10 Non-Alcoholic Cocktails That Aren’t Too Sweet

updated May 1, 2019
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When it comes to making or ordering a non-alcoholic drink, there are generally two camps: seltzer water and something super sugary. That’s lame. Where are the delicious drinks without booze that have a little more depth? Something that goes beyond, you know, lemonade?

With a mission to find better non-alcoholic drinks, I scavenged the depths of Pinterest and found 15 cocktails that fit the bill. There’s a lot of citrus, ginger, and rosemary ahead. Happy sipping!

1. Grapefruit Rosemary Fizz

The key to this delightfully refreshing drink is the rosemary simple syrup and a splash of lemon-lime soda. Both of these sugar sources balance the bitter grapefruit and refreshing cucumber.

Get the recipe: Grapefruit Rosemary Fizz from The Merrythought

2. Watermelon Ginger Spritzer

Cubed watermelon is blended with ginger syrup, lime juice, mint, and sparkling water.

Get the recipe: Watermelon Ginger Spritzer from Kitchen Konfidence

3. Fizzy Rhubarb Shrub

Seasonal rhubarb is mixed with agave, apple cider vinegar, and sparkling water to create a totally unique drink.

Get the recipe: Fizzy Rhubarb Shrub from Yummy Supper

4. Tangerine Rosemary Mocktail

Rosemary simple syrup is mixed with tangerine juice, lime juice, club soda, and some lemon-lime soda.

Get the recipe: Tangerine Rosemary Mocktail from The Merrythought

5. Peach Shrub Mocktail

For this cocktail you combine a homemade peach shrub with apple cider, sage leaves, and grated nutmeg.

Get the recipe: Peach Shrub Mocktail from Set the Table

6. Cider, Thyme & Tonic Mocktail

This cocktail combines apple cider, lemon juice, a thyme simple syrup, and good tonic water.

Get the recipe: Cider, Thyme and Tonic Mocktail from Offbeat and Inspired

7. Grilled Pineapple and Lime Mocktail

There are a lot of juices in this cocktail, which would normally sound too sweet for me, but one of the fruits – pineapple – is put on the grill first to make things a little more interesting.

Get the recipe: Grilled Pineapple and Lime Mocktail from The Merrythought

8. Virgin Ginger Mimosas

This mocktail combines orange juice, sparkling water, ginger, and clementine slices.

Get the recipe: Virgin Ginger Mimosas from In Sonnet’s Kitchen

9. Blueberry Maple Mojito Mocktail

This recipe combines mint leaves, lime juice, a small amount of maple syrup, blueberry juice, and club soda.

Get the recipe: Blueberry Maple Mojito Mocktail from Healthy Recipe Ecstasy

10. Cucumber Cooler

This mocktail recipe combines fresh cucumber juice, lime juice, the smallest amount of sugar, and ginger ale.

Get the recipe: Cucumber Cooler from The Merrythought