Mocktails

Whether you want a fun faux-cocktail for your children or don’t drink alcohol (or you got stuck being DD), we have tons of great mocktail recipes for any occasion. Make non-alcoholic mojitos with club soda instead of rum, lots of fresh mint, and pomegranate juice or sliced cucumber. Apple cider stands in for brandy in this Mai Tai mocktail, and gets tons of flavor from lemon juice and ginger syrup. This virgin cocktail uses three kinds of juice and club soda, turning it a pretty pink color—garnish with a sprig of rosemary and you’ll fool everyone. Get these recipes and more from F&W’s great guide to mocktails.

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Wassail

This warm mocktail can be easily spiked with aged rum or whisky. Here, we garnish our wassail with thin slices of orange, but a dusting of ground cinnamon or a thin slice of apple would be delicious too. Slideshow: More Nonalcoholic Drink Recipes
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Wise Guy

"Verjus is an incredible ingredient and is sadly underutilized behind the bar," says Lacy Hawkins, bartender at The NoMad in New York City. Verjus, the juice of unripened grapes, gives this julep-style mocktail a nuanced tanginess. Slideshow: More Easy Cocktail Recipes This recipe originally appeared in the Food & Wine 2016 Cocktails book.
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Philippe Khallins

At Mission Chinese Food in New York City, Sam Anderson mixes coconut milk with gin and serves the drink in small soup bowls because the flavors are reminiscent of Thai tom kha gai soup. This mocktail variation is rich, creamy and incredibly aromatic.  Slideshow: More Easy Cocktail Recipes This recipe originally appeared in the Food & Wine 2016 Cocktails book.
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Ecto Chelada

"I bought a fancy juicer just to make this," says Chad Arnholt, bartender at Comstock Saloon in San Francisco. "The savory ingredients--cucumbers, peppers, herbs--are unexpected and make the drink feel healthy." He sets out a pitcher of the juice for parties, cookouts or sci-fi movie nights along with tequila, beer and ginger beer so guests can customize their own drinks.  Slideshow: More Easy Cocktail Recipes This recipe originally appeared in the Food & Wine 2016 Cocktails book.
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Coco Loco

Indianapolis bartender Ryan Puckett combines his penchant for tiki cocktails with a childhood favorite, orange soda floats; the result is this tropical orange-cream soda. "I'd make orange soda floats with my grandma, so that flavor pairing is something I've always loved," he says. Slideshow: More Easy Cocktail Recipes This recipe originally appeared in the Food & Wine 2016 Cocktails book.
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Chasing Summer

"I love this drink so much that it seems like my glass is always empty," says Lacy Hawkins, bartender at The NoMad in New York City. Her favorite part is the balsamic vinegar. "It adds wonderful acidity to the drink and creates a caramelized finish." Slideshow: More Easy Cocktail Recipes This recipe originally appeared in the Food & Wine 2016 Cocktails book.
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7 Easy Mocktails Recipes to Make for Lent

Just because you gave up alcohol for Lent, doesn't mean you have to skip happy hour.
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Meadow Mocktails

Johanna Corman makes this refreshing lavender-and-grapefruit spritzer in large batches for easy summer entertaining. To turn it into a cocktail, swap gin or vodka for some of the sparkling water. Slideshow: More Summer Drink Recipes
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Black Tea Sour

"Often it's difficult to construct nonalcoholic drinks without making them fruity sugar bombs," says Jennifer Colliau. She admires this drink, created by cocktail purist Thad Vogler because it's a straightforward sour that uses tea instead of a spirit as its base. (A huge tea fan, Vogler drinks several cups a day.) Slideshows: Cocktails for the Coupe