Can't afford the trip to the tropics? Don't worry—you can still have your island escape right at home with these seven spring mocktails!
These recipes are easy and fun drinks to make at home and taste refreshingly delicious. The best part? You skip the price tag of sitting at bars (and the super-long flight if you're craving the tropics).
7 Spring Mocktail Drinks to Make At Home
These seven delicious recipes will cool you down on those warm spring days and nights but won't have you compromising on flavor or fun. Enjoy!
1. Cherry Juice Sangria Mocktail
This cherry sangria is a mocktail you can sip on with friends and family without anyone feeling left out. The flavors of cherry juice, lemon, and pineapple give it enough sweetness, but not so much that it tastes like a soda. You can make your own cherry juice by running fresh cherries through a juicer, or if you're in a pinch, you can purchase store-bought juice instead. This sangria is one of our favorite spring mocktail recipes! Check it out below.
- 3 cups cherry juice
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 3 slices of pineapple, diced
- 1 apple, diced
- 2 cups of chilled sparkling black cherry water
Combine all the juices (cherry, pineapple, lemon) and sugar in a pitcher. Stir until they are well mixed. Next, add the diced fruits to the mixture. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours to allow the flavors to blend. When it's time to serve, add the sparkling water to your pitcher and give it a quick stir. Serve, sip, and enjoy!
2. Lavender Lemonade
Some spring mocktail recipes are complicated, but you can't get any easier than a refreshing, floral, citrus beverage like lavender lemonade. You just need a few ingredients, including lemon juice, honey, and a good helping of fresh lavender from your garden or local farmer's market.
The color and smell of lavender are known for their calming effects, so it's perfect if you want to relax with friends on a warm spring day. And, since it also smells lovely, serve it in decorative glasses that allow the aromas to be enjoyed when you have company over!
- 6 cups water (divided across recipe)
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 tbsp dried lavender
- 2 cups lemon juice
- Optional blue or purple food coloring
Combine two cups of water and the ½ cup of sugar over medium heat, stirring until the sugar fully dissolves. Take it off the heat and stir in the honey and dried lavender. To make a complete lavender flavor infusion, steep this mixture for approximately two hours (less time will have less pronounced flavor). Once the time has passed, strain the mixture and discard the bits of lavender.
Next, combine the lemon juice, lavender syrup mixture, and four cups of water into a pitcher. Stir until the ingredients are thoroughly combined. If you want to give your drink pops of color, add a few drops of blue or purple food coloring—this is a showstopper when throwing a party.
When it's time to serve, garnish the drinks with a wedge of lemon and a piece of lavender.
If you're feeling adventurous and can consume alcohol, try adding gin or vodka—or substitute sparkling wine for an alcoholic drink that's perfect for after dinner. Cheers!
3. Blueberry Spritzer
If you're looking for a fun spring mocktail that doesn't involve alcohol, we recommend a blueberry spritzer. This recipe only requires a few easy-to-find ingredients, so it's definitely easy (and fun) to make at home. You can also change up the flavor by using another berry in place of blueberries or varying your mixers (for example, try flat water or a flavored club soda instead).
This recipe is for a single portion, so feel free to double or triple it as needed. Check it out!
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 10 mint leaves
- 1oz lime juice
- 1oz simple syrup
- 4oz Soda water
Add blueberries, mint, and syrup into a cocktail shaker. Muddle the ingredients until they're thoroughly combined. Next, and the lime juice. Add ice and shake. Pour the mixture into your glass and top it off with soda water. Garnish the beverage with a few blueberries and a sprig of mint. Enjoy!
4. Cranberry Cooler
This Cranberry Cooler is alcohol-free, although many people assume it contains vodka. This drink is a fun way to mocktail a favorite cocktail, serve it to alcohol-intolerant friends or keep the kids included in your springtime festivities.
Can't find cherries? No problem! This spring mocktail would also taste delicious with other fruit juices, like pomegranate. Additionally, you can opt for regular seltzer or tonic for the carbonated component; any bubbly water will taste great. Let's make one!
- 1qt cranberry juice
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 1qt carbonated water
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 cup raspberry sherbet
Combine all the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth. Then, pour it over fresh ice. Garnish with a ledge of women and enjoy!
5. Italian Cream Soda
An old-fashioned favorite, Italian cream soda is a fantastic drink for spring because it's made with cream, which can cool you down on hot days. Also, it's incredibly refreshing—which is always a great thing when lounging in the sun. Italian cream soda is also great because you can change flavors by adding various syrups and juices. You don't have to worry about growing bored with consuming the same flavors over and over again.
This mocktail recipe is one that will never get old! Let's give it a shot.
- 3 tbsp flavored syrup (You can add any type of infused syrup you want!)*
- 1 tbsp heavy cream
- Sparkling mineral water
Add the syrup to the bottom of a glass, and then add ice. Slowly pour the sparkling water until the glass is 75% full. Then, add the heavy cream on top and give it a stir.
*If you want to make your own syrup at home, follow these steps:
- 1 cup of fruit
- ¼ cup of water
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- Instructions: Combine all ingredients over medium heat and bring to a boil. Continue cooking until the fruit is wilted or loses its texture. Take it off the heat and let it cool. Once cooled, strain the mixture to remove and discard the fruit.
6. Hibiscus Iced Tea
As a mocktail, hibiscus iced tea is an excellent drink for spring! Because it looks and tastes like iced tea but has zero caffeine. It's also easy to make.
Hibiscus flowers come from hibiscus plants, cultivated since pre-Columbian times. Native to Central America and Mexico, they're widely grown throughout tropical areas around the world—you may have seen them used as tropical decorations. They have a beautiful red and pink hue.
If you're unfamiliar with the flavor of hibiscus, some people describe it as earthy. Many say it reminds them of sour cherries, cranberries, or apples—and others call it floral.
Let's make some hibiscus iced tea, shall we?
- 2qts water (divided across recipe)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 1oz lime juice
Make a simple syrup by combining two cups of water and one cup of sugar over medium heat. Stir until the sugar fully dissolves. Take it off the heat and stir in the flowers. Let the syrup mixture cool completely before continuing with the recipe. Next, strain the syrup into a pitcher to remove and discard the flowers. Next, add the remaining four cups of water and lime juice. Stir to combine.
Flatwater can also be substituted for a bubbly counterpart. Once you're ready to serve, pour the mix over fresh ice and garnish with a lime wedge. Enjoy!
7. Ginger Mango Lassi
This drink is a version of lassi, an Indian yogurt drink. A lassi is typically served cold and is popular in South Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Lassis are often flavored with fruits or spices such as ginger and mint or sweetened with honey. Drinking lassis is a great way to get in more servings of dairy, and each glass can have up to 10 grams of protein!
This lassi variation comes flavored with ginger and mangoes. Ginger adds a great kick to make it spring-perfect, but you can add or take some away, depending on your preference. So easy to make at home; just blend everything until smooth!
This recipe makes multiple servings so you can share with a friend (or not). It would be fun to serve at a girls' night or birthday party. Add a decorative straw for an extra layer of eye-catching goodness!
Let's get started.
- 2 mangos, peeled and sliced
- 1 piece of ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 8oz containers of vanilla yogurt
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 handful of ice cubes
First, place the grated ginger into a bowl and use your fingers to press out the juices. Then, strain and discard the juiced ginger gratings. Next, put the ginger and all other ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy!
Mixly's Fun Spring Mocktail Drinks to Make at Home
If you want to have some fun making drinks at home but don't want to put in a lot of effort to make your own syrups and sodas, Mixly has got you covered. With the premade mixers, you can have a slew of spring mocktails in seconds still made with natural, fresh ingredients. All you have to do is pour your favorite Mixly Mixer over ice, add water or seltzer over the top, stir it, and enjoy!
With so many flavors to choose from, there is sure to be an option to make your spring mocktail dreams come true. Have fun making drinks at home with Mixly. Cheers!