Are you a pregnant bride? In the recovery community? Having a dry wedding? Or maybe you're just wanting to give your non-drinking guests some amazing concoctions.
Let's talk recipes for the best mocktails for weddings.
This Dark Invader mocktail is destined to become an Offbeat Bride favorite for the Vader reference alone.
1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
1/2 ounce vanilla syrup (see note)
Combine 9 of the blackberries, the juice and syrup in a cocktail shaker; muddle well.
Add the ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain into a cocktail (martini) glass.
Garnish with the remaining 2 blackberries (one on each side of the rim, like alien ears).
NOTE: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
Bring to a slow, rolling boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a glass container and let cool to room temperature.
Cover tightly and refrigerate until chilled through; store indefinitely.
Cherry Bomb Mocktail
1 liter lemon lime soda
4 ounces grenadine
juice from 1 lime (approx 2 tbsp)
4 maraschino cherries
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.
Lemon Blueberry Colada
8 parts San Pellegrino Limonata (or lemonade)
2 parts light coconut milk
1 part grenadine
Mix together all ingredients in a glass and serve cold.
Ginger Lime Fizz
12 ounces ginger beer
4 ounces seltzer water
½ to 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
Limes, for garnish
Combine ingredients in a pitcher. Serve cold.
Virgin Moscow Mule
1 ounce lime juice
1/2 cup ginger beer
1 tablespoon simple syrup
2 ounces sparkling water, tonic, or club soda
Ice cubes, 3 to 5 depending on your preference
Add all ingredients in a glass and stir well.
Garnish with a slice of lime and a small slice of ginger.
I like this cran-apple cider mocktail for a winter wedding, especially if you add in some mulling spices and heat it up.
Cran-apple cider mocktail
1 part cranberry juice
1 part apple cider
Rim glass with cinnamon sugar. Combine equal parts cranberry juice and apple cider. Garnish with a rock-candy swizzle stick.
Asian Pear Sparkler
1 cup freshly pressed Asian pear juice (or regular pear juice)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3/4 cups honey
1/4 cup sugar
1 (4-inch) sprig fresh rosemary
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into coins
Small grating of fresh nutmeg
Combine pear juice, lemon juice, honey, sugar, rosemary, ginger, and nutmeg in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat for five minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugars.
Remove from heat and let stand 30 minutes. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the solids. Let syrup cool completely.
To serve, fill an eight-ounce glass halfway with ice cubes, add three tablespoons of syrup, fill with soda water, and stir.
Roy Rogers Mocktail
1 part Grenadine
3 parts Coke or Pepsi
1 Maraschino cherry, for garnish
Pour the ingredients into a tall glass filled with ice. Stir well and garnish with the maraschino cherry.
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)
Place lemon juice, sugar, coconut water, and water into a pitcher and shake or stir vigorously until all the sugar is dissolved. Pour 1/2 of the lavender syrup into the pitcher and stir.
Sparkling Cucumber Limeade
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 cup water
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup lime juice
1 medium English cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
2 cups sparkling water, chilled
Strain the lime syrup through a fine mesh sieve. Combine the syrup with the lime juice and cucumber. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve, add in the sparkling water. Serve over ice.
You can't go wrong with a classic.
1 part grenadine
8 parts ginger ale
Rim glass with pink Pop Rocks. Add 4 tablespoons grenadine syrup to 16 ounces ginger ale. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Sparkling Raspberry Mocktail
Frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate
3 cups cold water
Sparkling white grape juice
In a small pitcher, mix frozen lemonade concentrate and three cups of water.
For ice-cubes sprinkle raspberries into an ice cube tray and then slowly pour the raspberry lemonade mix over them. Set the remaining drink mix aside until later.
When ready to serve, add ice cubes to each glass and pour about one tablespoon of the raspberry lemonade in the bottom of each glass. Top off the glass with sparkling grape juice.
Dirty Dr. Pepper
Torani Sugar Free Coconut Syrup
Dr. Pepper or Diet Dr. Pepper
Throw a few ice cubes in your cup and add one slice of lime. Pour Dr. Pepper in and add about one teaspoon of coconut syrup for every one cup of Dr. Pepper.
3 cups cubed chilled watermelon
1 cup coconut water
squeeze of fresh lime
Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
Another watermelon recipe, this time with a kick!
Jalapeño Watermelon Agua Fresca
4 cups seedless watermelon, cut into cubes
1 cup coconut water
1/4 – 1/2 cup jalapeño simple syrup (see recipe here)
lime & mint for serving (optional)
Add watermelon, coconut water, and simple syrup (start with 1/4 cup) to a blender and process until very smooth and frothy, about 30 seconds. Taste for spice and add more syrup, if necessary. Serve immediately over ice with a squeeze of lime.
Safe Sex on the Beach
3 ounces cranberry juice
3 ounces grapefruit juice
2 ounces peach nectar
1 maraschino cherry
Pour over ice in a chilled glass and stir. Garnish with a cherry.
Ginger-Basil Grapefruit Spritzer
1 grapefruit plus additional grapefruit for garnish
2 cups of ice
3 x 12oz cans of ginger soda
handful of fresh basil
1/4 cup basil simple syrup (recipe here)
Place sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add the basil. Allow to steep for 15-20 minutes and strain and discard basil. Place syrup in a glass tupperware container or squeeze bottle if you have it.
Cover and chill for a couple hours.
French 75 Mocktail
2 cups ice
3 ounces fresh lemon juice
4 dashes lemon or orange bitters
2 (6-8oz) bottles premium tonic water (such as Fever Tree or Q Tonic)
2 rock candy swizzle sticks
Add fresh lemon juice and bitters to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until frosty then divide into two champagne flutes or coupe glasses.
Top off with tonic water until it reaches about 3/4 of the way up the glass. Garnish with the swizzle sticks and serve immediately.
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Comments on 18 delicious mocktail recipes to thrill your teetotaling guests
As someone who loves cocktails and is trying to get pregnant, I am SO BOOKMARKING THIS. Also, I love that there are several recipes that don’t involve soda, since I’m not fond of it. Hooray for yummy drinks!
(You didn’t actually say how to make vanilla syrup)
Maybe not… but I appreciated the reminder anyway!
loyal reader here and in the #recoverycommunity myself! 8 years sober, come july! thanks for the delicious recipes! and come join me, if you want!
If you know “hugo” you will also love a virgin hugo.put 1 tbsp of elderflower-sirup in a tumbler, add 1 tbsp of lime juice (some limezest will even add to the taste), take 4-5 mint leaves and tear them apart, into the glass they go, then fill up with soda water an stir. Drink with a straw if you want to avoid swallowing the mint om top. LOVE the summery refreshing taste.
awesome! i am a straight edge so i don’t drink alcohol, having non-alcoholic options is awesome! thank you for these 😀
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Some of these look so yummy! I just plain don’t care for the taste of alcohol, which makes most cocktails an overpriced “Who cares?” for me. These look fantastic, and I’ll bet they taste just as good.
Thank you so much for these! I have had to cut WAY back on alcohol due to migraines–but I still appreciate drinking something that tastes complex and feels grown-up. I am always on the hunt for good mocktail recipes (ones that are not just sugar water) and now here’s a smorgasbord! This is the best!
I can vouch for Safe Sex on the Beach! We used to use this exact recipe when I was a university peer health educator in the bible belt. However, this list is missing the BEST which is a Short Island Iced Tea. Mix Iced tea and lemonade in a pitcher, pour over ice in a tall glass and add a splash of coca cola on top (no substitutes for the coke!). It takes some fiddling to get the proportions just right depending on the brand of tea and lemonade you use, but once you get it right this tastes JUST like a Long Island Iced tea (which is a good thing, since the real thing is 3-5 servings of alcohol per glass!).
Half of my family drinks and half does not. For my wedding I came up with a signature drink and a signature mocktail. Since my mom is a non-drinker, I named the mocktail a “Momosa” – OJ, grenadine and tonic water. My mom was so touched and I think we served more mocktails than cocktails that night.
I love this. Everyone who is coming to our wedding drinks (a lot), but I wanted to have some interesting mocktails on the menu anyway. Sometimes people like to take a break!
I thought the distinction between ginger ale and ginger beer was that ginger beer is alcoholic, and ginger ale isn’t… but that must be wrong. For the recipes calling for ginger beer, is it looking for ginger ale? Or something else?
Ginger beer is generally much spicier than ginger ale. It’s also harder to find, at least in the US. Check the specialty-foods section of your local supermarket.
Liquor stores typically carry it with their other mixers, but no, it is not alcoholic. It’s just much gingerier and less sweet than ginger ale. I like Gosling’s brand.
if you can find ginger ale by Buffalo Rock it is SO TRULY ginger-y (oh, so, spicy-hot on the lips ~ yum!) & non-alcoholic
When I was studying in grad school I used to make mock Red Bull bombs.
4 oz Red Bull, 4 oz mango juice, a squeeze of lime, poured over ice.
I came up with it when I was looking for a way to stretch a can of Red Bull. They’re darn expensive in the US, and drinking can after can is really more caffeine than is needed for everyday studying.
Of all the ones you have listed above, my favorite is the Cherry Bomb Mocktail. I’ve tried that at home earlier and it’s really good. Thinking about the preferences of your elite wedding audience is a really good tip for the ones who are new in the wedding planning service.
I made the coconut lavender lemonade last night (1/2 recipe was enough to fill my pitcher) and it was a huge hit. I’m going to start keeping lavender simple syrup around, it’s such an easy way to make drinks seem super fancy.
As my husband and I are both non-drinkers (by choice), and often surrounded by friends who do like the occasional (or more) drink, it’s usually difficult to find nice alternatives to softdrinks (sodas for you US folk). So a heartfealt thank you for these ideas! Most of what I find on pinterest seems to be more tailored towards smoothies than mocktails, so I’m super keen to try some of these out. Perhaps at the big dinner party we’re hosting in a few weeks!
I’m sober and planning a wedding! Both of us are sober and we’ll have many sober guests, along with many people who drink. This was an amazing post and I got some great ideas. We’re thinking of having the bar split into two halves, one with non-alcoholic drinks and one with alcoholic drinks. Thank you for this!
Wow. They look all great. I’m thirsty now.
But my favorite is definitively the Cherry Bomb Mocktail.
I love Cherries!!! Specially in a Cocktail.
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Wow, Thanks for all of these great ideas… I am so gonna have fun serving these non-alcoholic drinks for a kids party
Amazing recipes, I’m definitely using some of these for my wedding in June. Thanks.
Thanks for all of these good ideas… I can hand make it for my family on the weekend.
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