If you don't drink alcohol or are simply looking to drink a little less of it, there's no reason to fret: you can still enjoy the sweet pleasures of a cocktail by embracing the mocktail. Loose the booze and instead, indulge in one of the myriad drink combinations made with sparkling water, flavored soda, fresh juices, and simple herb- and- fruit-distilled syrups. These drinks are simple to make and feel just as fun and festive as any alcoholic drink. Even if you do drink, shaking up one of these for a party when you're expecting non-imbibers is a nice gesture since they are so often left with the choice of water or well, water. Here are 20 favorites to pick from:
Mocktails & Spritzers
The secret to a successful mocktail is relying on flavorful ingredients, like fruit juices, homemade syrups, and even nonalcoholic aromatic bitters. Layering these flavors, like you would a good cocktail, mades for a drink that's complex and interesting.
- The Bright & Bitter
- Non-Alcoholic Sangria
- Non-Alcoholic Maple & Grapefruit Cocktail
- Hibiscus Ginger Punch
- Sparkling Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail
- Rosemary Citrus Spritzer
- Blackberry Elderflower Spritzer with Mint
- Asian Pear Sparkler
- Orange and Elderflower Spritzer
- The Meg Ryan: A Bright and Bubbly Berry Drink
- Blackberry & Sage Spritzers
Sodas & Other Refreshments
Homemade sodas, lemonades, and teas are other fun ways to sip alcohol-free. You don't need much more than a few basic ingredients to make them and they always will taste better than anything you can buy from the store. Have fun trying these recipes and soon enough you can experiment and make your own creation.