If you’re not really a fan of alcohol, these mocktails, virgin cocktails, and family-friendly punches are for you and yes, for everyone, too! Alcohol may be really a great soiree partner, but trying the following non-alcoholic party drinks will not only let your guests get away from the hangover but can also keep everyone – of all ages – enjoy each sip!
Bear in mind that a good host remembers to stock up on beer, wine, and liquor, but a great host offers booze-free drink options, too. If there’s an easier way than a punch to make sure everyone has a drink and can help themselves to more, then hosting a party for a variety of guests will never be a struggle ever again.
Here Are Some Of The Most Recommended Mocktail Recipes That You Could Try:
1. Co-cumber Lime and Mint Cooler
4 cups of Coconut water
2 Cucumbers sliced very thinly
1/2 cup of Lime juice
1/4 cup of Sugar (optional)
1/4 cup of Chopped mint leaves
Directions: Combine coconut water, cucumbers, lime juice, sugar, and mint leaves. Chill for an hour or two. Serve as cooler mocktails.
2. Cherry Bomb Mocktail
1 liter lemon lime soda
4 ounces grenadine
Juice from 1 lime (approximately 2 tbsp)
4 maraschino cherries
Directions: Combine soda, grenadine, and lime juice in mixing glass and stir. Pour over rocks or ice ball in low ball glass and garnish with cherries.
3. Cran-Apple Cider Mocktail
1 part cranberry juice
1 part apple cider
Directions: Rim glass with cinnamon sugar. Combine equal parts cranberry juice and apple cider. Garnish with a rock-candy swizzle stick.
4. Coconut Lavender Lemonade
1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice, from about 9 lemons
1 3/4 cups sugar
8 cups coconut water
4 cups water
1/2 recipe Lavender Simple Syrup (see here for the recipe)
Directions: Place lemon juice, sugar, coconut water, and water into a pitcher. Shake or stir vigorously until all the sugar is dissolved. Pour 1/2 of the lavender syrup into the pitcher and stir.
5. Watermelon Breeze
3 cups cubed chilled watermelon
1 cup coconut water
Squeeze of fresh lime
Directions: Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
6. Easy Blueberry Mojito
6-8 mint leaves
A handful of fresh blueberries (slightly muddled together)
2 oz of Lime juice
2 oz of Simple syrup
Splash of Club soda
Directions: Add ice, shake, and enjoy!
7. Pear and Lemon Cocktail
2 oz Pear juice
1 oz Lemon juice
.75 oz Rosemary-infused simple syrup
Directions: Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain into the rocks glass (or serve up) and top with soda water. Garnish with a slice of pear.
8. Perfect Tea Time
2 oz Green Tea
1 oz Lavender Simple Syrup
1 oz Ginger Beer
.5 oz Lemon Juice
2 Dashes of Grapefruit Bitters
Directions: Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with grapefruit disk.
Providing booze-free drinks for your guests is just good hosting. Though there are lots of mocktail recipes that you could try, you should always do the basics: Always have bottles of water stashed in the cooler with plenty of ice to keep it well-chilled. Lemonade, iced tea, and Arnold Palmers are great choices in the summer. In colder months, offer non-alcohol punches, hot teas, or mock Toddies.
One fun way to impress your guests is with house-made sodas. Doing so can be as easy as 1-2-3: Make a flavored simple syrup, blend that in a tall glass with juice, top with club soda or seltzer water, and gently stir to mix without losing any fizz. You may also go for some homemade flavored syrup, juice, and fizzy water (or sparkling cider) or play with different combinations.
Though I know these mocktail and virgin cocktail recipes are mostly intended for non-boozers, these homemade sodas are versatile enough that even heavy drinkers in your crowd could enjoy. You can add a spirit to it if you want to give your boozier guests something new to try, or you can top it with sparkling wine instead of fizzy water.