18 Simple Nonalcoholic Drink Recipes to Add to Your Menu

Updated November 16, 2021
Nonalcoholic Drink

When the occasion arises and you're looking to enjoy a drink, but you want to skip the spirits, there's plenty of nonalcoholic drink recipes to choose from. Whether you want something traditional, modern, or a happy medium, shake, or stir, up a mocktail to suit any mood or reason.

Slow Afternoon Fizz

Slow Afternoon Fizz

This berry forward fizzy mocktail is great for when you want something other than water to sip. Whether in the morning or at brunch, it'll satisfy.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup blueberries and sliced strawberries
  • 4 ounces white grape juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Lemon club soda to top off
  • Fresh berries for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, gently and briefly muddle fresh berries with lemon juice.
  2. Add ice and white grape juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  5. Top off with lemon club soda.
  6. Garnish with fresh berries.

Cinnamon Burst

Cinnamon Burst

Enjoy a mocktail with a spiced fresh berry flavor.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup raspberries and blueberies
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce honey
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces ginger ale
  • Whole cinnamon sticks for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle berries with lemon juice.
  2. Add ice, cranberry juice, and orange juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Without straining, pour into highball or rocks glass.
  5. Top off with ginger ale.
  6. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Cherry Sipper

Cherry Sipper

This tasty cherry mocktail skips the fizz, it's all tart cherry with a sweet lemon flavor.

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces tart cherry juice
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Ice
  • Lemon ribbon for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tart cherry juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bitters.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with lemon ribbon.

Sweet Peach Dirty Tea Mocktail

Sweet Peach Dirty Tea Mocktail

Don't be fooled by the simple appearance, this peach tea has a hidden secret.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces iced tea
  • 2 ounces peach juice or white cran-peach juice
  • ¾ ounce cinnamon simple syrup
  • ½ ounce cherry juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Peach slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, iced tea, peach juice, cinnamon simple syrup, cherry juice, and lemon juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with peach slice.

Garden Smash

Garden Smash

Enjoy all of the freshest garden flavors smashed into a glass.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 cucumber slices
  • 2-3 basil leaves
  • 4 ounces limeade
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Club soda to top off
  • Cucumber ribbon and basil sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumbers and basil with lime juice.
  2. Add ice and limeade.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with cucumber ribbon and basil sprig.

Cranapple Cooler

Cranapple Cooler

Skip the fizz for a sweet and juicy mocktail, with a color so alluring everyone will ask you for one.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • 3 ounces apple juice
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Cranberries and apple slice on cocktail skewer for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, cranberry juice, apple juice, pineapple juice, and lemon juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with apple slice and cranberries.

Strawberry Sparkle

Strawberry Sparkle

When you accidentally buy too many strawberries and you need to use them up, this recipe turns a problem into a solution.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 fresh sliced strawberries
  • 6 ounces sparkling white grape juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce vanilla syrup
  • Ice
  • Strawberry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries and lemon juice.
  2. Add ice, cranberry juice, and vanilla syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Do not strain, pour into highball glass over fresh ice.
  5. Top off with additional sparkling grape juice if desired.
  6. Garnish with strawberry.

Wishing for Watermelon

Wishing for Watermelon

Whether you're wishing you had picked up watermelon at the store or missing summer, your watermelon cravings will soon be handled.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces watermelon juice
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Lime club soda to top off
  • Watermelon wedge, mint sprig, and lime ribbon for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, watermelon juice, grenadine, and lemon juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks or wine glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with lime club soda.
  5. Garnish with watermelon wedge, mint sprig, and lime ribbon

Pineapple Bluff Martini

Pineapple Bluff Martini

People won't suspect you're bluffing that you're drinking a martini, but they'll be surprised to learn it's a nonalcoholic drink.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce coconut water
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Pineapple wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, pineapple juice, coconut water, and lemon juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

Mocktail Mule

Mocktail Mule

There's no reason to miss out on enjoying the spiced flavor of a mule.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 lime wedges
  • 2-3 mint leaves
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • 4 ounces ginger beer

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle limes and mint with a splash of simple syrup.
  2. Add ice, lime juice, and remaining simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into copper mug or rocks glass over fresh ice.
  5. Add club soda.
  6. Top off with ginger beer.

Think Pink

Think Pink

Opting out of spirits doesn't mean opting out of creamy egg white (or aquafaba) drinks.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces tart cherry juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Ice
  • Cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add tart cherry juice, cranberry juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white.
  2. Dry shake for approximately 45 seconds to mix ingredients and create a froth.
  3. Add ice to shaker.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  6. Garnish with cherry.

Poca Piña

Poca Piña

This drink's name might be little pineapple, but it has oodles of flavor.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces coconut milk
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces cream of coconut
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Pineapple wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, coconut milk, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass.
  4. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

Still Waters

Still Waters

If you want a smashed flavor without the fizz, you can achieve the same results with still water.

Ingredients

  • 6-7 fresh whole raspberries
  • 1-2 lime wedges
  • 2-3 mint sprigs
  • 1 ounce freshsly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 5 ounces water
  • Ice
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle raspberries, limes, and mint with a splash of simple syrup.
  2. Add ice, lemon juice, water, remaining simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Do not strain, pour into rocks glass.
  5. Garnish with mint sprig.

Rosemary's Disposition

Rosemary's Disposition

This sparkling mocktail has crisp notes of rosemary with a whisper of juicy strawberry to round it out.

Ingredients

  • 1 sliced strawberry
  • 2-3 thyme sprigs
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce rosemary simple syrup
  • 1½ ounces water
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces tonic water
  • Lime club soda to top off
  • Rosemary sprig and sliced strawberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries and thyme sprigs with lime juice.
  2. Add ice, simple syrup, and water.
  3. Shake to mix.
  4. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice and sliced strawberries.
  5. Add tonic water.
  6. Top off with lime club soda.
  7. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

Mocktail Appletini

Mocktail Appletini

This nonalcoholic version of the classic appletini could sway you to the spirit-free side permanently.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces apple juice
  • 1 ounce Granny Smith apple syrup
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Apple slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, apple juice, Granny Smith apple syrup, and lime juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with apple slice.

Kiddy Pool

Kiddy Pool

This may not be the classic blue lagoon cocktail, but you can still splash around in the mocktail version.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce white cranberry juice
  • ¾ ounce pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce blue curaçao syrup
  • Ice
  • Lemon slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, white cranberry juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and blue curaçao syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with lemon slice.

Island Cruise

Island Cruise

Enjoy this nonalcoholic pineapple mocktail, allowing it to transport you from your chair to a sandy beach.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounce mango juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce vanilla syrup
  • Cracked ice
  • Pineapple wedge and pineapple leaf for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, pineapple juice, mango juice, lemon juice, and vanilla syrup.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over cracked ice.
  4. Garnish with pineapple wedge and pineapple leaf.

Tickled Pink Mocktail Highball

Tickled Pink Mocktail Highball

Everyone enjoys a highball, this one will tickle your tastebuds.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 3 ounces lemonade
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce grenadine
  • Ice
  • Lemon wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, grapefruit juice, lemonade, cranberry juice, and grenadine.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Garnish with lime wheel.

Party On

There's no reason to miss out on colorful and fun beverages just because you're skipping the booze. Whether you want a cocktail stand-in or a nonalcoholic drink to have on hand, there's a flavor and style for every taste.

Was this page useful?
Related & Popular
18 Simple Nonalcoholic Drink Recipes to Add to Your Menu