Doing Dry January (or Dry All-Year-Long)? Here are 6 Mocktail Recipes to Try

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Make these simple mocktail recipes to enjoy at home, sans alcohol.

sherbet fizz

Cheers for creative drink ideas all can enjoy!

Just because a drink is lacking alcohol doesn’t mean that it has to be boring! There are so many ways to jazz up beverages now with all the different flavors of seltzer waters and fruit juices available at the store. Add a fresh fruit garnish, and you’ll have an excellent mocktail to sip.

These recipes couldn’t come at a more perfect time as so many folks give Dry January a shot at the beginning of a new year. The holidays are a time of indulgence, so whether you’re looking to reset after weeks of celebration, are seeking the benefits of sobriety, or have always found yourself loving a no-booze lifestyle, these mocktail recipes won’t disappoint!

We featured these mocktails on Instagram here

mango mule mocktail

These simple-to-make mocktail recipes are perfect for entertaining, or to relax and enjoy a special drink solo. I’ve whipped up five single recipe drinks and one larger punch that is perfect for sharing!

woman sipping a mocktail drink

1. Mango Mule Mocktail

mango cucumber Moscow mule mocktail

Moscow mules are my personal favorite of mine for cocktails, so naturally coming up with a fun mocktail version is essential! This fruity version will give tropical vibes with a grownup taste of spicy ginger beer.


pouring a mocktail Moscow mule


  • Add the cucumber to the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Use a drink muddler or the handle of a spoon to smash down the cucumber.
  • Add the mango nectar and the lime juice, close the lid and give it a good shake.
  • Add ice to a copper mug, and pour the mocktail mixture over the ice.
  • Pour the ginger beer and sparkling water over the drink and garnish with lime.

2. Guava Mint Mojito

tray with mint mojito on it

Mint mojitos are a classic cocktail and are easy to make without alcohol! This version is super fresh and minty tasting. I have made this using pear nectar instead of guava and they are both delicious. You’re gonna love this bright fun mocktail recipe.


making a mojito mocktail recipe


  • To a cocktail shaker add mint leaves and mash down using a cocktail muddler or the handle of a spoon.
  • Pour in the guava nectar and lime juice, then close the lid and shake.
  • Pour the mixture into a cup of ice. Add the sparkling water and top with lime and mint garnish.

3. Red, White, & Blue Mocktail

pouring blue lemonade into a mocktail

How fun is this for any patriotic holiday?! The kids will especially enjoy the cool blue and red ombre look. You can switch out the layers to other ingredients, but be sure the bottom layer has the most sugar for this to work. Then the 2nd layer has less, followed by the top with the least grams of sugar.


red white and blue mocktails recipe


  • Add ice to a cup.
  • Pour the cranberry juice first, then the agua fresca, followed by the blue lemonade.

4. Raspberry Sherbet Fizz Mocktail

sherbet fizz


pouring raspberry sparkling water into drink


  • Scoop some raspberry sherbet into the bottom of a glass.
  • Add a splash of pineapple juice, and then fill the rest with lemon sparkling water or Sprite.
  • Garnish with fresh or frozen raspberries if desired.

5. Fruit Fizz Mocktail

Sparkling Juice Mocktail



  • Add ice and pour 1/2 juice and 1/2 sparkling water into a glass.
  • Add fresh fruit such as cranberries and tangerines or experiment with any of your favorite fruit combinations!

6. Watermelon Punch Recipe

watermelon punch bowl


Watermelon Punch Recipe mocktails


  • Cut about 1/3 of your watermelon off the top and scoop out all the insides.
  • Puree the pieces of watermelon in a blender or food processor and then strain the solid pieces (I strained over a large pitcher). Repeat in several batches.
  • Add pineapple juice and sparkling water to the “bowl” and pour in your strained watermelon juice.
  • Mix together and chill the punch and bowl in the fridge for about an hour or until ready to serve.

Do you have any great mocktail recipe ideas to share? Please let us know your favorites in the comments!

This pineapple Dole Whip tastes just like Disney’s version!

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 17

  1. Kay

    I don’t drink alcohol n love trying fun festive beverages. My fam knows me as the punch maker. I can’t wait to try these mocktails. Thanks so much.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay – Thanks Kay!! Enjoy!

  2. MaryKay

    Thank you for posting Lina! I’ve never liked the taste of alcohol so these recipes are perfect for me. Thanks again!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh sure!! I am so glad you like these ideas!

  3. markiesluv

    Doesn’t the agua fresca have less sugar than the blue lemonade? just trying to make sure I understand the order. Also having trouble finding the blue lemonade. it sounds better than the gatorade but gatorade may have to do. Eager to do this for my Moms bday on the 4th!! Thank you,

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Whoops sorry for the confusion. I looked back at my pictures and I was using the LIGHT version of that blue lemonade which does have less sugar than the pictured fresca. I updated the link… All were at my Kroger grocery store if that helps! Happy Birthday to your mom!

      • markiesluv

        Thank you!! Appreciate all your posts so much!!

        • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          Oh yay! Thank you so much!

  4. Jeanette---

    Thank you for this! As the girl who doesn’t drink alcohol, I always feel like the odd one out. This brightened my day.

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re SO welcome, Jeanette! 🥰

    • AngieM

      I can understand that. I feel the same. I am a recovering alcoholic. Been clean for 3 years. I was in an abusive relationship. I’m excited to try these drinks 🙂

      • Jeanette---

        proud of you for your 3 years!!!!!!!!! That’s huge!!

        • AngieM

          Thank you I appreciate that♥️

  5. Rn404

    Thank you so much. I do not drink at all, never have. These look yummy, and I can make them in a pretty glass and take some IG pics😂😂😂
    I do have a question on the red, white n blue drink where can one find Agua Fresca cucumber lime what brand makes that never heard of it

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome! 🥰 Santa Cruz Organic Agua Fresca Cucumber & Lime Juice can be found in neighborhood grocery stores or find it in-store at various Walmarts. Hope that’s helpful.

  6. Dani

    As it’s my birthday month, I cannot do sober January…lol Maybe I’ll try these in February! 😁

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      Happy Birthday, Dani!🎉 Let us know how you like these when you try them next month.😀 And don’t forget to check out all the birthday freebies you may be able to score that are available in this post!

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