27 Best Mocktail Recipes
Party drinks, without the booze!
Here at Delish, we’ve got tons of content dedicated to throwing the perfect party, a significant portion of which is all about cocktails. What we don’t mention enough is how important it is to offer non-alcoholic sippers too! Of course you’ve got to have them if you’re throwing a baby shower or a kid’s birthday, but we think they’re imperative no matter what. They keep everyone refreshed, and will be hugely appreciated by those not wanting to drink, whether they’re abstaining forever or just right now. Check out these 27 mocktail recipes for inspiration, we bet you won’t even miss the alcohol.
We’ve got everything from virgin versions of some of our cocktail faves, like a margarita (slushie!), piña colada, and mojito, plus some simpler options and extra-exciting coffee drinks. When you’re at brunch and everyone is getting bottomless mimosas, those abstaining from champagne deserve a fun drink too. Try whipping up a copycat Starbuck’s drink (we’ve got 3!), a frothy dalgona coffee, or Thai iced tea for a caffeine boost with that little something special.
Speaking of special drinks, nothing says it best like a freezie or a float. We’ve included a few recipes here, but get creative and turn any of your favorite drinks into a frozen delight. Drop some ice cream, sherbet, or sorbet into a drink or blend one up with something extra creamy like sweetened condensed milk, and it’ll SCREAM celebration.
Sometimes when it comes to non-alcoholic drinks, the simpler the better. Like a rum and coke or a vodka tonic, teetotalers (and those making their drinks) want something easy too! When we’re aiming for no-stress and delicious, we lean towards lemonades and iced teas that are refreshing and fun. You could go basic, but we like to add extra flavors, like strawberry or watermelon. The added touch doesn’t take much extra effort, but still feels that much more special.
For more inspiration, check out our guide to our favorite non-alcoholic spirits and wines.
When it's a real scorcher, refresh with these gorgeous frozen virgin margaritas, made zesty with lots of lime. We love layering raspberry and mango for the sweet-tart tropical flavor, but strawberry and pineapple is a solid combo too.
The secret to this super patriotic refresher? The berry ice cubes. For this drink, we froze blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries in coconut water, but use this technique to improve everything from lemonade to cold brew (chocolate milk ice cubes maybe?)
Get the Triple Berry Sparklers recipe.
This non-alcoholic mojito is still every bit as refreshing with an easy mint simple syrup and fresh blackberries. It makes extra syrup, so you can use it in cold brew or lemonade too!
Get the Blackberry Virgin Mojito recipe.
Freshly squeezed lemons team up with juicy strawberries for the perfect summer drink. It's tart, sweet, and all around refreshing. Be sure to strain the strawberry puree as you'll get rid of seeds and excess pulp!
Get the Strawberry Lemonade recipe.
Sit back and sip those cares away with a non-alcoholic piña colada that's basically a tropical milkshake. The classic version might be a bit more smoothie or icee-like in texture, but we are obsessed with this slightly richer and creamier take. It definitely makes you wonder why piña coladas never had ice cream in the first place!
Get the Virgin Piña Colada recipe.
In this punch, Chef Millie Peartree skips ice in favor of strawberry sorbet. Not only does it keep drinks cold, but it adds a delicious creaminess as well. For best results, we recommend starting with cold ingredients and serving the drinks in chilled glasses.
Get the Juneteenth Punch recipe.
Dalgona coffee started as a Tik Tok trend, and quickly became a staple in our kitchen. If you've got instant coffee, sugar, and water on hand you can make this fluffy, perfectly sweetened caffeine treat.
Get the Dalgona Coffee recipe.
Blending your favorite lemonade with some sweetened condensed milk turns it into a creamy frozen drink that's super addicting: sweet and tart and as refreshing as can be. We'll be skipping milkshakes for these this summer!
Get the Whipped Lemonade recipe.
Treat this like you would an Arnold Palmer, combining half watermelon juice and half lemonade. Pro move: Freeze watermelon chunks to use instead of ice cubes. As they thaw, your drink doesn't get watered down—and you have a snack for later.
Get the Watermelon Lemonade recipe.
Half iced tea, half lemonade—100% refreshing.
Get the Perfect Arnold Palmer recipe.
Transport back to your childhood with this refreshing classic made of maraschino cherries and lemon-lime soda.
Get the Shirley Temple recipe.
You can drink this mojito-inspired drink anytime. Bonus: it's sugar-free too!
About 1-2 tablespoons mango puree per glass adds a sweet, tropical taste. While you're at it, you could add just about any pureed fruit, like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries... the options are endless.
Get the Mango Lemonade recipe.
We love this drink made of black tea, spices, and sweetened condensed milk a great alternative to our morning cold brew, or as a way to cool off our mouths after eating spicy Thai noodles. Sweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk are the most common milks to add to the tea, but coconut milk would also be a great dairy free option!
Get the Thai Iced Tea recipe.
Ah yes, kombucha. It’s everywhere, it’s excellent for your gut health, and it is definitely the hip drink of the decade. It’s also a wee bit overpriced for our regular budgets at $4 a bottle. Luckily, you can make your own at home!
Get the Kombucha recipe.
Arnold Palmers are even better with a splash of grenadine!
Get the Blushing Arnold Palmer recipe.
This loaded frapp is part caffeinated beverage, part extravagant dessert. Our one main departure from the original is the addition of graham crackers to the drink—we love the flavor and texture they provide. (Plus, it really drives the s'mores flavor home.)
Sangria without the wine? Yes, please. The fruit is the real star here — use whatever’s in season and get creative with the combination (think cranberries, orange slices, and rosemary for the holidays and mixed berries and mint for summer).
Using popsicles as ice cubes is the smartest thing we have come up with. Pull off this genius trick by adding popsicles to any of these fun lemonade recipes at your next summer party.
Get the Popsicle Punch recipe.
Apple cider slushies are the perfect thing to keep in your freezer for an icy-cold anytime treat. We borrow the technique of scraping it with a fork to create the slushie consistency from granitas. The trick is to make sure you don't let the mixture freeze completely before scraping it!
Get the Apple Cider Slushies recipe.
Water is so much more fun with flavor! We've got a few options here—like cucumber mint, peach ginger, and strawberry lime—but feel free to get creative.
Get the Glow Water recipe.
Blending whole limes lets you extract flavor from the peel and the lime juice, creating a more full-bodied drink. This tastes like key lime pie in a glass. If you don't want to deal with straining out the peel and pulp, you could just use the lime juice and add in a little zest before blending.
Get the Brazilian Lemonade recipe.
Adding muddled mint and lemonade to a sugar-free red bull is a game-changer!
Get the Purple Punch recipe.
This tropical pink drink is an instant refresher. It's sweetened with a pineapple simple syrup, thickened with coconut milk, and given that iconic pink color using pomegranate juice.
Get the Copycat Starbucks Iced Guava Passion Fruit Drink recipe.
Think mojito or spritz, without a little added energy boost!
Get the Lime Zinger recipe.
The caramel frappuccino is the most iconic Starbucks drink. It's sweet, strong, and drizzled with lots of caramel, and surprisingly easy to recreate at home.
This non-alcoholic version of the classic sidecar cocktail is the mixologist's mocktail.
Get the Ginger Gastrique recipe.