16 Non-Alcoholic Cocktails for Your Next Holiday Party

Full of flavor with none of the booze, these alcohol-free cocktails are ideal for brunch, parties, and happy hour at any time of day.

Pineapple and Tamarind Cooler

José Mandojana

Whether you prefer to call them mocktails (we don't, for the record), zero-proof, or spirit-free drinks, we'd like to encourage you to dive deep into the world of non-alcoholic mixed drinks, which can be every bit as complex, delicious, and worth getting excited about as its boozy counterpart. The traditional principles used to craft alcoholic mixed drinks — finding balance in flavor and selecting thoughtful garnishes, glassware, and ice — apply to alcohol-free cocktails as well. While some of the recipes we enjoy the most call for a few additional steps, like making a syrup or a tincture, you'll be surprised by how easy many of these recipes can be used again to add extra flavor to everything from ice cream to coffee. Here's how to make 16 of our favorite non-alcoholic cocktails, from a booze-free riff on a classic Negroni to a caffeinated Coffee Cooler.

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Saffron Cordial

Safran Serberti
Photo by Eva Kolenko / Food Styling by Carrie Purcell / Prop Styling by Jillian Knox

In Turkish culture, this floral, citrusy, sweet cordial is believed to have protective properties: If someone trips on a flat path, it's poured on the spot to ward off the evil eye. Magical properties aside, this chilled, sunshine-yellow drink gets its hue from saffron threads; grinding them with sugar helps them dissolve easily. If saving overnight, discard the lemon slices, as they can turn the cordial slightly bitter. During Ottoman times, şerbeti made with saffron was commonplace at communal bathhouses known as hammam; nod to its roots by making this cordial part of a moment of self-care, or enjoy it anytime you need a refreshing drink.

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Non-Alcoholic Negroni

Non-alcoholic Negroni

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon

The classic Negroni can still pack tons of flavor without the booze.

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Sharab Rose Raspberry Shrub Cocktail

Sharab Rose Raspberry Shrub Cocktail

Ed Anderson

This tart non-alcoholic cocktail is bright and floral from the raspberries and rose water.

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Frozen Shirley Temple

Frozen Shirley Temple Recipe

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon

This simple frozen cocktail can be made with or without alcohol, depending on your audience.

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Strawberry-Chile Balsamic Shrub

Strawberry Chili Balsamic Shrub

Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

Sweet strawberries meet up with tart balsamic and smoky chiles in this fruity shrub.

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Pineapple and Tamarind Cooler

Pineapple and Tamarind Cooler

José Mandojana

This tangy and sweet nonalcoholic punch delivers a little kick of heat thanks to the mix of habanero powder and salt that rims each glass. Chef Gregory Gourdet uses tamarind pulp to make a fruity, tart syrup that helps balance the tropical sweetness of the pureed pineapple. The drink has a slightly thick consistency, but served over plenty of crushed ice, it’s perfectly refreshing.

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Watermelon Limeade

Watermelon Limeade Recipe

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Barrett Washburne

This sweet watermelon limeade is a refreshing way to toast summer afternoons.

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Green Refresher

Green Refresher Drink

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Oset Babür-Winter

In the Green Refresher, one of our favorite NA concoctions from expert distiller and mixologist Sebastian Reaburn, the herbaceous, earthy notes of Japanese sencha tea perfectly complement the sweet, tart flavor of apple juice. 

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Coffee Cooler

Coffee Cooler

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Oset Babür-Winter

Love an Espresso Martini but don't want the booze? The Coffee Cooler scratches any itch for caffeine with added sweetness from freshly squeezed orange juice.

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Ghia Sour

Nonalcholic Cocktails Recipes
Carey Jones

Ghia is a Campari-lover's booze-free best friend, and this simple spritz shows off the complex botanicals and herbs in one of our favorite NA aperitifs.

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Cherry Red

Cherry Red Non-Alcoholic Drink

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Oset Babür-Winter

Mixologist Sebastian Reaburn uses black cherries when he makes this cocktail, which was inspired, he says, by "classic American flavors like Big Red chewing gum and Cherry Coke." 

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Jardin Verde

Jardin Verde non-alcoholic cocktail
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

This refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail from Bryan Dayton is featured in Julia Bainbridge's book, Good Drinks. It is sweet and mildly bitter from Seedlip Garden 108 with botanical notes that shine with the addition of fragrant, herbal tonic water.

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Shift Drink

Shift Drink Recipe

MAtt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Oset Babür-Winter

The Shift Drink is a combination of freshly squeezed grapefruit and lemon juices, an intensely fragrant spiced honey syrup, ginger beer, and one of our favorite non-alcoholic spirits, Amass Riverine.

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Psychedelic Backyard

Psychedelic Backyard

Matt Taylor-Gross

Verjus adds a pleasant kick of acidity to this non-alcoholic cocktail from mixologist and author John deBary.

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Oriole's G&T Tisane

Oriole's G&T Tisane
Victor Protasio

From Chicago restaurant Oriole, this chilled tisane calls for juniper berries, coriander seeds, osmanthus flowers, Szechuan peppercorns, white peppercorns, and mustard seeds.

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Pumpkin Shrub


Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Liberty Fennell

Who says pumpkin drinks can't have a welcome kick of acidity?

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