Nonalcoholic Tropical Drinks

Karen Frazier
Contributor: Jenine Chaban
Woman enjoying a tropical mocktail poolside

Nothing is as relaxing as a refreshing tropical drink on a hot summer day. Garnished with whimsical umbrellas and fresh fruit, tropical drinks are often served with spirits, but they are just as delicious served as nonalcoholic mocktails, also known as virgin tropical drinks. Whether the flavors are Jamaican, Hawaiian, Caribbean, or from other tropical islands, these nonalcoholic drinks will make you feel like you're on a tropical beach with your toes in the sand.

Nonalcoholic Tropical Drinks for Everyone

Nonalcoholic tropical drinks are commonly known as mocktails or virgin cocktails and consist of a base made of fruit juices. Nonalcoholic fruit cocktails can also consist of tropical fruit juices mixed with carbonated or sparkling mixes and are often garnished with fresh fruit. Fruit-based drinks also make delicious nonalcoholic frozen drink recipes. Tropical drinks are healthy, fun to prepare, and appealing to all ages. Create a summer oasis in the backyard with some of these appealing nonalcoholic drink recipes with a tropical twist.

1. Afterglow

This fruity tropical recipe made with grenadine syrup, orange juice, and pineapple juice offers just the right combination of sweetness and zesty citrus to be really refreshing on a hot summer day. Mixed and served over ice this is a real summer pleaser.

Afterglow non-alcoholic cocktail

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce grenadine syrup
  • Ice
  • Orange slices for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice and stir in the orange and pineapple juice.
  2. Pour in the grenadine syrup but do not stir.
  3. Garnish Afterglow with paper umbrellas and orange slices.

2. Fruit Loops

Fruit Loops is a nonalcoholic tropical drink with a twist. This drink combines the sharp tastes of pineapple, cranberry, orange juice, and sweet grenadine syrup. Stirred and served over ice, and garnished with an orange slice and a cherry, who says Fruit Loops are just for breakfast?

Fruit loops mocktail

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine syrup
  • Citrus twists
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a chilled highball glass, add ice and stir in juices.
  2. Add the grenadine syrup and garnish with citrus fruit and maraschino cherries.

3. Fuzzless Navel

What do you get when you take the fuzz out of a Fuzzy Navel? An equally enjoyable, thirst-quenching summer drink that all ages can enjoy. This tropical favorite, made from a combination of peach nectar and orange juice poured over ice and garnished with slices of citrus fruit, is always a favorite at any summer event.

Fuzzless navel mocktail

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces peach nectar
  • 1/4 ounce orgeat syrup
  • Orange slices
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Combine juice, syrup and ice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake and pour into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Add crushed ice and garnish with orange slices.

4. Piña Colada Mocktail

This drink's Spanish name translates into pineapple (piña) and strained (colada). This tasty rum-based drink is a popular nonalcoholic tropical drink made with cream of coconut and pineapple juice, and it's served either blended or shaken with ice. It is often topped off with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry.

Non-alcoholic pina colada

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces coconut cream
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flakes
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Pineapple, sliced spears

Instructions

  1. In a blender, add crushed ice, pineapple juice, one-half teaspoon coconut flakes and coconut cream.
  2. Blend mixture until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into a stemmed glass and garnish with cherries, pineapple and coconut flakes.

5. Virgin Chi Chi

Closely related to the virgin piña colada, this nonalcoholic drink is just as tasty. Made with pineapple juice, coconut milk, soy milk and honey, just add ice and blend for thirty seconds. The Chi Chi mocktail is a heavenly concoction on a hot summer day. Garnish Chi Chi with fresh fruit and paper umbrellas.

Virgin chi chi cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce coconut milk
  • 1 ounce soy milk
  • 1/2 ounce coconut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • Crushed ice

Instructions

  1. In a blender, add crushed ice, pineapple juice, soy milk, coconut extract and coconut cream.
  2. Blend the mixture until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into a stemmed glass and garnish with pineapple slices.

6. Nonalcoholic Jamaican Lime Water

Jamaican lime water is refreshing and delicious. This serves 6.

Non-alcoholic Jamaican lime water

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup juice from fresh limes
  • 6 cups water
  • Dash of bitters (optional)
  • 1 cup simple syrup (or more to taste) made with demerara sugar
  • Ice
  • Mint sprigs and lime slices for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, combine the lime juice, water, bitters, and simple syrup. Stir to mix.
  2. Chill for at least three hours.
  3. Serve poured over ice and garnished with lime slices and mint sprigs.

7. Mint-Pineapple Hawaiian

This is a nonalcoholic take on a mojito. Earn tropical bonus points by serving it in a hollowed-out pineapple topped with an umbrella.

Mint-pineapple Hawaiian mocktail

Ingredients

  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • Club soda
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup.
  2. Add the lime juice and pineapple juice, along with ice.
  3. Shake well to chill and mix.
  4. Pour into a highball glass or a hollowed out pineapple, half-filled with ice. Fill to the top with club soda.
  5. Garnish with an umbrella.

8. Nonalcoholic Bahama Mama

Want to feel like you're in the Bahamas? This alcohol-free Bahama Mama is just the ticket!

Non-alcoholic Bahama Mama drink

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • Ice
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Orange slice for for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add the orange juice, pineapple juice, grapefruit juice, and grenadine. Shake to combine.
  2. Fill a highball glass half full with ice. Strain in the cocktail shaker mixture.
  3. Top off with lemon-lime soda. Stir.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice

9. Planters Punch Tropical Mocktail

Planters punch is a rum-based drink, but it's easy to make into a Caribbean mocktail.

Non-alcoholic planters punch

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum flavoring (optional)
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • Ice
  • Pineapple wedge and cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add the orange juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice, rum flavoring, and grenadine. Shake well to mix and chill.
  2. Strain into a highball glass half filled with ice. Garnish with pineapple wedge and a cherry.

Tips for Mixing Nonalcoholic Tropical Drinks

There are so many ways to mix exciting, nonalcoholic tropical drinks for all ages.

  • Try experimenting with exotic island juice mixes, such as guava, papaya, and passion fruit juice.
  • Rather than combining juices with soda water or carbonated beverages, experiment with mixing nonalcoholic sparkling wines, sparkling water, or sparkling apple juice.
  • Other delicious nonalcoholic mixer ideas include cream, ice cream, yogurt, or herbal teas.
  • Coconut milk and coconut cream add a creamy, tropical element.
  • Evoke the tropics with fun and interesting garnishes, such as tropical fruit skewers or tiny umbrellas.
  • Serve in glasses with fun shapes to up the vacation in the tropics feel.

Umbrella Drinks Without the Alcohol

You don't need alcohol to enjoy a taste of the tropics. With tropical juices, fun garnishes, and, of course, paper umbrellas, you can feel like you're experiencing a Caribbean breeze any time you want with a timeless taste of the tropics.

Nonalcoholic Tropical Drinks