Our Best Mocktail Recipes That Don’t Need Booze to Be Delicious
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.
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Sparkling Peach Punch
Stir up a batch of this kid-friendly, nonalcoholic bubbly drink for your next gathering. Sweet peach nectar puree becomes irresistibly slushy when frozen overnight, and a splash of ginger ale brings the sparkle. Try with OJ instead of lemon juice to transform this into a brunch-friendly bellini-mimosa mocktail mash-up!
Swap for: Prosecco-Peach Punch
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
Pineapple Margarita Mocktail
Margaritas, made kid-friendly! This summer mocktail recipe is ideal for sharing at all-ages parties, since it’s made simply with pineapple juice, citrus, cinnamon, sugar, and ginger ale. Just add a tiny drink umbrella ($5, Target) and you’ll feel transported to the islands.
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Minted Cucumber No-Jitos
Pink Lemonade Slush
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
Bring some sparkle to your next get-together with a bubbly mocktail that's bursting with berries. The simple, fresh strawberry-raspberry puree and diet soda help keep the calorie count to 49 per 6-ounce glass. (If you’re not into sugar-free or sugary soda, try this strawberry mocktail with lemon-lime sparkling water instead.)
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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 ($10, Target) with fine sugar for a sophisticated presentation.
Swap for: Watermelon-Basil Daiquiris
Seeking a festive drink to share at holiday gatherings that you can also enjoy all year? Try this easy mocktail. Tart cranberry juice gets a sweet lift from homemade simple syrup and three citrus juices in this punch-style mocktail. Float fresh cranberries in each glass to showcase the starring fruit.
Swap for: Sparkling Cranberry Rosé
Easy Tailgating Punch
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 ($20, Bed Bath & Beyond) when it's game time.
Swap for: Raspberry Mojito Punch
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.
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