If you don’t drink alcohol or are simply looking to drink a little less of it, there’s no reason to fret: you can still enjoy the sweet pleasures of a cocktail by embracing the mocktail!
These elegant drinks are simple to make and feel just as fun and festive as an alcoholic drink. The secret to a fancy mocktail is relying on flavorful ingredients, like fruit juices, homemade syrups, and even nonalcoholic aromatic bitters.
Layering these flavors, like you would a good mocktail, makes for a drink that’s complex and interesting. Choose from Stone Fruit Thyme Soda, Apple Spice LaCroix, and a virgin Sangria!
Even if you do drink, shaking up one of these for a party when you’re expecting a non-drinker, any of these recipes will be a nice gesture that’s more exciting than water!
Here are 7 Elegant Mocktails That Still Make You Feel Fancy!
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1. Raspberry and Fig Hibiscus Cooler
Found from Tending The Table
This mocktail starts with dried hibiscus flowers and muddled raspberries. This combination gives this mocktail its vibrant red color that’s stunning. Garnish with fresh figs and mint, this refreshing sipper straddles the line between late summer and early fall.
2. Apple Spice LaCroix
Found from Boxwood Avenue
This apple spice fall drink is a refreshing mocktail that’s perfect for fall and giving you comfort after a long day. This mocktail takes the ever-popular LaCroix fizzy drink to a new level. Make a quick spiced syrup with cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and brown sugar, and add a splash of it with some LaCroix Pomme-Bayà. This is simply perfection in a class!
3. Honey Sweetened Limeade Strawberries Basil
Found from Foolproof Living
This honey-sweetened limeade is perfectly balanced with strawberries and fresh basil. The fresh basil is an awesome surprise that has a pop of freshness.
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4. The Italian Bramble
Found from The Artful Desperado
While a classic bramble calls for gin and blackberry liqueur, this mocktail incorporates juniper berries and frozen blackberries to create a similar effect. The key to rocking this mocktail is layering it with a homemade lemon-rosemary juice that’s beautifully layered beneath the juniper-blackberry mixture and crushed ice, this mocktail is almost too pretty to drink!
5. Pineapple Peach Agua Fresca
Found from How Sweet Eats
This fruity fresh pineapple peach mocktail is everything you want after a long day. The bright pineapple and peach are blended together to create a concentrated fruit liquor that is so yummy. Then you combine lime, water, simple syrup, and fresh mint to finish this awesome mocktail!
6. Rosemary Vanilla Lemonade
Found from XO, Katie Rosario
These Rosemary Vanilla Lemonade are an elevated version of your favorite lemonade and Sunday morning brunch mimosa to keep you cool on a warm day. By using fresh ingredients like rosemary and vanilla, you get a tasty sweet and tart lemonade that’s perfect for a large crowd. Get the recipe at XO, Katie Rosario
7. Canada Dry Seltzer Non-Alcoholic Sangria
Found from The Anti-June Cleaver
Sangria is one of my favorite drinks, but you may be wondering why you would want to take the alcohol out of it. Well this mocktail still has all those yummy delicious flavors you want in a regular wine sangria but this mocktail is totally perfect not only for people who don’t drink, but it’s also great for baby showers, kids’ parties, or if you want a light, refreshing drink while the kids are at school.
Bonus: Stone Fruit Thyme Shrub Soda
Found from Gourmande in the Kitchen
This stone fruit thyme mocktail using a combination of white peaches, nectarines, and yellow plums. The key to making this the best drink everyone is making a delicious syrup from the stone fruit combined with honey and thyme leaves then let the syrup get all syrupy overnight. My favorite part is that you can take that syrup to make a refreshing mocktail or pour some of that syrup over ice cream for a tasty dessert!
Lose the booze and instead, indulge in one of these drink combinations made with sparkling water, flavored soda, freshly squeezed juices, and simple herb and fruit-distilled syrups. These elegant drinks are all refreshing, delicious, and make you feel fancy — oh yeah, and they still don’t contain a drop of alcohol!