranberry juice-loving couples. Add a splash of sparkling water and blackberry purée for a just-as-delicious drink fit for festive holiday affairs.

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Pink Grapefruit "Margaritas"

Charles Maraia

Treat the little ones at your celebration to a pink drink that mimics the grown-up margarita. Instead of a salted rim, opt for sanding sugar.

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Spiced Steamed Milk

Charles Maraia

Give guests a warm, alcohol-free alternative to holiday eggnog. Frothy milk steeped with cinnamon and cloves and sweetened with honey gets a dash of nutmeg in this wintry wedding mocktail.

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Cherry Bombs

Charles Maraia

When it comes to wedding cocktails, you can't go wrong with the classic Shirley Temple. Our recipe starts with grenadine ice cubes and ends with a generous helping of maraschino cherries.

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Apple-Ginger Sparklers

Charles Maraia

Spice things up at your autumn reception with this carbonated combination of three favorite fall flavors: apple, ginger, and cinnamon.

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