There are many reasons why you might want to avoid alcohol. Whether you’re the designated driver, starting a new health kick, or just don’t drink at all, alcohol isn’t necessary to have fun.
That being said, not drinking can make you feel like you’re missing out, especially during cocktail events with friends. Thanks to their bright colors and intense flavors, cocktails look and taste amazing. If you think that you can’t enjoy one of these delectable drinks, think again! There are endless mocktail recipes that don’t contain any alcohol in them at all.
We’ve scoured the net to find some of the 30 best mocktail recipes on offer. There are even non-alcoholic versions of classic cocktails, so if you’ve ever wanted to try a Pina Colada, Mojito, or Tequila Sunrise, you’re in luck! Whatever your tastes are, you’re sure to find a mocktail you love below.
1. Virgin Pina Colada – Oh So Delicioso
First up, we have a twist on the classic Pina Colada. If you love creamy, sweet, and fruity flavors, you’re going to love this mocktail. This recipe omits any alcohol and focuses on the traditional ingredients, pineapple, cream, and coconut. Make sure that you use coconut cream instead of the normal variety.
It adds a specific velvety texture that the pineapple juice and sweetener cannot mimic.
The cream makes it a great drink in cold weather, while the ice keeps it refreshing enough for warmer days. If you’ve ever wanted to know what Rupert Holmes was on about, try this Virgin Pina Colada before you get caught in the rain!
2. Virgin Bloody Mary – A Couple Cooks
Here’s a recipe for those that prefer savory flavors. This Virgin Bloody Mary removes the vodka but keeps the rest of the tasty ingredients. This isn’t one for sweet lovers, thanks to the olives, cocktail onions, and tomato juice.
The recipe calls for ½ a teaspoon of Tabasco, but feel free to customize the spices to your liking. Kosher salt dusted around the rim of the glass keeps this mocktail looking as fancy as it tastes. Choose between celery, lemon wedges, and cocktail onions for garnish – or even all three.
3. Non-Alcoholic Sangria Mocktail – Recipes From A Pantry
As it’s made in a pitcher, this mocktail is perfect for sharing with friends and family. Sangria can be enjoyed anytime, especially on summer nights or in the run-up to the holidays.
Grape juice replaces wine in this recipe, giving the drink its traditional flavor without any alcohol. This drink is full of fruit slices, giving it a refreshing feel.
If you’re serving it in the winter, feel free to add cinnamon sticks for a festive spice.
4. Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini – The Mindful Mocktail
Coffee lovers, rejoice! Here’s a mocktail that’s perfect for you. This recipe only needs 3 ingredients: espresso, sweet condensed milk, and skim milk.
It’s really simple to make, you just place the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, then shake. Like other espresso martinis, this looks best when it’s strained into a martini glass.
Top with a few coffee beans for a professional finish, then you’re done. If you prefer, you can also add non-alcoholic vodka, but it tastes just as good without it.
5. Non-Alcoholic Moscow Mule – Like Mother Like Daughter
Omit the vodka from a Moscow Mule, and you have a refreshing drink that’s perfect for all occasions. Ginger beer melds with lime juice for a crisp taste. Simple syrup is then added for an underlying sweetness.
This is a great drink for everyone, especially pregnant mums, as ginger beer is known to ease nauseous symptoms. If you’re making this for multiple people, make some ice cubes out of ginger beer so that it doesn’t water down.
6. Apple Cider Mocktail – Rachel Cooks
This mocktail tastes like fall in a drink. It’s packed with autumn-appropriate flavors, but you’ll crave this one year-round. Cinnamon, ginger, and apple cider combine for a beautiful spice.
Sugar and apple slices give an underlying fruity sweetness, while Cinnamon sugar around the rim of your glass adds an aesthetically pleasing finish. If you’re serving this to friends who do drink, a little rum or bourbon pairs nicely with this, but it tastes even more amazing without the alcohol.
7. Tequila Sunrise Orange Mocktail – Whisk It Real Gud
The best part about a Tequila Sunrise is how the different density drinks look on top of each other. This Mocktail is no different. You still need grenadine and orange juice, but this recipe also calls for lemon soda and peach juice. Make sure that your juices are pulp-free for this one, or it won’t go down as nicely.
Remember to add the grenadine last! It needs to sink to the bottom, but if you add it first, the other liquids will mix with the syrup afterward.
8. Margarita Mocktail Recipe – Liz On Call
It can be hard to get a Virgin Margarita right, but this recipe comes pretty close. Limeade, simple syrup, and orange juice combine for a refreshing taste. The glasses are topped with club soda to add some bubbles.
Lastly, lime wedges are added to each glass, while coarse salt is placed around the rim for the classic Margarita feel. Make sure that you don’t leave out the salt, as it balances the sourness from the limes.
9. Whiskey Sour Mocktail – Aubrey’s Kitchen
Don’t be put off by the name, as this mocktail is still alcohol-free. You’ll need to purchase a non-alcoholic whiskey spirit for this one. There are several on the market, but these are easily found online.
Shake the whiskey alternative with some lemon juice and simple syrup, then strain into a little glass. If you don’t have simple syrup, you can replace this with maple syrup or honey, though it will taste a little different. Top with some ice and a maraschino cherry for a picture-perfect finish.
10. Cuddles On The Beach – Mix That Drink
This is a spin-off from the classic Sex On The Beach cocktail. Simply omit the vodka and replace the peach schnapps with peach nectar.
Cranberry and grapefruit juice add the classic red and orange colors, while the nectar adds the traditional fruity flavor.
This one tastes pretty similar to the original cocktail. If you don’t have peach nectar, you can use peach juice, but it may leave your drink a little runnier than intended.
11. Strawberry Mocktail Recipe – Girl Heart Food
If you love strawberries, you have to try this one out. Strawberries are fresh, juicy, and sweet, and this mocktail is no different. Adding lime and mint to the mix provides a nice contrast with the berries.
If you like your drinks a little sweeter, feel free to add honey or maple syrup, but don’t add too much, as this can mask the effect of the mint. Top up with sparkling water for some bubbles, or go for a flavored one to add more strawberry or lime flavors.
12. Blueberry Ginger Cooler – Cook With Manali
This unique drink is great to cool you and others down, especially on a hot summer’s day. This may look complicated, but it is quite easy to put together. All you need are blueberries, ginger, sparkling water, and sugar.
The main effort comes from creating the blueberry and ginger syrup, but once this is done, you just need to mix the syrup with flavored sparkling water. That’s it! Don’t use plain sparkling water, as this will water down the fruity flavors.
13. Kiwi Mojito Mocktail – Lincy’s Cook Art
This spin on a classic mojito is unusual as it involves kiwis. Kiwis are sweet and refreshing. They have an underlying acidic taste that pairs well with mint and lemon.
These elements meld nicely in this recipe but do be sure to muddle the mint enough. If you don’t, the mint won’t release its crisp flavors. If you prefer a little more spice, a hint of ginger or pepper will mix nicely in this drink.
14. Frozen Peach Bellini Mocktail – Spicy Southern Kitchen
There’s nothing like a fresh ripe peach, and this mocktail makes the most of them. This recipe also swaps sugar for sweetener, so this is an ideal drink if you’re watching your sugar intake.
Frozen peach slices and apple juice are blended, creating a smooth slushie-like consistency. Make sure that you add a little lime juice afterward, as it adds a nice contrast to the strong fruity flavors.
15. The Orchard Mocktail – Food 52
If you’re looking for a mocktail that will please both older and younger people alike, this is one to try. Blueberry juice adds luscious berry flavors and lends a beautiful purple color to the drink.
Basil and apple cider give a sophisticated spice, while orange slices keep the drink nice and juicy.
Blueberry juice is normally found in specialty markets, but if you’re struggling to find it, make it at home by using a juicer. If you do this, be sure to add some filtered water so the juice isn’t too strong.
16. Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail – The Real Food Dieticians
If you like the taste of Kombucha, you’ll love this mocktail recipe. As cranberry juice combines with Kombucha, they create a fruity taste with nice acidity.
You can choose any type of kombucha that you like, but flavored ones go best with this recipe. Ginger, cranberry, or apple will all meld nicely with cranberry juice.
You’ll need a muddler to release the ginger and rosemary scents, but if you don’t have one, the back of a wooden spoon will do just fine.
17. Pink Champagne Mocktail – All Recipes
Unlike the name suggests, there’s no champagne used in this recipe. Ginger ale provides the necessary bubbles. Cranberry, pineapple, and orange juice mix together for a fruity, sweet, and refreshing taste.
The drink is stirred with some ice, then poured into champagne flutes for a pleasing finish. This is a good one for those that are watching what they eat, as there are less than 150 calories in each glass.
18. Virgin Mojito Mocktail – Mindful Mocktail
This is another good option for health-conscious people, as sugar-free sweeteners and club soda keep the calories low. You don’t need to be a skilled bartender to make this one, as this is a simple recipe that anyone can make. You will need some non-alcoholic rum for this one, so make sure that you have this on hand beforehand.
This mojito tastes just like the original, but if you prefer your drinks a little sweeter, feel free to add some Stevia, honey, or some more sweetener.
19. Gingerbread Martini Mocktail – This Vivacious Life
The holidays can be tough on those that aren’t drinking, but this mocktail will make you feel like you’re not missing out at all. This is a beautifully decadent recipe, as it’s packed with cream, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
The ingredients are all shaken together, creating a creamy, sweet, and spicy drink. This is nice to have on its own, but it goes nicely with gingerbread and cookies. Don’t feel as though you can only have this mocktail in winter.
This Gingerbread Martini is the perfect treat to end the night.
20. Cherry Margarita Mocktail – An Alli Event
Margarita’s are normally known for being filled with limes, but have you ever thought about adding cherries to the mix? Cherries and lime pair unusually well, giving a tart sweetness with underlying acidity.
You’ll need Cherry 7UP® for this, but any cherry limeade brand will do. Blend the soda with cherry juice concentrate and ice cubes.
The result is a bright red concoction that’s perfect for brightening up gloomy days. Make sure that you add salt around the rim for a classic Margarita feel.
21. 4th Of July Mocktail – Jam Jar Kitchen
This patriotic mocktail has hints of red, white, and blue running through it. You don’t need to worry about artificial ingredients, as the colors are all from natural sources.
This drink is full of fruity flavors and topped up with bubbly club soda. Honey and simple syrup add a sweetness that goes well with the sour lemon and lime juice.
This is a perfect drink to serve to both kids and adults, so try making a large batch in a pitcher or punch bowl.
22. Salted Caramel White Russian Mocktails – Tablespoon
Thanks to the vodka and coffee liqueur, White Russians are rich, sweet, and bold. This mocktail omits these alcoholic ingredients but has the same effect by adding more coffee.
Espresso powder gives this drink a punch, while cocoa and salted caramel sauce add a chocolatey sweet taste. Topped up with caramel sauce and whipped cream, this mocktail is truly decadent.
23. Fruit Sweetened Hurricane Mocktail – A Meal In Mind
At first glance, this mocktail is vivid and bright in color. No dyes or colors are used here, as the bright red tint comes from the fruit used within. Passion fruit, orange, pineapple, lime, and pomegranates all combine for a strong juicy flavor.
The drink tastes tropical thanks to the fruit juices, while raspberry lime sparkling water tones down its intensity. Topped with maraschino cherries and lime slices, this mocktail will make you feel as though you’ve been whisked away on vacation.
24. Blue Lagoon Mocktail – Savor The Flavor
This recipe is great for when you’re short on time, but want to kick back with a refreshing beverage. This Blue Lagoon mocktail takes just three ingredients to make: Blue Curacao syrup, lemon juice, and lemon-lime soda.
Simply pour the syrup into the glass, then top with the soda and lemon juice. Thanks to its vivid blue hue, this drink is pleasing for both your and your friend’s eyes. This is great topped with ice, but feel free to freeze the mixture and drink it as a slushie later.
25. Key Lime Pie Mocktail – Allianna’s Kitchen
Key lime pie lovers will adore this mocktail by the same name. It’s perfect for quenching your thirst on hot days, as you can assemble one in under 5 minutes. Pineapple juice, coconut milk, and lime juice give this drink a sweet taste with a creamy consistency.
The acidity from the lime provides that classic key lime taste. Topped with coconut whipped cream and graham crackers, this mocktail looks as amazing as it tastes. It’s also dairy, alcohol, and gluten-free, making this suitable for a whole range of diet plans.
26. Sherbet Fizz Mocktail – The Happy Foodie
As the name suggests, this drink is reminiscent of fruit-flavored sweets. This isn’t one for those on diets! Lemons, grapefruit, and oranges combine with lots of sugar, creating a juicy cloying syrup.
The mixture is then topped with juice and soda water to tone the flavors down. When it’s kept in a sealed bottle,
Sherbet Fizz can last up to 2 weeks in the fridge. You can make this in advance and serve at parties, or even make a bottle to send as a gift. The opportunities are endless, just make sure you leave enough time to make the original fruit syrup.
27. Green Grasshopper Mocktail – Food Meanderings
This is a non-alcoholic version of the Grasshopper cocktail. Its vivid green colors and sweet flavors will keep kids entertained, but adults will love it just as much. Peppermint mixes with hot chocolate for a powerful minty taste.
Almond extract and cream are added to give it its velvety texture. You’ll need green food coloring for this, as you can add as much or a little as desired. Top with whipped cream or some mint leaves and marvel at your gorgeous creation.
28. Roy Rogers – Food Viva
A Roy Rogers is a simple cocktail that’s easy to make, and this mocktail is just the same. You just need to add grenadine syrup into a glass filled with ice. Top with enough cola and add cherries for garnish.
This mocktail may seem easy enough, but cola and grenadine are underrated flavors.
Even without alcohol, these substances meld well together, lending both sweet and salty tastes to the tongue. If you’re worried about the sugar intake, simply swap the cola for a diet option, or use a little less grenadine.
29. Elderflower Apple And Mint Fizz Mocktail – Cocktail Mocktail
This elegant drink is filled with sophisticated flavors. Elderflower cordial keeps adults happy, while apple juice and limes provide a much-needed fruitiness. Mint leaves keep the drink refreshing, so this is a great option for warmer days.
Sparkling water will keep the drink bubbling, but for maximum effect, pour the drink into a nice highball glass and top with a few mint leaves. Your drink will look classy and should taste amazing.
30. Thanksgiving Mocktails With Pomegranate – This Vivacious Life
This may be called a Thanksgiving mocktail, but this drink is great all year round. Ginger beer, cinnamon, and nutmeg are nice autumnal spices, but pomegranates and lime keep this drink refreshing enough for warmer days.
You can customize the sweetness to your liking by adding agave syrup, but this mocktail tastes just as delicious without it. You can also mix in some non-alcoholic prosecco for some more bubbles. If you’re handing this drink out to others, make sure that the glasses are ice cold on serving.