Let’s get one thing straight — mocktails don’t have to be boring, and they don’t have to be unhealthy.
Whether you’re a lemonade lover, a foodie with a sweet tooth, or a chocolate indulger, there are plenty of ways to make your favorite alcohol-free beverages just a little healthier without losing any of the thrill.
Here are 12 easy mocktail recipes and mixers that taste delicious and are filled with plant power.
1. Mineral Water
One of our favorite mixers is mineral water — A.K.A. sparkling water or seltzer. First, it’s super easy to mix with virtually any type of mocktail.
At zero calories, the end result is a seriously low-cal drink. (You can add a drop of orange juice or cranberry juice for a sweetness boost).
But what makes it healthy? Aside from the much-needed boost of hydration that it provides, mineral water is full of, well, minerals. Sodium, potassium, and magnesium are all needed for your body to function at its best.
2. Cold Espresso
Alcohol-free espresso martinis are one of the most delicious mocktail recipes.
Coffee is chock-full of healthy compounds, such as antioxidants. For this reason, regularly drinking coffee is associated with tons of health benefits and even a longer lifespan. Plus, coffee can help your flagging energy levels so you can feel a little peppier and more alert at your next party.
Use a natural sweetener instead of refined sugar to keep the calories down in your espresso martini. For instance, date syrup has a complex flavor that can complement espresso’s flavor notes.
3. Green Iced Tea
Green tea is another caffeinated beverage that’s full of antioxidants. Regularly drinking green tea can support heart health, improve the appearance of skin, and support feelings of mental clarity. Green tea can make an excellent alternative for a happy hour energy boost for those who get coffee jitters.
While you can certainly drink green tea without added sweeteners, we think a touch of lemon and honey will complement it nicely. You can experiment with different mixers to see which you like best mixed into your glass of green tea.
4. Sparkling Digestion Lemon Tonic
We didn’t want our love for a refreshing glass of lemonade to leave us feeling not-so-great, so we created our Digestion Lemon Sparkling Superfood Tonic. It’s made with a blend of superfoods to help support digestive function.
Our sparkling tonic contains dandelion root, which helps support gut health — which is a plus after a night of drinking. Lemon balm, which belongs to the mint family, can help soothe the digestive tract, while chicory supports the gut microbiome. And let’s not forget the tart flavor it gets from fresh lemon juice.
Just pour it into a highball glass with ice and top it off with your favorite garnishes. While mint leaves generally go well with lemonade, you can experiment with any of your favorites.
5. Muddled Berries
Berries are full of antioxidants. And, of course, they look stunning in any type of drink, from a mock-margarita to a virgin daiquiri to alcohol-free sangria, but this time, we’ll look at a classic combo: muddled berries and some ice.
To make a berry mocktail, muddle your favorite options in a small glass. You can add a drop of natural sweetener to enhance their flavor. Finally, add your favorite mocktail mixer, a bit of ice, and a pretty garnish.
6. Watermelon “Keg”
Consider making a watermelon mocktail keg for a party drink that’s sure to be a hit. While you may need to order a watermelon mock-keg kit to get it done, the result may be totally worth it.
Plus, watermelon is super good for you. Amongst fruit, it has some of the highest water content, which can help keep you hydrated during a night of hanging out with your friends. In addition, watermelon is super high in vitamin C, a popular immune-boosting nutrient.
7. Lemon-Rose Uplift Tonic
Our sparkling Lemon-Rose Uplift Sparkling Superfood Tonic is made with rose, a decadent floral that can help promote feelings of calm. Our tonic also includes hibiscus, which is chock-full of antioxidants, and lemon balm, which can help support your digestive health.
You can mix our sparkling tonic with anything that you like. From muddled berries to freshly squeezed lemon or a splash of your favorite fruit juice, our sparkling superfood tonic is versatile.
Of course, we think it tastes just as good on its own; no mixing required.
8. Coconut Sugar Mock-Mojito
One of the most popular classic mocktails, mock-mojitos are traditionally made with simple syrup, which is essentially melted white sugar. To make it healthier, we recommend going for another type of sweetener.
While your options are boundless, one delicious sweetener can be coconut sugar. It’s made by extracting sap from coconut and heating it to its melting point. The result is sugar with rich caramel undertones that’s rich in potassium, iron, zinc, antioxidants, and polyphenols.
If you’re trying to avoid artificial ingredients, skip the concentrated lemon-lime or lime juice. We promise that making mock-mojitos from scratch is easier than it looks. All you need are fresh lime slices with a few sprigs of refreshing mint for one lovely-looking mock-mojito.
Pro tip: Add a few dashes of bitters for enhanced flavor and digestive support.
9. Cacao Clarity Powder
If you’re a fan of frozen mixed drinks, we can’t think of a better ingredient base than chocolate with a splash of creamy milk. Some popular mocktails that use this formula include the mudslide, a chocolate mock-martini, and the Mexican hot chocolate topped with whipped cream.
Delicious they may be, but their high sugar content makes us think twice before indulging in one. As a substitute, you can use our Cacao Clarity Superfood Powder, which contains zero sugar or artificial sweeteners.
As an added bonus, our superfood powder contains a blend of adaptogenic plants. Ashwagandha, reishi, and lion’s mane can potentially support emotional wellness while promoting feelings of calm and relaxation.
10. Homemade Kombucha
Sugar is an important part of the fermentation process, which is why you’ll notice this ingredient on many store-bought kombucha labels. However, to enhance their products' taste, many companies add fruit juice like grapefruit or pineapple juice after fermentation, which results in extra calories.
Thanks, but we’ll pass! Instead, we recommend making homemade kombucha, which requires only four ingredients: tea, water, sugar, and a fermenting ingredient.
When your kombucha is done fermenting, you can add any ingredients you like for a custom flavor. Not only will your guests be super impressed, but you’ll all avoid unnecessary sugar and calories.
11. Sparkling Detox Ginger Tonic
If you’re making mocktail Moscow Mules, our sparkling Detox Ginger Sparkling Superfood Tonic is the perfect mixer.
Our sparkling superfood tonic is made with fresh ginger, which can help support digestive health. It also contains dandelion, which can help maintain the digestive system, and burdock root, which is full of various antioxidants.
You can mix our sparkling tonic with muddled berries and a squeeze of lime for a twist on a classic. Just make sure to serve it in a copper mug for an authentic experience!
12. Sparkling Immunity Berry Tonic
As fun as alcohol can be, it has its fair share of downsides. One example is alcohol’s effect on the immune system. Just one night of heavy drinking can weaken your defenses. Who needs it?
Instead, choose something to support your overall health. Our Immunity Berry Tonic is made with elderberry, goji berry, and blueberry, which are high in antioxidants. Best of all, it’s organic and non-GMO.
Oh, and did we mention that it tastes great, too?
Mocktail mixers can be delicious and help support your overall wellness. For superfood tonics and powders to mix into mocktails when the mood strikes — and which actually taste good — discover Sunwink’s selection of products.