Mocktail recipes: the best non-alcoholic cocktail recipes for some festive cheer

These mocktail recipes mean that everyone can enjoy a fresh and festive drink without the alcohol. From non-alcoholic twists on classic cocktails, to delicious low-sugar spritzes, see our favourites for NoLo sipping

Pink Lemonade
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These mocktail recipes are just what you need if you're having a teetotal festive break. Whatever your reasons for not drinking, it can often feel like every social event is centred around alcohol around this time of year – it's even in the Christmas cake! 

So you don't feel like you are missing out on anything more we have found some fabulous mocktail recipes that everyone can enjoy. We do love water, and there are loads of great 'grown up' soft drinks that make an alcohol-free night out much easier, but we like to stir things up and have nice things so have found some ways round the lack of booze which will make your life easier the following day.

Many non-alcoholic cocktails are (pretty much) your favourite cocktail minus the alcohol. These can be delicious, but some end up being too sweet or lacking the balance that the alcoholic version has thanks to the flavour of the spirits used. So we have found a range of mocktails that sub in a great no or low alcohol (NoLo) version of the spirit, or are just a tasty mix in their own right. Some even have that magic word 'ale' which is exciting although it's actually Ginger Ale but sssh – that's our secret.

Read on to find a new favourite winter tipple, or if you want to see some alcoholic choices to adapt yourself, head to our cocktail recipes page.

1. Lime Drop

Bubly Lime Drop

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This festive mocktail recipe is something which all of us can enjoy this holiday season, regardless of what age you are. It'll mean that you can still take part in those virtual cocktail parties as you don your 'favourite' Christmas jumper and sip a convincing bevvie with a lime bubly base, just without any hangovers. It's one which we're looking forward to trying, that's for sure...

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. limebubly
  • 2 oz. Ginger Beer
  • Splash of Apple Cider
  • Squeeze of Fresh Lime Juice
  • Lime Wheel, garnish

Method:

1. Add all ingredients over ice in a highball glass

2. Stir well with a cocktail stirrer 

3. Garnish with a lime wheel

2. Pink Lemonade

Pink Lemonade

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We like pink and we like lemonade so THIS is a lovely, bubbly combination which we feel is a wonderful drink enjoyed all year round. It's our go-to during the summer months but something tells me we'll be reaching for the lemons and pomegranates as we see in 2021, too. Just don't forget to get all your Tesco shopping in early, before the ingredients you need sell out.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lemons, sliced, plus extra wedges to serve
  • 150g (5oz) raspberries (or pomegranates) 
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 300ml (1/2pt) water
  • 1 sprig of rosemary, plus extra to serve
  • large handful ice cubes
  • 1.5ltr (2 1/2pt) ginger beer

Method:

1. Put the sliced lemons and raspberries / pomegranates in a pan with the caster sugar, water and 1 sprig of rosemary. 

2. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 2 minutes.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes before straining into a jug through a sieve. Allow to cool completely.

3. Pour the syrup into a jug with lots of ice cubes and top up with the ginger beer. 

4. Pour into glasses and serve each with extra lemon wedges and a sprig of rosemary to stir.

3. Caleño piña colada

Caleño piña colada mocktail recipe

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Who doesn't like piña colada (and getting caught in the rain)? And rightly so – with pineapple and coconut, this really is a holiday in a glass. While most virgin piña coladas follow the classic recipe and just leave out the rum, we love this version which subs in Caleño. This is a non-alcoholic spirit made with juniper berry and exotic, zingy Inca berry and it adds more tropical notes to this already very sunny drink.

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Caleño
  • 120ml pineapple juice
  • 60ml coconut cream
  • Pineapple leaves to garnish

Method:

1. Put all the ingredients (minus the garnish) in a blender.

2. Add a handful of ice.

3. Pulse until smooth.

4. Serve in a tall glass with a pineapple leaf garnish. Cocktail umbrella encouraged.

4. Cos-no-politan

Everleaf virgin cosmopolitan

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The Cosmopolitan is famously Sex and the City Carrie Bradshaw's favourite cocktail, but even Carrie needs a weekend off the booze and we think she would enjoy this virgin take on the classic. It uses Everleaf non-alcoholic aperitif that has notes of vanilla and saffron, which work wonderfully with the tart cranberry and lime. Serve in a cocktail glass and garnish with orange peel or even edible flowers.

Ingredients:

  • 40ml Everleaf bittersweet aperitif
  • 40ml cranberry
  • 15ml lime juice
  • 5ml sugar syrup
  • Orange peel garnish

Method:

1. Put all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker.

2. Add a big handful of ice and shake until well mixed.

3. Strain into a cocktail/martini glass.

4. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

5. Grove 42 margarita

Seedlip Grove 42 Margarita mocktail recipe

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People who usually go for a strong, dry cocktail might want to give this alcohol free margarita a go. It is still the party drink we know and love, but with no-alcoholic Seedlip Grove 42 in it, you won't suffer the consequences of a night of knocking back a load of tequila. The replacement spirit is based on orange, ginger and lemongrass – three flavours that work with the citrus lime base of a margarita so well. It also contains agave syrup which is the sweet syrup from the plant tequila is distilled from so the taste profile is not far off at all.

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Seedlip Grove 42
  • 1tbsp agave syrup or honey
  • 20ml fresh lime juice
  • Handful ice cubes
  • Salt
  • Lime peel

Method:

1. Prep your tumbler by running a wedge of lime around the rim. Then roll the rim in salt.

2. Add the Grove 42, agave syrup and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. 

3. Shake well then strain over more ice into the tumbler. 

4. Garnish with a wheel of lime.

6. Purple Queen

La Maison Wellness Purple Queen mocktail recipe

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This non-alcoholic take on a Kir Royale is the taste of summer, packed with seasonal berries and botanicals. For those who don't know a Kir Royale is a combo of blackcurrant liqueur and Champagne (or sparkling white wine), so in this mocktail version, the sparkling wine has been swapped for a low ABV version from Wild Life Botanicals, with Belvoir Blackcurrant and Blueberry Cordial, finished with Tame and Wild Blueberry and Dandelion sparkling drink. This perfect mix has been put together by La Maison Wellness who have loads of brill mocktail recipes. Feel free to swap in your favourite blackcurrant cordial and sparkling water of choice, but we love the light flavours used here – so refreshing.

Ingredients:

  • 1tsp blackcurrant & blueberry cordial
  • Non-alcoholic sparkling wine
  • Summer berry flavoured water (see the range from Tame & Wild)

Method:

1. Pour the cordial into a Champagne flute.

2. Top to brim with half sparkling wine and half sparkling water.

3. Garnish with a few berries.

7. Cucumber lemonade tea mocktail

Cucumber Lemonade ice tea

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This unforgettable ice tea will never wipe your memory like Long Island ice teas are prone to doing... This serve is so refreshing and with cucumber in it is a lovely summery drink for a hot hot day. This recipe uses Natalie's Lemonade Tea but feel free to use homemade instead. The key is plenty of cucumber for that fresh taste and scent. This recipe will make a big jug to share between two or three people.

Ingredients:

  • 500ml Natalie's Lemonade Tea
  • 75g cucumber, diced
  • Club soda
  • Cucumber slices or ribbons and lemon slices for garnish

Method:

1. Combine the lemonade tea and cucumber in a small pitcher.

2. Chill in the fridge for a few hours to let the flavours marry.

3. Strain out the diced cucumber and pour into 2–3 large ice, filled glasses.

4. Top with club soda to taste.

5. Garnish with cucumber and lemon slices.

8. Ceder's pink & tonic

Ceder's Pink Rose and tonic

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Of course one of the simplest cocktails is the gin and tonic, but there are so many great non-alcoholic gins and spirits out there that work beautifully with tonic, too. We love the floral taste of this Ceder's Pink Rose non-alcoholic spirit. It contains juniper – like it's boozy cousin gin – but also hibiscus and rose for the most fragrant combo. We like it best served simply with a bit of tonic and a few garnishes.

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Ceder's Pink Rose
  • 150ml Indian tonic water
  • Ice
  • Mint
  • Raspberries

Method:

1. Build the 'spirit' and tonic water in a glass over cubed ice.

2. Garnish with raspberries and a sprig of mint.

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