15 Easy Mocktail Recipes You Can Make at Home

15 Easy Mocktail Recipes You Can Make at Home

When it comes to at-home entertaining for those abstaining from alcohol, it’s all about one increasingly in-demand indulgence: the mocktail. But in an age of highly praised cocktail bars, speakeasies, and spirit-forward sippers, how can we ensure that the nonalcoholic drinks we’re fashioning for friends are just as exciting as the real-deal ones?

Thankfully, bartenders at restaurants and bars across the country are already on the case, using their expertise in all things ABV and morphing it into thoughtful, nonalcoholic drink recipes. “When making a mocktail, it should taste as good — if not better — than a regular cocktail,” says Sondra Bernstein, owner of the girl & the fig, a Sonoma fixture specializing in rustic French food and drink.

“As with anything, balanced flavors are important — it should not feel as if anything is lacking,” she notes. Onsite, Bernstein and her team serve a variety of nonalcoholic cocktails that incorporate all of the essentials of a successful drink — especially acidity, sweetness, and complexity.

The best part, according to Bernstein? Pulling off these party offerings isn’t nearly as tough as it may seem. “You don’t need to have a fully stocked bar or pantry to create a delicious mocktail at home,” she says. “In some cases, you might have all of the ingredients you need. In this instance, simpler can be better!”

For gatherings that are as fun as they are health-focused, read on. We’ve rounded up some of the best mocktail recipes you can try at home now.

 

Virgin Pimm’s Cup at the girl & the fig (Sonoma, CA)

Pimms Cup | the girl and the fig | mocktail recipes

Ingredients:

4–5 mint leaves

.25 oz. fresh lemon juice

Ice

1 oz. pomegranate juice

Soda water

Ginger ale

Slice of cucumber

Directions:

-In a highball glass, add 3–4 mint leaves and muddle with lemon juice

-Fill the glass with ice and stir with a cocktail spoon

-Add the pomegranate juice, then top with equal parts soda water and ginger ale

-Garnish with remaining mint leaves and cucumber slice

 

94 and Tonic at the Lobby Lounge at The Grill at The St. Regis San Francisco

Ingredients:

Ice

4 Tbsp. Seedlip 94

1 cup Fever-Tree Tonic Water

4 cloves star anise

1 sprig rosemary

Directions:

-Fill a balloon glass with ice and add Seedlip 94 and tonic water

-Garnish with star anise and rosemary

 

Terrace Lemonade at The Dalmar (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Ingredients:

3–4 basil leaves (reserve 1 for garnish)

Handful of blueberries (10–12) (reserve some for garnish)

2 oz. spring water

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

.75 oz. simple syrup

Ice

Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions:

-In a shaker, muddle together basil leaves and blueberries

-Add water, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the shaker

-Top shaker with ice and shake vigorously

-Strain into a Hurricane glass and top with ice

-Garnish with a basil leaf and a skewer of blueberries

-Dust top with powdered sugar (optional)

 

The Bright and Breezy at Proxi (Chicago, IL)

Bright and Breezy | Proxi | mocktail recipes

Ingredients:

3 blackberries

2 sprigs rosemary

1 Tbsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1 Tbsp. simple syrup

Ice

Tonic water

Directions:

-Muddle blackberries in a shaker tin

-Add 1 sprig of rosemary, lemon juice, and simple syrup

-Shake with ice and strain into a glass filled with ice; top with tonic water

-Garnish with remaining rosemary sprig

 

Just Getting Started at The Living Room Bar at W San Francisco

Just Getting Started | Living Room Bar W San Francisco | mocktail recipes

Ingredients:

10 raspberries (reserve some for garnish)

6–7 mint leaves (reserve some for garnish)

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. simple syrup

Ice

2 oz. ginger beer

Flowers (for garnish)

Lemon wheel (for garnish)

Directions:

-In a shaker, muddle berries and mint gently

-Add lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice, and shake together

-Add ginger beer and double-strain into a tall glass with ice

-Garnish with mint, flowers, berries, and lemon wheel

 

Cranberry Ritz at Ava Gene’s (Portland, OR)

Cranberry Ritz | Ava Genes | mocktail recipes

Ingredients:

Ice

1.5 oz. cranberry juice

1 oz. honey

.75 oz. lime juice

Ginger beer

Mint sprigs (for garnish)

Directions:

-Fill rocks glass with ice

-Shake cranberry, juice, honey, and lime juice together

-Fine-strain into a rocks glass

-Top with ginger beer and garnish with mint sprigs

 

The Ace at Fort Oak (San Diego, CA)

Ace | Fort Oak | mocktail recipes

Ingredients:

2 oz. pineapple juice

1 oz. lime juice

1.5 oz. orgeat syrup

Ice

Pebble ice

1 slice dehydrated pineapple (for garnish)

Directions:

-Shake pineapple juice, lime juice, and syrup together with ice and strain into a Collins glass filled with pebble ice

-Garnish with a slice of dehydrated pineapple

 

Cranberry-Rosemary Cooler at Basic Kitchen (Charleston, SC)

Cranberry Rosemary Cooler | Basic Kitchen | mocktail recipes
Steve Freihon

 

Ingredients:

4 Tbsp. Cranberry-Rosemary Shrub*

1.5 tsp. lime juice

1.5 tsp. Cinnamon Syrup**

6 Tbsp. club soda

Ice

1 sprig fresh rosemary (for garnish)

Directions:

-Add all ingredients in a Collins glass and top with ice

-Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary

*Cranberry-Rosemary Shrub

Ingredients:

6 cups frozen cranberries

6 cups water

1.5 cups white wine vinegar

1 cup sugar

4–6 sprigs rosemary

Directions:

-Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar

-Reduce heat and simmer until cranberries pop (about 20 minutes)

-Let cool, then strain

**Cinnamon Syrup

Ingredients:

5 cups sugar

5 cups very hot water

10 smashed cinnamon sticks

Directions:

-Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar

-Turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes

-Let cool before straining out cinnamon sticks

 

Virgin Milk Maid at The Whistler (Chicago, IL)

Milk Maid | The Whistler | mocktail recipes

Ingredients:

.75 oz. Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut

.25 oz. simple syrup

.75 oz. lime juice

3 cucumber slices (reserve 1 slice for garnish)

2 pumps salt

Directions:

-Shake all ingredients with two cucumber slices

-Pour into a rocks glass

-Garnish with two pumps of salt and a slice of cucumber

 

Rosemary Lemon Spritz at The Rooftop at Harmon Guest House (Healdsburg, CA)

Rosemary Lemon Spritz Rooftop | Harmon Guest House | mocktail recipes

Ingredients:

1 oz. lemon juice

.75 oz. rosemary syrup

.75 oz. honey syrup

Soda water

Lemon wheel

1 rosemary sprig

Directions:

-In a tall glass, mix lemon juice, rosemary syrup, and honey syrup

-Top off with soda water

-Garnish with lemon wheel and rosemary sprig

 

Watermelon Smash at Summer House Santa Monica (North Bethesda, MD)

Watermelon Smash | Summer House | mocktail recipes
Anjali Pinto

 

Ingredients:

6 large mint leaves, pressed

2½ oz. fresh watermelon juice

½ oz. fresh lime juice

½ oz. simple syrup

Splash of soda

Lime wedge (for garnish)

Directions:

-Muddle mint leaves in bottom of glass

-Add ingredients, stir, and garnish with lime wedge

 

Spiced Pineapple at RPM Steak (Chicago, IL)

Spiced Pineapple | RPM Steak | mocktail recipes
Jeff Marini

Ingredients:

Ice

4 oz. fresh pineapple juice

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. simple syrup

1 slice jalapeño pepper

1 sprig cilantro

Grated lime zest (for garnish)

Crushed pink peppercorn (for garnish)

Directions:

-Fill Collins glass with ice and stir in pineapple juice, lime juice, and simple syrup to combine

-Top drink with jalapeño, cilantro, lime zest, and pink peppercorn

 

The Bloom at 20|Twenty Restaurant (Carlsbad, CA)

Bloom | 20Twenty | mocktail recipes

Ingredients:

1.5 oz lemon juice

1 oz. Lavender-Infused Syrup*

Ice

Club soda

Lemon wheel (for garnish)

Edible flowers (for garnish)

Directions:

-Shake all ingredients together with ice and pour into a Collins glass

-Top with club soda

-Garnish with half lemon wheel and edible flowers

*Lavender-Infused Syrup

Ingredients:

½ cup lavender

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

Directions:

-Steep lavender in boiling water

-Slowly stir in sugar until dissolved

 

Pineapple Ginger Mojito at Oyster Bah (Chicago, IL)

Pineapple Ginger Mojito | Oyster Bah | mocktail recipes
Anjali Pinto

Ingredients:

2 oz. pineapple syrup

1 oz. fresh lime juice

.5 oz. fresh pineapple juice

.75 oz. spiced ginger syrup

3 pieces pineapple chunks

1 Tbsp. mint leaves

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Ice

Splash of soda

Directions:

-Combine all ingredients in a shaker

-Shake, strain, and pour into a Collins glass

-Top with extra ice and a splash of soda

 

Alsace Spritz at Everest (Chicago, IL)

Alsace Sprintz | Everest | mocktail recipes
Lindsay Widdel

 

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Harvest Infusion Syrup

*The infusion is 1 cup steeped Alsace Harvest tea with 1 cup of sugar.

.5 oz lemon juice

Club soda

Ice

Lemon coin (for garnish)

Directions:

-Build in a Collins glass with ice

-Stir to combine

-Garnish with a lemon coin

Nicole Schnitzler

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Nicole Schnitzler is a freelance writer who covers travel, food, drink, lifestyle, and culture. When she is not planning her next adventure, she can be found exploring bakeries, record shops, and drink lists in her Chicago neighborhood — or at home attempting to learn the harmonica. She is most comfortable with a pen in one hand and a fork in the other.

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