11 Mocktail Recipes That Don't Need Booze to Be Good

Instead of serving bottled juice or cola at your gathering, fill up those glasses with our best mocktail recipes. Whether you want to cut the calories in traditional alcoholic drinks or you simply prefer to skip the liquor, these family-friendly, easy mocktails will hit the spot.

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Honey-Ginger Limeade

Honey-Ginger Limeade
Andy Lyons

The spice is right in one of our best mocktail recipes for parties. Jalapeño and fresh ginger might sound like strange additions to a drink, but these unexpected ingredients add the just-right amount of heat to the cool lime juice-and-honey concoction. Rim the glasses with brown sugar before serving for a sweet touch.

Swap for: Pisco Sour

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Pomegranate Fizzes

Pomegranate Fizzes
Scott Little

Juicy pomegranate is the star of this gorgeous and easy mocktail recipe. A simple syrup made with mint leaves and pomegranate juice sweetens as it stands, and sparkling water adds festive fizz for your party. Fresh pomegranate seeds in each glass make a fruity finishing touch.

Swap for: Orange-Ginger Pomegranate Punch

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Watermelon Cooler

Watermelon Cooler
Scott Little

It'll be love at first sip when you make this easy four-ingredient margarita mocktail. (Psst…each glass has just 44 calories!) Watermelon pieces become clever, fruity "ice" cubes when frozen, and a curly lime peel garnish adds a pretty touch.

Swap for: Watermelon Margarita

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Minted Cucumber No-Jitos

Minted Cucumber No-Jitos
Blaine Moats

Capture all the refreshing mint and lime flavor of the classic Cuban cocktail in a delicious mojito mocktail. Cucumber slices lend an extra cooling touch to each drink. Omitting alcohol brings calories to just 97 per serving in this drink recipe.

Swap for: Classic Mojitos

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Pink Lemonade Slush

Pink Lemonade Slush
Marty Baldwin

Perfect for a barbecue or an afternoon picnic, this so-easy slushy mocktail gets its start from frozen pink lemonade concentrate. The raspberries float to the top of the finished sweet-tart drink after you mix in refreshing lemon-lime soda. Its icy, slushy-like texture makes this one of the best mocktail recipes for sharing with kiddos.

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Orange-Mango Agua Fresca

Orange-Mango Agua Fresca
Blaine Moats

Kick back with a tropical-inspired nonalcoholic drink that evokes memories of relaxing days on the beach. Fresh mangoes sweeten each sip, while orange and lime juice add tart citrus flavor. Top each glass with orange and lime slices to complete the easy mocktail recipe.

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Honeydew-Basil No-Jitos

Honeydew-Basil No-Jitos
Blaine Moats

Stir up a melon-infused play on the mojito for a crowd-pleasing mocktail everyone can enjoy. Muddled basil and lime juice offer refreshing flavor, and a quick honeydew puree saves you precious prep time. Rim glasses with fine sugar for a sophisticated presentation.

Swap for: Watermelon-Basil Daiquiris

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Mock Sangria

Mock Sangria
Theo Gruittman

Say to a quick and summery sangria mocktail. A medley of three juices replaces the wine, and lemon-lime soda adds the bubbles. Slice up your favorite fresh fruit and divide among the glasses before pouring.

Swap for: Strawberry Sangria

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Ginger Soda

Ginger Soda
Matthew Clark

Hop on the Moscow mule trend, minus the alcohol. Made with fresh lemon and ginger root, this ginger beer mocktail recipe is amazing as-is. Or, on nights you're craving a spiked mule, just add vodka.

Swap for: Summer Storm Cocktail

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Easy Tailgating Punch

Easy Tailgating Punch
Jason Donnelly

Because tailgating parties at home are often family affairs, we're big fans of this nonalcoholic, berry-citrus punch. The sweet-tart flavors of the ginger ale mocktail will surely score a touchdown with your fellow fans. Mix the juice ahead, then add ice and soda to the drink dispenser when it's game time.

Swap for: Raspberry Mojito Punch

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Citrus-Thyme Cooler

Citrus-Thyme Cooler
Jason Donnelly

If you haven't added herbs to your drinks before, this drink will have you hooked. Grapefruit and fresh thyme sprigs make the perfect pairing in this quick and easy mocktail recipe. You make your own herb-infused simple syrup and the whole drink is still ready for sipping in 10 minutes or less.

Swap: Apposata Cocktail

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