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Best Spring and Summer Mocktails | Mocktails to Make at Home


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Celebrate warmer weather with a refreshing mocktail! Just because a mocktail is non-alcoholic doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Packed with fresh fruit, delightful flavors, and bright colors, these mixed drinks are just as exciting and tasty as any cocktail. Whether it’s for yourself or your kids, check out this list of the best mocktail drink recipes that you can make from the comfort of home!

Best Spring and Summer Mocktail Recipes to Make at Home

Arnold Palmer

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Nothing says summer like drinking an Arnold Palmer! This unbeatable combination of iced tea and lemonade is named after professional golfer Arnold Palmer, and is one of the most popular non-alcoholic beverages!

Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 1/2 cup lemonade
  • 1/2 cup iced tea

Directions:

  • Place ice in a tall glass.
  • Fill halfway with lemonade and the rest with iced tea.

Servings: 1, Recipe from: Chowhound

Blackberry Lime Soda

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Perfect for an afternoon treat, this blackberry lime soda has just the right combination of sweet and sour!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pint (about 2 cups) fresh blackberries
  • 1 lime
  • Seltzer water or club soda

Directions:

  • Combine the water, sugar, and blackberries in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the blackberries have broken down and the mixture is syrupy, 15-20 minutes
  • Strain the mixture, pressing on the solids to release all of the liquids. Stir the juice of 1 lime into the liquid. Refrigerate until cold and ready to use
  • For each drink, combine 2-4 tablespoons of the syrup with 1 cup cold seltzer water or club soda. Mix, add ice, and serve.

Servings: 4-8, Recipe from: Taste and Tell Blog

Blueberry Ginger Cooler

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Beat the heat and stay hydrated with a blueberry ginger cooler! You can also alter the recipe by using frozen blueberries instead of ice to keep it cold!

Ingredients:

  • 1 liter water
  • 1.25 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 heaping tablespoon grated ginger
  • 4-5 tablespoons sugar, or adjust to taste
  • 2-3 cans of lemon lime sparkling water, unsweeteneda
  • Ice cubes (or frozen blueberries)
  • Mint leaves

Directions:

  • On medium-high heat, add water, blueberries, and grated ginger to a saucepan. Let it all come to a boil.
  • Once the mixture starts boiling, add sugar and mix till it dissolves.
  • Now lower the heat and using the back of your spatula, mash the blueberries. Mash all of it and let the mixture simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, and once the syrup has cooled down, cover it with a cling sheet and let it sit at room temperature for 2-3 hours. This is important so that the flavors mix-in well.
  • After 2-3 hours, strain the syrup into a clear bowl. At this point, you can cover and keep it refrigerated until ready to use.
  • To serve the blueberry ginger cooler, fill 2/3 of the glass with the syrup, add ice cubes.
  • And then add lemon-lime sparkling water on top and stir so that the soda and syrup combine well.
  • Garnish with some fresh blueberries and mint leaves and enjoy!

Servings: 6, Recipe from: Cooking with Manali

Cranberry Kiss

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The whole family will love this cranberry mocktail recipe! This pink drink is perfect for a girls’ night, baby shower, birthday parties, or if you are just hanging out at home with the kids!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Cocktail
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 4 cups of Club soda or Sprite
  • Orange wedges
  • Fresh Cranberries

Directions:

  • Pour cranberry juice cocktail and orange juice into a pitcher with ice.
  • Top with club soda.
  • Garnish individual servings with orange wedges and/or fresh cranberries.

Servings: 8, Recipe from: 3 Boys and a Dog

Disneyland’s Mint Julep Copycat

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Just one sip, and you’ll feel like you are back at Disneyland! The mint julep is a customer favorite from Blue Bayou, and now you can make it right at home!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp lime juice concentrate
  • 3 cups club soda
  • 4 Tbsp creme de menthe syrup (not liqueur) OR 3 drops mint concentrate and 2 Tbsp water
  • 6 oz thawed lemonade concentrate
  • Mint leaves
  • Pineapple slices
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Toothpicks

Directions:

  • In a saucepan, mix sugar and soda over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add lime juice and lemonade and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Once boiling, remove from heat and add creme de menthe syrup.
  • Chill in the fridge 30 minutes to an hour.
  • For a 2 cup serving, mix 1/2 cup mixture with 1 1/2 cups of water.
  • Serve with cherries and pineapple slices on toothpick and mint leaves.

Servings: 8, Recipe from: Six Sisters Stuff

Hibiscus Iced Tea Sparkler

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Inspired by Starbucks’ Very Berry Hibiscus, this drink serves as a great brunch iced tea beverage! It’s delicious, refreshing, and easy to make!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 8 bags hibiscus tea
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Ice
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • Strawberries for garnish

Directions:

  • In a large pitcher, combine tea bags, honey, and boiling water; let steep 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how strong you like your tea.
  • Remove tea bags.
  • Add ice to pitcher and stir in sparkling water.
  • Add mint.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled.
  • Garnish with strawberries.

Servings: 4, Recipe from: Diethood

Honey Blackberry Mint Mocktail

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Looking for a mocktail that is sweet, but not too sweet? The honey blackberry mint mocktail is the drink for you! Plus, you don’t have to feel guilty drinking it because this recipe does not contain any refined sugar!

Ingredients:

  • 8 fresh blackberries plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • A handful fresh mint leaves about 10, plus more for garnish
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups seltzer

Directions:

  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the blackberries, honey, and mint until very well blended.
  • Add the lemon juice and water, cover, and shake to mix.
  • Strain the mixture into two glasses with ice.
  • Top each glass with 1 cup of seltzer.
  • Garnish with blackberries and mint leaves.

Servings: 4, Recipe from: Bowl of Delicious

Margarita Mocktail

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Looking for a mocktail that is sweet, but not too sweet? The honey blackberry mint mocktail is the drink for you! Plus, you don’t have to feel guilty drinking it because this recipe does not contain any refined sugar!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups limeade
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • 1/2 – 1 cup club soda
  • Sugar and coarse salt for rim
  • Limes for garnish
  • Ice

Directions:

  • In a small pitcher, mix together limeade, orange juice, and simple syrup.
  • Mix together equal parts sugar and coarse salt and pour onto a plate.
  • Slice lime and run lime slice around the rim of each glass and then dip it into the sugar/salt mixture to coat the rim of the glass.
  • Fill glass 1/2 full with ice.
  • Pour limeade mixture into the glass, almost to the top of each glass.
  • Top off the glasses with a little club soda.
  • Add a lime wedge to squeeze into each drink.

Servings: 4, Recipe from: Liz on Call

Mimosa Mocktail

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Mimosas are a brunch staple, and now you can enjoy them alcohol-free! With only 2 ingredients, you’ll want to make this all the time! Try mixing things up by using pomegranate, pineapple, cranberry, or mango juice!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups ginger ale

Directions:

  • Gently stir together the orange juice and ginger ale
  • Pour into chilled champagne glasses

Servings: 4, Recipe from: cdkitchen

Moscow Mule

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Crisp, cool, and refreshing, this non-alcoholic version of a classic Moscow Mule is a drink you’ll want to have all the time!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup non-alcoholic ginger beer
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons club soda

Directions:

  • Mix ingredients in a copper mug 3/4 full of crushed ice.
  • Stir together
  • Garnish with a lime wedge

Servings: 1, Recipe from: The Merry Thought

Peach Bellini Mocktail

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Take advantage of peaches while they are in season with a tasty frozen peach bellini! This drink is simple to make and will soon be your go-to summer mocktail!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4cup peach nectar, chilled
  • 3/4 cup ginger ale, chilled
  • Sliced peaches or 1/4 cup fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, and sliced strawberries

Directions:

  • Pour peach nectar evenly between two champagne glasses
  • Top with ginger ale
  • Add sliced peaches or fresh berries on top

Servings: 2, Recipe from: Tablespoon

Piña Colada

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The weather is getting warmer, so it’s time to enjoy the outdoors and sip your worries away with this non-alcoholic piña colada recipe. One sip, and you’ll be transported right to the beach!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup cream of coconut
  • Ice
  • Pineapple wedges, for garnish
  • Maraschino cherries, for garnish

Directions:

  • Pour the pineapple juice and cream of coconut into a high-powered blender. Add enough ice to reach the level of the juice. Blend for 30-60 seconds until smooth.
  • Pour into 2-3 glasses, then garnish with pineapple wedges and maraschino cherries before serving.

Servings: 2-3, Recipe from: House of Nash Eats

Raspberry Mojito

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This fruity, fresh, and flavorful raspberry mojito mocktail is enjoyable year-round! What’s not to love about combining fresh raspberries, juicy lime, and crisp mint in a drink?

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 fresh raspberries plus more for garnish
  • 5-6 mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp simple syrup
  • Ice
  • 1/4 cup raspberry juice or cran-raspberry juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice approx. 1/2 medium-large lime
  • 1/2 cup club soda or sparkling mineral water

Directions:

  • In a tall glass, add raspberries, mint leaves, and simple syrup.
  • Muddle (squish with the back of a wooden spoon) well until the mint, simple syrup, and raspberries are well-combined. If possible, try not to break apart the mint leaves.
  • Fill glass with ice.
  • Add raspberry juice, then the lime juice, and then fill with soda.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge or additional raspberries, if desired.

Servings: 1, Recipe from: A Sweet Pea Chef

Raspberry Peach Lemonade

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Fresh, bright, and deliciously sweet, this raspberry peach lemonade is the perfect summer drink! Great for a mid-afternoon pick me up, or any get together with friends and family!

Ingredients:

  • Raspberry peach puree:
    • 4 fresh peaches, pitted, then diced into large chunks
    • 1 cup fresh raspberries
    • 1 1/4 cups water
  • Simple Syrup:
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup water
  • Lemonade:
    • 7 cups cold water
    • 1 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice (from approximately 4 lemons)
    • Ice cubes
    • Additional raspberries, for garnish optional
    • Additional peach slices, for garnish optional
    • Mint sprigs, for garnish optional

Directions:

  • Add diced peaches, raspberries, and water to a food processor or blender and process until pureed.
  • Place a sieve over a large mixing bowl and pour the peach raspberry puree into the sieve. Use the back of a large spoon to push the puree around, so the liquid falls through the sieve and seeds/skin stay inside the sieve.
  • Discard seeds/skin from the sieve and set the mixing bowl with liquid in it aside.
  • Add granulated sugar and 1/2 cup water to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves into the water, stirring occasionally. Boil about 3 minutes until the liquid has become syrupy. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Add 7 cups of water, lemon juice, and ice cubes to a large pitcher. Stir to combine. Pour in cooled simple syrup and peach raspberry liquid. Stir to combine again.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve chilled with garnishes, if desired.

Servings: 8, Recipe from: The Chunky Chef

Sangria

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The best part of this Sangria recipe is the delicious assortment of fruit in each glass! It’s refreshing to sip and munch on a warm day. This drink is perfect for any occasion, or no occasion at all!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 medium orange, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 medium lime, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 medium apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 3 cups carbonated water

Directions:

  • Pour the boiling water over tea bags and cinnamon sticks and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and stir in sugar to dissolve.
  • In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight.
  • Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve in glasses over ice.

Servings: 8, Recipe from: The Kitchn

Shirley Temple

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Transport back to your childhood with this refreshing classic! It’s easy to make and enjoyable for both kids and adults! Kids especially love Shirley Temples because they feel fancy drinking them!

Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 3 cups lemon-lime soda
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 4 tsp. grenadine
  • Maraschino cherries, for serving

Directions:

  • Fill 4 glasses with ice. Divide soda and lime juice between glasses and top off with grenadine.
  • Serve with a maraschino cherry.

Servings: 4, Recipe from: Delish

Sparkling Blue Mocktail

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This bright blue sparkling mocktail makes a fun, festive drink for kids and looks like it came straight out of Frozen!! This recipe uses Hawaiian Punch Polar Burst punch, but you can also use any blue colored punch or juice.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces blue fruit punch
  • Sparkling white grape juice or sparkling cider
  • Blue sprinkles (optional garnish)

Directions:

  • Place some of the blue sprinkles on a plate. Dip the top of the champagne glass or other cup in water and then dip it in the blue sprinkles.
  • Place the 2 ounces of blue fruit punch in the champagne glass or other cup.
  • Add in the sparkling white grape juice or sparkling cider until full.

Servings: 1, Recipe from: What’s Cooking Love

Sweet Sunrise

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Take the tequila out of a tequila sunrise, and you have a sweet sunrise! Spice up an ordinary glass of orange juice by adding grenadine, and you’ll have an excellent breakfast, brunch, or afternoon drink!

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • Orange slice for garnish

Directions:

  • Fill a highball glass with ice and orange juice.
  • Slowly pour grenadine over the juice. It will sink to the bottom and slowly rise to the top as you drink.
  • Garnish with an orange slice.

Servings: 1, Recipe from: The Spruce Eats

Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri

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Feel like you are on a Caribbean vacation with this fruity frozen drink! Not only is it delicious, but kids will also feel like they are having a fancy grown-up drink!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coarse sugar
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed ice
  • 4 fresh strawberries for garnish

Directions:

  • Prepare the margarita glasses. Add coarse sugar to a shallow bowl. Wet the glass rims with a lime wedge and press the glass top in the sugar to coat the rim.
  • Place the chopped strawberries, orange juice, lime juice, and agave into a blender and pulse several times to blend. Taste and, if necessary, add more agave. Add crushed ice and pulse until desired consistency is reached. Pour the drink into the prepared glasses.
  • Garnish each drink with a fresh strawberry with the green leaves on top, slice them half through lengthwise from the bottom and place one on the rim of each glass right before serving.

Servings: 4, Recipe from: Barbara Bakes

Watermelon Margarita

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What’s summer without fresh watermelons? Try something new and make an alcohol free watermelon margarita. This colorful and delicious mocktail is perfect for any hot summer day!

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium seedless watermelon, cut into chunk
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 4 tsp agave
  • 1/3 cup sparking water

Directions:

  • In a blender, puree enough watermelon chunks so that you have 4 cups of watermelon puree.
  • Add lime juice and agave and mix again.
  • Pour into cups and top with sparkling water

Servings: 4, Recipe from: Food Done Light

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