Don’t be fooled by the myth that mocktails are merely a substitution for a “real” drink. These non-alcoholic cocktails can shine on their own especially if you follow these colorful, exciting, delicious recipes, which come straight from bartenders, drink experts, and brands like Mocktail Club. From the refreshing to the sophisticated, there exists a mocktail for every occasion and every palate. Maybe you’re abstaining from alcohol for a month; maybe you’re taking a night off; maybe you just want to mix it up with a non-alcoholic favorite drink—whatever your mocktail needs, these recipes have you covered. We might not know what to expect from 2021, but at least these 23 tasty mocktails can guarantee it’ll be hangover-free.
1: Virgin Piña Colada
1 oz. Coconut cream like Coco Lopez
1 oz. Heavy cream
6 oz. Pineapple juice
½ cup Crushed ice
Pineapple for garnish
Cherry for garnish
Mix coconut cream, heavy cream, and pineapple juice in a blender. Add ice and blend for 15 seconds. Serve in a 12 oz glass and garnish with fresh pineapple and a cherry.
2: DRY’s Spiced Chai Apple Mocktail
1 dash Aromatic bitters
1 oz. Bright Chai Syrup by Portland Syrups
6 oz. DRY Fuji Apple Botanical Bubbly
Rim a lowball glass with cinnamon and sugar. Add ice, a dash of bitters, Bright Chai Syrup, and top with very cold DRY Fuji Apple Botanical Bubbly. Garnish with an apple slice.
3: Love Pink Drink
4 oz. Big Easy Prickly Pear Tepache
2 drops El Guapo Love Potion No. 9 Bitters
Squeeze of lemon
Fresh mint sprig, for garnish
In a rock glass filled with ice, gently stir together Big Easy Prickly Pear Tepache and floral bitters, like El Guapo Love Potion No. 9. Squeeze a lemon into a mocktail. Garnish with mint.
4: Lemon and Ginger Cola Elixir
1/4 tsp. Freshly grated ginger
1/2 tsp. Freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-2 Chopped mint leaves
4 oz. Zevia Cola
Handful of iceLemon slices, for garnish
In a shaker, muddle the ginger, lemon juice, and mint leaves and then pour in Zevia Cola and shake. Fill a fresh glass with ice and strain mixture then garnish with a slice of lemon.
5: Mulled Apple Cider
1 bottle Thistle Balanced Beet Juice
8 oz. Water
2 Cinnamon sticks
1 Orange, sliced
1 Bottle Apple Cider
Add juice and water to a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange slices. Let simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 5 minutes before serving, add in the bottle of cider, and serve.
6: Cranberry-Mint Mojito Mocktail
2 oz. Cranberries
1 LimeFresh mint leaves
1 tbsp. Simple syrup
2 oz. Cranberry juice
4 oz. Soda water Ice
Muddle fresh mint leaves, juice of 1 lime wedge, and fresh cranberries together in a tall glass. Add in simple syrup, cranberry juice, and ice. Pour in soda water to fill the remainder of the glass and stir. Garnish with leftover mint leaves and cranberries.
7: Non-Alcoholic Whiskey Sour
3 oz. Lyre’s American Malt Non-Alcoholic Spirit
1 oz. Freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ oz. Simple syrup
1 Egg white
Fill a cocktail shaker with Lyre’s American Malt Non-Alcoholic Spirit, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white. Seal and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Add in a scoop of ice and shake for 10 more seconds. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lemon zest and serve.