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Our 22 Best Nonalcoholic Cocktails for Flavor-Filled, Booze-Free Sipping

Here's something to sip on: nonalcoholic cocktails. The next time you're craving a booze-free beverage that's refreshing, flavorful, and admittedly far more interesting than seltzer water mixed with a splash of cran or OJ, turn to these 22 recipes. From variations on homemade lemonade to a fizzy cooler that features a generous scoop of homemade orange sherbet (hey, you can have your ice cream and eat it, too!), these drinks are creative takes on punches, spritzes, and more.

Our 22 Best Nonalcoholic Cocktails for Flavor-Filled, Booze-Free Sipping

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    Sparkling Rhubarb Lemonade

    Sparkling Rhubarb Lemonade

    Food52 - TheRunawaySpoon

    Author Notes Homemade lemonade is always a treat, and this lovely pink version with the surprising flavor of rhubarb and brightness of fresh mint is sure to impress. A shot of rum or gin couldn't hurt!...

    Beet Tonic Spritzer

    Beet Tonic Spritzer

    Food52 - Julia Bainbridge

    Author Notes This mocktail comes from Posana restaurant in Asheville, NC. —Julia Bainbridge Serves 1 1 1/4 ounces beet juice • 1 ounce honey syrup • 1/2 ounce lemon juice • 3/4 ounce ginger beer (Posana...

    Blackberry Lemonade

    Blackberry Lemonade

    Food52 - The young chef

    Author Notes I refreshing drink for a beach day or just for chilling out around the house. —The young chef Makes 2 quarts 6 cups Water(divided) • 1 cup Sugar • 4 Organic Lemons • 2 cups Blackberries In...

    Snow Peony Punch

    Snow Peony Punch

    Food52 - JWC

    Author Notes This is a very light, refreshing punch offering a bouquet of coconut, ginger, and lychee that is punctuated with a lively peony garnish made of canned lychee and gari (sushi ginger). This...

    Tea Thyme Soda

    Tea Thyme Soda

    Food52 - hardlikearmour

    Author Notes This recipe is a riff on a delightful iced tea that gets served in the summer at both Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant and Stumptown Coffee in Portland, Oregon. At its essence, it's just...

    Cucumber-Fennel Fizz

    Cucumber-Fennel Fizz

    Food52 - beyondcelery

    Author Notes I originally made this to be served with gin for a cocktail party I threw for a friend's birthday. It's also great without the gin, though; the dash of apple cider vinegar gives it a tangy...

    Mango Lemonade

    Mango Lemonade

    Food52 - nykavi

    Author Notes Adapted from a recipe my Grandma used to make. —nykavi Test Kitchen Notes Although I was unable to hunt down a South Asian mango, its Mexican cousin made a delightful drink. I used two firm,...

    Retro Raspberry Lime Rickeys

    Retro Raspberry Lime Rickeys

    Food52 - cheese1227

    Author Notes I used to be a soda jerk. The soda fountain I tended was a quaint fixture in the drugstore in Western Massachusetts where thirsty New Yorkers would hop off the Peter Pan bus that had escorted...

    Watermelonade

    Watermelonade

    Food52 - Merrill Stubbs

    Author Notes My sister and some friends recently threw me a lovely bridal shower. The food, provided by Go Catering, was delicious. Happy guests devoured crudités, curried chicken salad, mini grilled sandwiches...

    Fizzy Orange Sherbet Cooler

    Fizzy Orange Sherbet Cooler

    Food52 - EmilyC

    Author Notes I’ve made this sherbet recipe, adapted from Cooks Illustrated, more than a dozen times, and each time, I can’t get over how good, bright, and delicious it is. It knocks the socks off store-bought...

    Red Bull Cranberry Mocktail

    Red Bull Cranberry Mocktail

    Food52 - Impact

    Author Notes Non alcoholic Red Bull Cranberry cocktail —Impact Serves 2 1 ounce fresh lemon juice • 2 ounces non alcoholic ginger beer • 2 ounces apple cider • 6 ounces Red Bull Red Edition • 1/2 teaspoon...

    Seedlip's Stewart Howard

    Seedlip's Stewart Howard

    Food52 - Olivia Bloom

    Author Notes We're bonkers for Seedlip, the non-alcoholic spirit from the UK (and available in our Shop!). This citrusy cocktail has just a hint of spice. It's everything nice. —Olivia Bloom Serves 1 ounces...

    Lemonade

    Lemonade

    Food52 - Ella Quittner

    Author Notes Best lemonade recipe? Ever? That's a tall order—about as tall as a towering, icy pitcher full of perfectly tart, sweet, lemony...we digress. Basically, what we're trying to say is that we...

    Moonlight Sonata

    Moonlight Sonata

    Food52 - AntoniaJames

    Author Notes If Beethoven had been a mixologist instead of a composer, this might have been one of his signature pieces. It’s sweet and pleasant at first, with a bit more excitement as the limeade melts...

    Vanilla-Thyme Lemonade

    Vanilla-Thyme Lemonade

    Food52 - madlovefood

    Author Notes For a less intense thyme flavour, omit thyme from the sugar syrup and add it to the lemon juice instead. Make sure you crunch the leaves in your hand to release their flavor. Add gin for alcoholic...

    Rhubarb Lime Spritzer

    Rhubarb Lime Spritzer

    Food52 - Amanda Hesser

    Author Notes Rhubarb's bracing acidity and generous fragrance make it a perfect medium for drinks. You cook down a little rhubarb with sugar and a dash of water, season it however you like -- ginger, or...

    Andrew Chau & Bin Chen's Japanese Coffee Cola

    Andrew Chau & Bin Chen's Japanese Coffee Cola

    Food52

    Author Notes This recipe is based on one of our favorite drinks in Japan, the espresso Coke from Coffee Elementary School in Tokyo introduced to us by one of our dear friends—and culture king—Eugene Hu....

    Mango and Basil Fizz Mocktail

    Mango and Basil Fizz Mocktail

    Food52 - jodiloves

    Author Notes It’s always a good idea to serve an enticing mocktail to guests at a gathering, or to yourself on a hot day. Non-drinkers will appreciate the option, and drinkers will also appreciate the...

    Tomato Shrub

    Tomato Shrub

    Food52 - fiveandspice

    Author Notes A sweet, vinegary, tomatoey syrup for making into a version of a Bloody Mary or Michelada. Or use it as a sort of base for gazpacho or in a salad dressing or as a punchy consommé-type soup......

    Spicy Mango Limeade

    Spicy Mango Limeade

    Food52 - Catherine Yoo

    Author Notes This bubbly mango drink hits all the right notes: sweet, tart, and spicy. If you want the drink to be less spicy, you can deseed the jalapeño prior to adding it in the simple syrup. It’s perfect...

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