Three simple alcoholic-free mocktails to tickle your taste buds

Marcella McEvoy, Specialist Editor, Bupa
Senior Health Content Editor at Bupa UK
11 October 2023
Next review due October 2026

Are you looking for some mocktail ideas? Or maybe you want to swap your weekly units of alcohol with some tasty non-alcoholic alternatives? Mixing up a mocktail is a fun way to enjoy a special drink without the alcohol.

Here are three tasty mocktail recipes that you might like to try. They’re easy to make and perfect for all seasons and every occasion.

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1. Virgin pina colada

This is a great summer party drink option, that’s an easy mocktail formula to follow and will add a bit of sunshine to your day. Ingredients include pineapple juice, coconut milk and mock rum syrup.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 150ml (5.28 floz) pineapple juice
  • 50ml (1.76 floz) coconut milk
  • 25ml (0.88 floz) lime juice
  • Handful of ice
  • Tinned cherry to garnish (optional)

For the mock rum syrup:

  • 100g (3.53oz) dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 1 pineapple, plus a few strips of skin and leaves to garnish
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 black peppercorns


  • Start by making the mock rum syrup. Add the brown muscovado sugar and 200ml water to a saucepan, and heat gently until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the black peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon stick and a few strips of pineapple skin.
  • Bring the mix to the boil, then turn off the heat and allow to cool.
  • When cooled, strain into a jug and leave in the fridge.
  • Next, pour the pineapple juice into a tall glass, and add the lime juice and coconut milk.
  • Still gently and fill the glass to the top with a handful of ice.
  • Slowly add 25ml of the syrup so it sinks to the bottom.
  • Garnish with pineapple leaves and your tinned cherry.

2. Raspberry cordial

With lots of fruity goodness this easy-to-make raspberry infused mocktail recipe is a tasty option for all seasons, and tastes delicious with soda on ice.

Ingredients (makes 700ml / 14 standard drinks)

  • 500g (17.6oz) fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 500g (17.6oz) caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Soda and ice to serve


  • Add the raspberries to a pan with the vinegar and sugar.
  • Mash over a low heat for 10 minutes until syrupy and smooth.
  • Rub the mix through a sieve into another pan.
  • Tip the seeds from the sieve into a bowl and stir in 300ml of water.
  • Then sieve again to separate the remaining pulp from the seeds.
  • Pour the liquid into the pan with the sieved pulp, stir well and boil for 1 minute.
  • Add the soda and ice to serve, or seal in small sterilised bottle until needed.

3. Cheat’s ginger beer

This refreshing mocktail is the perfect alcohol-free choice to enjoy, especially if you like a bit of spice. Only four ingredients are needed to make it.

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 1 chopped lemon
  • 100g (3.5oz) ginger, roughly chopped
  • 100g (3.5oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 1-litre (1.76 pints) chilled lemonade /sparkling water to serve


  • Add the lemon and ginger to a bowl.
  • Pour over 300ml water and blitz with a hand blender until very smooth.
  • Strain through a sieve into a bowl, then press the pulp to remove as much liquid as you can.
  • Add the sugar to the bowl and blitz again.
  • Pour mix into a bottle and chill until ready to use.
  • Add the sparkling water or lemonade to dilute before serving.

If these don’t sound appealing there are lots of other alcoholic-free recipes online that you can try. You can also find out about the benefits of alcohol-free alternatives and how to make them extra special.

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Marcella McEvoy, Specialist Editor, Bupa
Marcella McEvoy
Senior Health Content Editor at Bupa UK

    • Virgin pina colada. BBC good food., accessed October 2023
    • Raspberry cordial. BBC good food., accessed October 2023
    • Cheat’s ginger beer. BBC good food., accessed October 2023

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