30 Mocktails That Are Anything But Boring

Aside from wanting to pursue a sober lifestyle, there are plenty of other reasons why someone might prefer drinking mocktails over cocktails. For example, some swap out real alcoholic beverages for the tasty alternatives because they often have fewer calories and sugar. They can also be made with more nutritious ingredients and are less expensive, according to All & About Qatar.


Another reason people might prefer drinking mocktails is so that they can enjoy social outings with friends or significant others without feeling like they're sticking out like a sore thumb by turning down liquor. Pregnant women, underage teenagers, and people battling chronic illnesses can still feel like they're indulging and included when they're sipping on a refreshing mocktail.

According to Included Health, mocktails taste great, look fancy, and are non-addictive. And, another major plus? You won't have to deal with a terrible hangover the morning after drinking them all night. Here are some of the most delicious mocktails to try making at home.

Frozen Apple Margarita

According to Frozen Beverage Dispensers, frozen drinks are all the rage and have been for many generations. It turns out that Baby Boomers, Generation X-ers, Millennials, and Generation Z-ers all enjoy blended drinks equally.


If you're craving a refreshing frozen drink and apples are one of your favorite fruits, try this Taste.com frozen apple margarita recipe. It's simple to make. You need one lime cut in half, two tablespoons of finely grated lime rind, two tablespoons of lime juice, four cups of ice cubes, four slices of green apples, salt, and lime zest. Instead of adding a cup of tequila to the blender, add three cups of sparkling apple juice instead. Instant hit!

Spicy Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca

Watermelon is one of the most delicious fruits to eat since it is naturally sweet and juicy. According to Restaurant Business, watermelon beverages have been gaining popularity on menus in a major way over the last few years, with watermelon-flavored iced tea rising in popularity by 67% in 2018. 


Watermelon lovers everywhere can indulge in this tasty mocktail by The Kitchy Kitchen. The Spicy Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca is made with two cups of cold water, two cups of watermelon (seeded and chopped with the rind completely removed), and two tablespoons of granulated sugar. It also requires one tablespoon of lime juice, a quarter cup of mint leaves, half of a roughly chopped jalapeño, and ice cubes. After you blend all of your ingredients together, pour the combination through a strainer to ensure that no pulp gets into the final product.

Virgin Mojito

Mastering the perfect virgin mojito doesn't have to be a challenge. The Mindful Mocktail says the minty drink is easy to make (and healthy!) for one person or for a crowd. Since the recipe is adaptable, you can increase or decrease the quantities of your ingredients based on how many people you're having over. The ingredients you'll need are fresh limes, fresh mint, your choice of sweetener, soda water, and ice. Add alcohol-free rum if you still want that toasted sugar flavor profile. 


The Sustainable Cooks version of the best mojitos is made with fresh lime juice, simple syrup that tastes like honey, mint leaves, sparkling water, and ice. For a finishing touch, garnish with a slice of lime or a sprig of mint.

Chile Lime Pineapple Soda

Chile Lime Pineapple Soda is another delicious mocktail to consider. Because it's gluten-free and vegan, it's one of the healthier options out there. According to PunchFork and Bon Appétit, all you need is one lime, two dried chiles, half a cup of sugar, three cups of pineapple juice, one tablespoon of pink peppercorns, a pinch of kosher salt, and nine cups of club soda that have been divided up. 


To make the drink, crush the peppercorns with a mortar and pestle before removing the zest from your lime. After that, mix together your chiles, pineapple juice, salt, and sugar until it is completely dissolved. Keep the concoction covered and chilled in your fridge for up to 12 hours before straining it in a mesh sieve and serving.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Mocktail

When it's time to celebrate holidays, sugar- and cinnamon-filled snickerdoodle cookies are some of the most popular treats to enjoy. And now there's a delicious mocktail that is inspired by those same yummy flavors. According to  Whispered Inspirations, Snickerdoodle Cookie Mocktails can immediately put you in a festive mood. Whip one up to enjoy while wrapping gifts or decorating your tree.


The ingredients you need for this mocktail, according to Somewhat Simple, are ice, half-and-half or heavy whipping cream, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar. For a garnish, you can use crushed-up graham crackers, sprinkles, cinnamon sticks, or fully baked snickerdoodle cookies. For a dairy-free version, swap in soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk.

Non-Alcoholic Apple Cider Sangria

The Busy Baker describes apple cider sangria as being the perfect drink for entertaining guests on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The version made with alcohol is delicious and is a popular enough drink that of course there is a non-alcoholic option to test out. 


According to Cook With Manal! there are several ingredients you'll need for a Non-Alcoholic Apple Cider Sangria beverage. You'll need one Granny Smith apple, one Honeycrisp apple, one orange, one pear, one pomegranate, non-alcoholic apple cider, and sparkling water (plain or lemon-lime-flavored). One to two tablespoons of sugar is optional. After everything is blended together, leave a few pieces of fruit out to add as garnishes before serving it to your guests.

Tropical Punch Mocktail

Tropical-flavored cocktails are fun to sip on because they make you feel like you're on a vacation. Liz On Call's tropical-flavored cocktail recipe is perfect for a girls' night out, a luau-themed party, or a bachelorette event. 


The Taste.com recipe calls for half a cup of pineapple juice, one thinly sliced orange, four bruised lemon grass stems, four chilled cans of sparkling passionfruit drinks, and mint sprigs. This recipe requires a lot of patience because you have to start it the night before. First, divide your pineapple juice among the 12-hole ice cube tray to freeze overnight. The next day, split up your pineapple ice cubes with equal amounts of orange, lemongrass, sparkling passionfruit drink, and mint.

Mango Mule Mocktail

Since Mango Mules are rarer cocktails to drink, enjoying them in mocktail form is even more interesting and special. According to Total Wine & More, regular Mango Mule cocktails have the tropical and well-balanced sweet flavors of spicy ginger and citrus mango. 


To replicate Pink Lotus' virgin recipe grab five slices of cucumber, a half ounce of simple syrup, 1.5 ounces of mango purée, 1.5 ounces of fresh lime juice, two ounces of ginger beer, and some mint, cucumber, and lime for garnishes. Put simple syrup and muddled cucumber into the bottom of your cocktail shaker before adding lime juice, mango purée, and ice. Once everything is added to the shaker, combine it before pouring the drink into a glass. Top off with some ginger beer, stir, and add your preferred garnishes.

Shirley Temple

There's no way movie lovers will ever be able to forget about child actress Shirley Temple who rose to fame in the '30s. According to IMDb, she starred in several notable films including "The Little Colonel," "The Little Princess," "Poor Little Rich Girl," and "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm." It's not surprising at all that a delicious non-alcoholic beverage was created and named in her honor. 


According to BellyFull, you can enjoy a classic Shirley Temple drink by mixing lemon-lime-flavored soda with ginger ale and a little bit of grenadine poured in over the ice. Rim your cup with sugar, then top it off with a maraschino cherry.

Strawberry Ginger Lemonade

There's something super refreshing about mixing strawberry, ginger, and lemon flavors together. The Bon Appétit recipe for Strawberry Ginger Lemonade is perfect for non-drinkers who want to hold onto a summertime vibe. All you'll need are three hulled strawberries, four ounces of lemon ginger brew, and a slice of lemon to use as a garnish. 


Foxes Love Lemons offers up a different recipe which includes three cups of water, two cups of whole strawberries, one tablespoon of peeled ginger, one cup of lemon juice, and half a cup of granulated sugar. Purée all the ingredients together in a blender before putting everything through a mesh strainer until you are only left with the liquids.

Chai Blossom

It's pretty obvious that chai is one of the healthiest ingredients you can add to recipes if you're trying to improve your health. According to Healthline, sipping on chai can help reduce blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels, and can also lead to weight loss. If you're struggling with nausea or difficulty digesting food, chai can come in handy for you there too. 


Bon Appétit has a Chai Blossom recipe that includes half a cup of sugar, half a cup of fresh lime juice, eight to 12 ounces of club soda, four whole star anise pods, four lemon twists, and two chai teabags. If you have all of these ingredients, you're in luck. Enjoy the delicious drink and the health benefits that come with it.

Cranberry Maple Rosemary Mocktail

Did you know rosemary has powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties (via Nourish by WebMD)? It is also linked to reducing your risk of cancer, lowering your stress, improving your memory, and boosting your ability to concentrate. This ingredient isn't something that should only be added to mashed potatoes or vegetable platters; it belongs in mocktails too!


Add it to this festive Cranberry Maple Rosemary Mocktail recipe by Cook With Manal!. In addition to your cranberry juice, you'll need half a cup of water, half a cup of maple syrup, and two to three twigs of rosemary. Delicious and good for you, what could be better?

Coconut Creme Mocktini

Consider using coconut as the base of your next favorite mocktail when you want to take care of your body from the inside out. According to Everyday Health, coconuts are filled with fiber that aids your digestion and can leave you feeling more energized. 


For the Art From My Table recipe for a Coconut Creme Mocktini, you'll need one teaspoon of honey, one tablespoon of coconut flakes, a fourth of a cup of pineapple juice, half a cup of cream of coconut, half a teaspoon of coconut extract, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a handful of ice cubes. Once you have all of your ingredients, use a cocktail shaker to combine them.

Pink Grapefruit Fizz

Yes, mocktails pair perfectly with bubbles and the Pink Grapefruit Fizz truly matches its name. Plus, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, grapefruit is filled with minerals, nutrients, and vitamins, making it a great choice for mocktails.


According to Taste.com, to make your own Pink Grapefruit Fizz, combine one and a half cups of castor sugar, one and a half cups of ruby red grapefruit juice, 1.25 liters of soda water, one sliced-up red grapefruit, and some ice cubes. 

This mocktail requires a little more effort since you'll have to combine the sugar and cold water in a saucepan over medium heat for about five minutes before adding your grapefruit juice. After that, put everything in the fridge for about 40 minutes before adding your soda water, grapefruit slices, and ice.

Dry Cranberry Spitzer

Cranberries have been considered a superfood for many years, and Medical News Today describes them as being high in nutrients and antioxidants. In fact, when you enjoy a handful of cranberries, you lower your risk of urinary tract infections, dealing with high blood pressure, and even certain types of cancer. 


Town & Country shared a delicious recipe for a Dry Cranberry Spritzer that is made with 1.5 ounces of Seedlip Grove 42, one ounce of maudlin cranberry, one ounce of lime juice, two dashes of orange bitters, and some bubbling grapefruit soda. Before adding your soda, combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, then pour the liquid through a strainer. Top it off with that grapefruit soda until your cup is full.

Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri

The flavor of Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri is so amazing, you won't even miss the alcohol at all. A recipe from House of Nash Eats calls for four cups of frozen strawberries, half a cup of lime juice, simple syrup, and one cup of lemon-lime soda. Allrecipes shared a similar lineup of ingredients, with their main difference being that they suggest adding a fourth of a cup of white sugar. 


For both recipes, you'll want to blend everything together until you achieve a smooth consistency. Then, pour the drink into a glass to serve with strawberries and limes as garnishes. 

Not a huge fan of strawberries? It's easy enough to swap them out for other frozen fruits. Mangoes, blueberries, or peaches are all great options to try.

Virgin Cosmopolitan

There's something elegant about a Cosmopolitan, and sipping on one instantly makes anyone look incredibly classy. The Mindful Mocktail shared a recipe for the drink's virgin alternative that includes three ounces of reduced-sugar cranberry juice, one ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice, one ounce of sparkling water, and one ounce of orange juice. Combine all of these ingredients in a cocktail shaker before pouring it into a martini glass. If you don't mind extra sugar in your recipe, you can opt for a regular cranberry juice instead of a low-sugar version.


Chocolate Fake-Tini

If sipping on a decadent mocktail sounds fabulous to you, then the Chocolate Fake-Tini might just be the perfect fit. According to Live Science, chocolate drinks rose to fame and gained tons of notoriety back in the 18th century, when they were considered a delicacy reserved for only a select few. Times have certainly changed because more people than ever have access to chocolate in its many forms in everyday life. 


Amy's Cooking Adventures showcases a delicious recipe for a Chocolate Fake-Tini that calls for three ounces of chocolate syrup, two Hershey's kisses, and three ounces of milk or cream. To begin making the drink, drizzle chocolate syrup into a martini glass and add a chocolate kiss to the bottom of the glass. Pour your milk or cream and chocolate syrup into a shaker full of ice to combine everything. Last but not least, pour the concoction into your martini glass and enjoy.

Orange Mango Crush Mocktail

If you're in the mood for something fruity and flavorful, the Orange Mango Crush Mocktail is a great choice. To make it, all you need is two cups of orange juice, four scoops of lemon sorbet, two cups of chilled mango nectar, two cups of chilled soda water, crushed ice, and orange slices to use as a garnish (via Taste.com). Grab your blender to mix the orange juice and sorbet together before adding the liquid to a larger serving jug. Then, mix in your mango nectar and soda water, and pour the drink over ice before adding orange slices for visual flair. 


According to WebMD, oranges are great to add to any recipe because they help protect your cells from damage, help your body produce more collagen, make it easy for your body to absorb iron, and help boost your immune system.

Virgin Cucumber Gimlet

Cucumbers are an incredibly nutritious food to enjoy since they're low in calories but filled to the brim with important minerals and vitamins (via Healthline). They contain antioxidants and help promote hydration as well. So it only seems natural to make a refreshing mocktail starring cucumbers as the main ingredient.


According to Town & Country, the perfect Virgin Cucumber Gimlet is made with 1.5 ounces of club soda, four to five slices of muddled cucumber, one ounce of fresh lime juice, and one ounce of simple syrup. All you have to do is mix all the ingredients together, shake them with ice, and serve them on the rocks. You can make your drink fancy by adding a rolled-up cucumber slice on top as a garnish.

Non-Alcoholic Mimosa

Delicious mimosas are a brunch staple. In fact, according to Tastewise, mimosas are popular enough to beat out other menu options including sparkling wine, beer, and plain champagne. 

A typical mimosa is made with orange juice and champagne, but if you're skipping the champagne, you have to get a little creative with other flavors. You can enjoy a non-alcoholic Mimosa by combining a blend of orange juice, pineapple juice, and Perrier L'Orange Flavor Slim Cann (via Simple Joy). Specifically, you'll need two ounces of orange juice, two ounces of pineapple juice, and four ounces of the Perrier. Combine everything in a glass and garnish with an orange wedge.


Peach Melba Punch

According to Nourish by WebMD, peaches offer a great boost of vitamin C. And a Peach Melba Punch Mocktail is a delicious blend of yellow peaches, pineapple juice, raspberries, lemonade, and fresh mint sprigs (via Taste.com).


To make the drink, chop up your peaches before tossing them into a food processor with the pineapple juice. Once everything is smooth, press the mixture through a sieve and discard any solids. After that, lightly crush your raspberries in a bowl with a fork. Next, add your ice, peach slices, and purée into a jug that's capable of holding up to two liters.

Tumeric Tonic

According to Divinity Nutra, incorporating turmeric into your diet can be incredibly beneficial to your health. It can help with arthritis and joint pain, reduce chronic inflammation, and aid weight loss, among other things. It even helps fight back against some common diseases, including hypertension, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and more.


Since turmeric is such a winning ingredient, it makes sense why you would want to sip on a Turmeric Tonic. To make this healthy mocktail, you'll need one knob of fresh turmeric that's been peeled and grated, one knob of ginger that's also been peeled and grated, three cardamom pods that have been ground up, four cups of filtered water, two tablespoons of honey, some freshly ground black pepper, and a fourth of a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (via Food52).

Berry Burlesque

When thinking of burlesque dancers and performances, the first things that come to mind are probably sultry moves, sensual music, and beautiful dancers. With all of this in mind, what would it taste like to drink a mocktail called the Berry Burlesque?


According to Town & Country, a Berry Burlesque is made with 0.5 ounces of lime juice, 0.5 ounces of honey syrup, one ounce of black currant purée, four to six mint leaves, and ginger beer. Making this mocktail is easy enough because all you have to do is combine and shake all the ingredients together in a tin with ice.

Wild Raspberry and Hibiscus Fruit Boost Punch

Hibiscus flowers go dormant during some parts of the year, but become visible every single spring, according to Get Busy Gardening. This means a Wild Raspberry and Hibiscus Fruit Boost Punch is the perfect drink to look forward to after a long winter.


According to Taste.com, you can make your own with three thinly skinned oranges, 700 milliliters of Wild Raspberry and Hibiscus Fuze Iced Tea, 250 grams of fresh raspberries, two to three cups of ice cubes, and four to five hibiscus flowers in syrup. This mocktail is a little more complicated to make since you have to start off by juicing your oranges. Next, you'll add the iced tea before adding your raspberries. Crush everything together with a potato masher or fork, then add ice and hibiscus flowers.

PG-13 Singapore Sling

According to Michigan State University, a PG-13 movie contains material that's inappropriate for kids under 13 to watch on their own. What does it mean if you come across a drink recipe that has PG-13 in the title, though? Ironically, since the PG-13 Singapore Sling doesn't have any alcohol in it, it's actually kid-friendly and available to people of all ages. 


The epicurious PG-13 Singapore Sling is made with a third of a cup of pomegranate juice, half a cup of mango juice, half a cup of pineapple juice, two tablespoons of fresh lime juice, and two to three ounces of tonic water. All you have to do is combine all of your ingredients in a pitcher with ice before serving.

Virgin Piña Coladas

According to CGA, piña coladas jumped from 17th place to ninth place when it comes to the most popular cocktails to order in 2022. Since so many people love piña coladas, it makes sense that a non-alcoholic version was invented.


The Food Charlatan shared a recipe for virgin piña coladas that consists of one cup of cream of coconut, a third of a cup of pineapple juice, two tablespoons of fresh lime juice, one teaspoon of rum extract, one teaspoon of molasses (optional), 10 ounces of frozen pineapple, and optional maraschino cherries or chopped pineapples to add as garnishes on top. Simply blend everything together and enjoy.

Pineapple and Passion Fruit Soda

Using soda water as the base of any mocktail adds to a bubbling and refreshing taste. And according to Conserve Energy Future, passion fruit is a great source of fiber that helps you maintain healthy blood pressure. So combining both ensures the Pineapple and Passion Fruit Soda Mocktail won't disappoint. 


According to Taste.com, to make your own drink you'll need one-and-a-fourth cups of unsweetened pineapple juice, a fourth of a cup of lemon juice, one-and-a-fourth cups of castor sugar, three passion fruits cut in half, two liters of soda water, and ice cubes. Combining your pineapple juice, lemon juice, and sugar in a saucepan over low heat on the stove is your first step. Once everything is boiling, you can let it start to cool down while it slightly thickens. Mash up your passion fruit to a pulp, and combine everything together for the perfect fruity drink.

Lavender Lemonade

Any mocktail that tastes like a citrusy and revitalizing lemonade is a win. And not only does lavender – a flowering plant from the mint family, according to Everyday Health — smell incredible, it also adds a delicious flavor to mocktails.


For the Town & Country recipe for the perfect Lavender Lemonade Mocktail, you'll need six cups of water, half a cup of honey, five tablespoons of dried lavender, and one cup of freshly strained lemon juice. Boil your honey and water together before adding crushed lavender. After everything has been removed from the heat, cover, refrigerate, and steep for about two hours. When you're ready to drink, simply strain the liquid through a mesh sieve before pouring over ice and stirring in the lemon juice.

Tequila Sunrise Orange Mocktail

According to Just Drinks, tequila has established itself as one of the top alcoholic beverages to order in the U.S. That being said, people who don't want to drink liquor should still be able to enjoy mocktails that remind them of tequila's special flair.


Whisk It Real Gud shared a delicious recipe for a Tequila Sunrise Orange Mocktail. All you need is one-and-half cups of orange juice, one cup of peach juice, six tablespoons of lemon soda, six tablespoons of grenadine, and ice. Combine all of the ingredients and pour them over ice. Garnishing with cherries or oranges is an option if you want to create more of a vacation vibe while sipping on your tasty mocktail.