It’s never been easier to find inspiration for alcohol-free cocktails, now that we can lean on a new generation of delicious sparkling sodas, craft mixers, and even de-alcoholized beer. These are just a few of the base ingredients that, when mixed with fresh herbs and fruit, can help build great zero-proof cocktails with flavours that pop and actually quench a thirst during the dog days of summer.
Whether you’re looking to climb out of that soda water rut or searching for ways to offer something for all of your guests—even the ones who, for whatever reason, would prefer a non-alcoholic drink—we’ve got plenty of fresh inspiration. Here are three great zero-proof cocktail options to help you make the most of both relaxing summer downtime and lively get-togethers.
This crowd-pleasing mocktail recipe is a delicious way to cool down on a hot afternoon or to sip after a decadent summer barbecue. Citrusy, effortlessly cool, and refreshing, it’s like a grown-up slushie, only better! Try this Sorbettini Recipe.
Pedal Pusher Mocktail
This twist on a Radler—a beer shandy invented for cyclists in Munich as an alternative to beer—is bright, bubbly, and perfect for backyard BBQs, cottage getaways, or dockside cool-downs. Post-swim, hike, or bike, it’s the ideal thirst-quencher with a playful twist. Get the recipe.
Strawberry Basil Nojito
Lemon, basil, and strawberry is a classic trio that works in desserts, salad, and cocktails, like this riff on a bright and zesty mojito. Whether poolside, lakeside, or dockside, you’ll be glad you whipped up a batch of these! Get the recipe.