If you’re cutting back on alcohol or giving up drinking for Dry January, because you’re expecting or simply because you’re looking to be a bit healthier, you may think you’re in for sipping seltzer and juice while your friends enjoy stiff cocktails and delicious drinks. But that just isn't the case. There are tons of satisfying, fun mixed drinks you can make without a lick of alcohol in them. These zero-alcohol cocktails – also known as mocktails – are so good, you won’t miss the booze.
If you’re having brunch with your girlfriends, you don’t need to skip to Cosmos. Fruity flavors of homemade orange marmalade combine with cranberry juice for that delicious taste, just without the alcohol.
Calamansi is an exotic fruit you may not have heard of, and if you can’t get your hands on calamansi juice, fresh-squeezed lemon juice can be a substitute in this shaved ice mocktail.
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This lovely take on a whiskey sour still offers a well-balanced mixed drink without needing whiskey.
Mint is a refreshing addition to any drink. Add some mint leaves to a glass of club soda along with a bit of lime juice and simple syrup for a non-alcoholic mojito, or fauxjito.
For more Spanish flavor, make yourself a sangria mocktail with grape juice, apple juice and orange juice, adding in fruit slices and some whole cloves and cinnamon sticks from your spice drawer.
A bit of orange juice and club soda can be the perfect addition to a glass of cranberry juice, making the Cranberry Kiss a quick and easy mocktail for any occasion.
There are so many plants you probably didn’t realize you can eat, and they make for picturesque mocktails. Create colored ice using spring pea flowers, for a wow-worthy addition to this herbaceous mocktail.
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Lavender is a wonderful ingredient for boosting happiness, and you can use some dried lavender and blackberry syrup to make a lovely and aromatic spritzer.
Pink lemonade and grenadine syrup are combined with a red carbonated drink such as strawberry or cherry soda for a classic Christmas punch. This recipe from grandma is very festive and traditionally mixed up for the holidays, but it’s delicious any time of year.
Make a grapefruit soda mocktail by adding in chunks of fresh pineapple, dandelion greens, crystallized ginger and a bit of turmeric to boost your immune system.
A slushie is a great way to beat the heat, but a refreshing fruit punch slush is good even in the dead of winter.
While it may be a “kid’s drink,” this tropical sparkler can be enjoyed by just about anyone.
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You can make a cool and refreshing punch bowl of delicious pink lemonade by adding lemonade and lemon-lime soda to raspberry sherbet.
This bright, colorful mocktail mixes fruit punch and tropical-flavored juice with ginger ale and club soda along with the fruits of your choice. Be sure to add a scoop of rainbow sherbet to each glass for extra fun.
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