Pregnant? Breastfeeding or pumping? Living your best damn life? There are a million reasons why you might not be indulging in an alcoholic tipple on New Year’s Eve. But that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on any of the fun, flavors, or festivities.
Here are 8 mocktails to try this New Year’s Eve, including non-alcoholic versions of classic cocktails and delicious new creations.
This virgin Margarita recipe is sweet, tart, refreshing AF, and freaking easy to make.
Rim your margarita glasses with lime juice and salt. Add simple syrup, lime juice, lemon juice, and orange juice to a cocktail mixer filled with ice, and shake that bad boy until combined. Pour into your prepared margarita glasses, garnish with a wedge of lime, and enjoy. Yum!
Source: Make Mine A Mocktail
We’re calling it: virgin Mojitos taste just as good as the real deal. Fact. Plus they’re damn easy to make.
Take a handful of mint leaves (the recipe linked above calls for 15 if you want to be specific), pop them into a glass with lime juice and simple syrup, and muddle (muddling is a cocktail-making technique where you gentle smush herbs or fruit to release their juices). Add ice to the glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a wedge of lime and sip away, mama.
Source: 40 Aprons
We love this fresh, non-alcoholic take on the classic Gimlet. In a glass, muddle cucumber slices in simple syrup, then squeeze in lime juice. Pour in non-alcoholic gin (or regular gin, if you’re making it for others who are drinking alcohol), add ice, and stir. Strain into a glass, top with sparkling water and garnish with a slice of cucumber. Sante!
Source: Kayla’s Kitch And Fix
This take on the Paloma cocktail is so fun – it’s half Paloma, half Margarita, and 100 per cent delicious.
Mix grapefruit juice, agave syrup, club soda, and lemon juice in a glass, and set aside. Rim the glass you’ll serve the Palo-Marita in with salt, fill it with ice, then pour in your glass. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and enjoy, girlfriend.
Source: Sober Julie
The Arnold Palmer is one of those unicorn drinks that’s just as good alcohol-free as it is spiked.
To make it, combine lemonade and iced tea in a glass with ice. Stir until chilled, and serve (that’s it – so simple!). Garnish with a slice of lemon if you want to get a little fancy, and add a dash of vodka if you wish to make it alcoholic for other drinkers.
Source: All Recipes
Adorable name aside, this cocktail is a non-alcoholic take on the classic Bellini.
Pour peach nectar and lemon juice into a champagne flute, top with apple cider, and stir. Serve. How easy (and it’s damn tasty, too).
Ok, this is a clever non-alcoholic take on the Singapore Sling (we love the use of PG-13 in the name).
Combine pomegranate, mango, pineapple, and lime juice in a pitcher filled with ice. Divide the mix amongst your glasses (which you’ll have filled with crushed ice), top with tonic water, and garnish with mint sprigs. Sip, sip, mama.
Source: Bon Appetit
If you love an Aperol spritz, you’ll love this non-alcoholic version of the classic.
Here’s how you make it: pour ice cubes into a wine glass. Add orange juice, non-alcoholic bitters (like Lyre’s Italian Spritz), and tonic water. Stir well, and garnish with a slice of orange or lemon (or both, if you’re fancy). Serve immediately (and imagine yourself at a bar in Italy).
Buy Lyre’s Italian Spritz here.
Source: Mama Loves Italy
Time to fetch your best glassware and dust off that cocktail-making set you received as a gift all those years ago, mama (we’ve all got one). And if you need more non-alcoholic drinking inspiration, read our guide to 10 non-alcoholic drinks you need to try ASAP. Cheers!