These Non-Alcoholic Drinks Will Make You Happy and Not Feel Guilty About It

There is nothing wrong with not liking alcohol.

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But did you know? You can still have fun at parties. So whether you’re abstaining for religious or medical reasons, there are many great options to enjoy alcohol-free socializing with friends.

With so many drinks on the go, knowing what is good for you can take a lot of work. And if you are confused about what to drink at the next party, don’t fret. This article will tell you about some of the best non-alcoholic drinks available.

So there are no more excuses for not mingling and making friends at parties, watching movies, or during dinner. 

Especially if you are living a non-alcoholic life or just trying to cut back on your drinking, then non-alcoholic drinks are necessary for your socialization needs.

Virgin Piña Coladas and Mai Tais

Piña Coladas and Mai Tais are two of the most iconic tropical cocktails, and did you know there is a way to make them both without rum or vodka?

They’re just as delicious and refreshing as the originals, and you won’t feel guilty about having one.

The secret ingredient in non-alcoholic virgin Pina Coladas is coconut milk, which has a rich, creamy flavor.

Adding a little bit of lime juice adds tanginess and balance to the sweetness of the coconut milk and pineapple juice.

You can also add more crushed ice for an extra cooling effect on a hot summer day.

If you want to create your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • 4 oz cream of coconut (such as Coco Lopez)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with pineapple slices, if desired.
  3. You can also add some rum extract instead of vanilla extract if you want an alcoholic version but make sure not to add too much since it can easily overpower the other flavors in this drink.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for something less sweet and more tart, you can try making a non-alcoholic mai tais instead.

If you want to create your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • pineapple juice
  • lime juice
  • coconut cream
  • orange blossom water
  • vanilla extract

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with your desired fruit slices, if desired.

Mock Mules and Moscow Mocktails

Mock Mules are a delicious and refreshing take on the famous Moscow mule. The drink is made with sparkling water and ginger beer, which adds a little kick but doesn’t have any alcohol. 

This mocktail is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the taste of Moscow mules without getting buzzed.

If you want to create your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  • Four oz. Ginger beer, chilled

Moscow Mocktails are another great non-alcoholic option that tastes like your favorite alcoholic beverage. These mocktails are made with ingredients like orange juice, lime juice, and cranberry juice, so they taste like a Moscow mule with no alcohol involved.

If you want to create your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup apple juice or cider
  • Three tablespoons of lemonade concentrate
  • 5 drops grenadine syrup

Non-Alcoholic Sangria and Virgin Strawberry Margaritas

Sangria has been around since the 1500s and is still among the most popular non-alcoholic drinks.

The traditional recipe calls for red wine, but you can use non alcoholic wine or any fruit juice you want, like orange juice. This will give it a nice citrus flavor, and lime juice will make it taste more like a margarita. You can also add mint leaves or lemon slices to give it extra flavor.

Virgin Strawberry Margarita is another popular non-alcoholic drink that tastes just like its boozy counterpart.

If you prefer those flavors better, you can make this one with strawberries or raspberries instead of blueberries. Mix water and sugar until they dissolve into syrup, add your choice of fruit and then top with lime juice, tequila, triple sec, and club soda.

Smashed Fruit And Fizzy Water

Fruit juice and soda water are a great combination.

The juice’s sweetness balances out the soda’s fizziness, creating a drink that tastes like a Fruity Pebbles milkshake. Plus, it looks pretty fancy, and you can call it an adult beverage if you’re feeling fancy.

Mix up some smashed fruit, such as peaches or strawberries, with sparkling water and enjoy. This drink is excellent for people who are sensitive to alcohol or trying to reduce their intake.

Section: Non-Alcoholic Mint Juleps

What could be more Southern than a mint julep? They are the official drink of the Kentucky Derby and a staple of Southern culture.

You can enjoy this refreshing drink without alcohol using club soda instead of bourbon.

The club soda will add a hint of fizz, but the taste will be similar to your favorite cocktail.

This non-alcoholic version is just as delicious and refreshing as the original.

If you want to create your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup water or club soda
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • One tablespoon of chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • ½ cup prepared lemonade
  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Section: Cranberry-Lime Rickey Punch

This can be the perfect drink for a hot summer day. Cranberry juice and lime juice are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, which fight off those nasty colds that come around every winter. The added ginger gives it a nice kick, too.

If you want to create your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Eight oz. watermelon juice (or any other fruit juice)
  • Eight oz. cranberry juice cocktail
  • Four oz. lemon-lime soda (club soda or tonic water)
  • 1/2 lime, sliced into wedges
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger

Here’s how to make it:

  1. In a pitcher, mix cranberry and lime juices.
  2. Add in club soda or tonic water.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 2 days.
  4. Add ice and stir before serving over ice with a wedge of lime if desired.

Mojito Mocktail

Mojitos are one of the most popular summer cocktails.

This recipe makes the drink healthier by using sparkling water instead of club soda. The sweet mint flavor makes this mocktail taste like you’re drinking a mojito without all the calories.

So, if you want to create your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup club soda or seltzer water
  • 5-7 mint leaves (or more if you like)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (about one tablespoon)
  • One tablespoon of sugar syrup or simple syrup
  • Ice cubes (optional)

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Mix all ingredients except mint in a pitcher.
  2. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
  3. Add ice cubes and garnish with mint sprigs.

Final Thoughts

Whether for health or religious reasons or because you’re driving, plenty of great non-alcoholic drinks can get you in that party mood without worrying about how many shots it will take before you pass out.

Check out the list of non-alcoholic recipes above to enjoy a night with friends and family.