15 Healthy Mocktail Recipes Low In Sugar
Stay refreshed, cool, and indulged with these healthy mocktail recipes! Made using fresh ingredients like fruits and herbs, these easy mocktails are low in sugar and flavorful. Indulge in sparkling lemonade in the summer or a pomegranate spritzer in the winter. Or, use them for dry January and take non-alcoholic drinks to a whole other level.
It just doesn’t seem like summer if you don’t have a chilled, beautiful drink in your hand. However, if you’re trying to cut back on the booze (or if you’re pregnant!) hitting it hard every single sunny day can pose a problem.
By the end of my pregnancy, I began avoiding gatherings altogether. Since I love to be uber pregnant during the hottest months (check out how to stay cool on a summer pregnancy) I found I missed out on a lot of social drinking.
This isn’t the end of the world, but it got to the point I was frustrated Af. I wanted a drink. I was sick of watching others enjoy themselves and I felt left out.
That’s how these pregnancy mocktails came about!
How To Make Mocktails Healthy
Replacing alcohol with a glass full of sugar isn't really a healthy swap. This is why these mocktails focus on:
- Using real fruit or herbs
- Minimizing concentrated fruit juice
- Avoiding simple syrup
- Light, refreshing, healthy
They’re the perfect blend of flavor and real food-based ingredients. They’re gorgeous so you feel as if you fit in. and of course, they’re refreshing and cool (Note: learn how to scale back sugar and not hate your life!).
When To Use The Mocktail Recipes
While the obvious answer is “anytime you don’t want to drink”, here’s a little secret: another great time to use these mocktail recipes is when you’re currently pregnant but not yet telling anyone!
These easy mocktail recipes look indulgent. They also look alcohol-based. It’s easy to make people believe you’re indulging with them when you’re not. Which is what I did for the first four months of my pregnancy.
Similarly, these recipes work beautifully for work gatherings in which you don't wish to drink. As well as anyone looking to take part in dry January.
Tips & Notes
Part of the reason people opt for mocktails and not just water is that they want to feel included. Fancy. And so, embrace that!
- Garnish your drink with one of the ingredients
- Place the mocktail in a glass you typically wouldn’t use
- A little umbrella never hurt anyone
If you’re going to rock healthy mocktails, do it up!
Keep in mind that these recipes are best made to order and not stored in the fridge.
The Best Summertime Mocktail Recipe
This is the recipe I used the most during both of my pregnancies. It’s light, simple and so damn perfect on a sunny day. Plus, it uses ingredients you probably already have.
- ½ lemon, freshly juiced
- 5 raspberries
- 1 can original perrier
- 5 drops stevia (or ½ teaspoon cane sugar)
- Raspberries for garnish
Muddle the raspberries into the bottom of a glass. Add in the lemon juice, ice, and top with Perrier. Add in the stevia and stir to combine. Garnish with raspberries
Easy Healthy Mocktail Recipes For All Occasions
The mocktail recipes below are deliciously healthy. They’re loaded with color which makes them seem fancier than they are. The majority actually have very simple ingredients.
These easy mocktails are made with simple ingredients and are not based around concentrated juice and soda.
Pick a flavor that suits you and enjoy!
Refreshing light and insanely easy. This Watermelon mojito from Budget101 is amazing.
Sparkling Apple Cider
Level up sparkling apple cider with some fresh citrus slices for a fun and easy apple drink that the whole family can enjoy. This 5-minute healthy mocktail from Nourish Nutrition Blog has thin slices of citrus fruit, a sprig of rosemary, and sparkling apple cider to make a festive non-alcoholic drink.
Pomegranate Lime Spritzer
If you’re looking for an equally delicious and easy holiday drink, I’ve got you covered with this pomegranate lime spritzer mocktail for an equally easy adult beverage. Like LESS THAN ONE MINUTE TO MAKE. true story
Coconut Mojito Mocktail
This Coconut Mojito Mocktail recipe is lightly sweet, rich, bubbly, and oh so refreshing! Made with just 5 ingredients from Cook At Home Mom, it’s the best non-alcoholic drink you’ll have all summer, whether you’re doing a Whole30 or not!
Honeydew Mint Cooler
Only three ingredients in this tasty, refreshing cooler recipe making it the perfect summertime staple. Grab the recipe from Paleo Gluten Free Guy.
Coconut Mint Green Tea
The benefits of green tea and the tastiness of coconut. This simple green tea mocktail from Strength and Sunshine is a tasty, healthy mocktail year-round.
Cranberry Pomegranate Mocktail
This Sugar-Free Cranberry Pomegranate Mocktail from Clean Eating Kitchen is easy, delicious, and health-promoting for an alcohol-free fizzy drink for date night, or any night!
Earl Grey Mocktail
This Earl Grey mocktail from Kelly Neil is made with grapefruit and honey is a perfect sipper when you don’t feel like drinking alcohol, yet want something a bit fancier than water or iced tea.
Watermelon Aqua Fresca
Sparkling Watermelon Agua Fresca is a great alcohol-free beverage that is delicious and easy. Naturally sweetened, this drink from Cass Clay Cooking is also healthy!
Mixed Berry Switchel
When you’re needing a cold refreshing drink this summer hit up Raias Recipes for this easy, anti-inflammatory Mixed Berry Switchel! It’s paleo, GAPS-friendly, and refined sugar-free.
Lime & Ginger Beer Mocktail
Fruity, loaded with berries and utterly refreshing. This Lime and Ginger Beer Healthy Mocktail from Recipes From A Pantry is made with only four ingredients and deliciously perfect.
Don’t forget to pin these easy mocktail recipes!
A refreshing summer mocktail from Veg Recipes Of India is made with fresh basil and lemon.
Mango Ginger Mocktail
Unlike the usual soft drinks, this drink is bold and robust. A mango ginger mocktail that has the familiar tropical mango flavor along with the sparkling water freshness.
Grab your favorite glass, some fresh ingredients, and loads of color to whip up one of these mocktail recipes! Perfect for an organized gathering, a pool party, or just a refreshing break in the middle of the day.